Key work rule changes like combining our Domestic and International operations and increasing the monthly max are designed to improve flight attendant productivity and reduce costs.
A combined Domestic and International operation will offer flight attendants the opportunity to be trained to fly both, and diversify their schedule choices. This helps the company better utilize flight attendants.
With a new schedule max of 100, the company will produce a monthly line average of 80 – 90 hours. Increasing the schedule max will produce approximately $31 million in annual savings for the company. With more efficient scheduling and work rules, we will be able to operate with fewer flight attendants and reduce long-term structural costs.
The company will also implement a Preferential Bidding System (PBS) to replace the current company-built bid lines. PBS will offer flight attendants greater control, customization and flexibility of their schedules. This system modernizes the bidding process. PBS allows the company to reduce costs by eliminating scheduling conflicts and change the way we manage Reserves.