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APFA and the company have reached an agreement regarding an interim process for 35 in 7 for Reserve Flight Attendants beginning July 2, 2015.

This will be a manual calculation until programming is implemented in October 2015.

Beginning July 2, 2015, a Flight Attendant who believes there is a 35/7 illegality with an assigned sequence may contact Crew Schedule to verify if there is an illegality. The scheduler will review and include in the calculation any and all Reserve flying in the current month. If the Flight Attendant is illegal, the scheduler will make the necessary adjustment by:

·      Adjusting the sequence;
·      Swapping the Flight Attendant to another sequence; or
·      Placing the Flight Attendant back onto Ready Reserve as necessary.

Prior to making any changes, the scheduler will inform the Flight Attendant and give the option of waiving the 35/7 and retaining the trip. Waiving the 35/7 will be based on a trip by trip basis.

Since the interim process will take effect July 2, only hours flown in July will be considered for 35/7 calculations for July. Hours flown in June will not be considered for 35/7, however beginning in August, hours flown in the previous month will be considered for purposes of 35/7 legality. 

35/7 is based on actual block hours. Please keep in mind it is possible to be paid more than 35 hours in 7 days without actually having a 35-in-7 legality. The following hours do not count towards 35/7:

·      OEs / ORs / L2 / CC / CR / VE / LE
·      DHD time
·      Standby (SBY)
·      Diversion time (DIV)
·      Pay and Credit (G, E, F and P-time)
·      ATC  (ATC)
·      Deicing (DEI)
·      Ready for Departure (RFD)
·      Ramp congestion delays (RCD)

Only actual hours flown are considered for 35/7, even though you are paid the greater of scheduled versus actual flight time. For calculating future trips, use scheduled flying time only.

As was previously the case, when a Flight Attendant starts a legal sequence but subsequently within such sequence exceeds the 35/7, s/he will stay legal to complete the trip.

There will be a link to a time calculator on the APFA website, as well as examples to help you determine whether or not you have a 35/7 legality.  

APFA will be the point of contact for Flight Attendants who believe they have a 35/7 illegality involving a carry over trip beginning with the contractual month of August. Details on this process will be published once they are final.

APFA Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee
ABOUT APFA: The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, founded in 1977, represents the more than 25,000 active flight attendants at American Airlines. In November 2011, American’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Throughout the bankruptcy trial, APFA President Laura Glading served on the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee where she advocated for the American Airlines Flight Attendants. In February 2013, American and US Airways announced their intention to combine the carriers and on December 9, 2013, AA exited bankruptcy and the merger was final. Achieving a merger inside bankruptcy is unprecedented in the industry and would not have occurred without the efforts of American’s labor unions, particularly APFA.
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