So we all know that airlines book hotels for crew members when they stay the night away from their home-base. But it got me thinking, instead of paying $200-$400 a night or even more depending on the city, would it be be more economical at all for airlines to lease a house or apartment for these crew members? Depending on the city here in America, I'm thinking a monthly rent could reasonably be between $1000 to $3000 a month, which surely beats $200-$400 every night. Of course, the figures are just estimates and subjective according to where we're speaking about. A lot of factors I guess can play a role in calculating this as well - how many crewmembers are there a night, frequency of the flight, etc.
Hypothetical speaking, if an airline serves a market where there would be less than 10 affiliated people spending the night, an apartment could be feasible. A 3 bedroom apartment fitted with 2 twin beds in each room bedroom and an additional one in the living area could fit 7-8 crewmembers. It might not be ideal, but I was interested in hearing others thoughts.
Why not just buy Cousin Eddie's RV and position it in the employee parking lot of a given airport? Someone could drive it to the car wash once a week for a thorough inside vacuum cleaning / outside bucket wash and down to the nearest RV dump site. I'm sure someone could figure out how to run an extension cord back to the nearest airport outlet.
But kidding aside, given the pay scales of many crew members, having a relatively nice hotel room and a shuttle to and fro along with whatever paltry per diem these people get is probably one of the better perks in that line.
I for one would love it, and have tried to convince my employer to do so.
I do have certain standards though, cleaning needs to be included, only 1 pilot per room, wifi and kitchen provided. The other pilots were in favour of the idea too.
With my currently setup, I travel up to 3 months in a row, staying in hotels all the time. Most of the time, we even stay at one base for 3 or 4 weeks in a row. IMHO, hotels, even really good ones, have some glaring faults. The restaurants a dead boring and all so similar. The menus are so uninteresting! Pricey too. And sometimes, I just want to avoid interacting with any more strangers for the day. I would far prefer to cook my own food. So far, that was only possible at an Intercontinental where they booked us in the suites that came with kitchens.
Funny how many people think of airlines as a racket when airline employees get fleeced by hotel restaurants. So I guess a nicer extended stay near the airport with shuttle service could do.
The OP proposes dormitories. Too much liability. US operators would never do it.
Employees do it all the time. The term is "crash pad".
There you have it. Liability. If employees want to be flying buddies and share beds or apartments that's their business. But it's not like the company will ask them to do it, with airlines and anywhere else.
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