Because when they are on standby, they can be sent anywhere in the US or Canada to operate a flight, e.g. YVR
, or LAX
. They will also operate regional flights out of HKG
. I just had a look at the 777 pilots based in North America, they all have at least one regional flight out of HKG
) on their roster. Line checks and training are mainly done out of HKG
, the simulators are based in HKG
That is not true either. They also have standby days, and technically they can get called out to operate any route, this is however less likely for cabin crew as every aircraft is normally dispatched with more than the legal minimum for the flight, they can afford for 1 or 2 to go sick, pull crew from other flights etc. Cabin crew normally have an additional days layover, so effectively you always have spares of them down route.
I know some of the NA
based crew also can get sent to SEA
for delivery flights.
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