AFA Scheduling Committee Update

September 27, 2020 Scheduling Committee

November Bid 339 – Scheduling Notes 

November trips are finished, and we find ourselves flying 42 trips in state of Alaska. All of these will be out of SEA as that is where the pilots that are qualified are based. IBT was able to put in some parameters for this bid. Having only four legs a day max is the only major one for the Alaska flying to mitigate having a long last day that may have timed out for the pilots. I know that no one has yet to fly these trips so let the scheduling committee know if there are any issues or concerns so that we can try to mitigate them in December’s schedule. Keep in mind the parameters listed below for the E175 were not used for the State of Alaska trip pairings. 

E175: Flying will only be out of PDX and SEA. (All State of Alaska trips will be out of SEA).

Q400: flying will be in all bases.

Parameters for the Pairing Solution


The parameters that are in the pairing solution for the E175 are: The rest parameter that rest will be longer than the previous and following duty days. There are 6 working legs this includes DH, however there are only 15 trips that have 5 leg days none with 6.  There is an 10:00-hour minimum rest in this month, only 14.3% of trips are under 11 hours. November has rests set at 4:48 everywhere, 23% of the trips have sits longer than 2:30 with the majority of these in SEA but you will see some in SFO, GEG, SNA, and a few elsewhere.


The parameter that are in the pairing solution for the Q400 are: The rest parameter that rest will be longer than the previous and following duty days. There was a maximum of 5 working legs, 6 including DH. 10:00 hour minimum rest, very few are under 11 hours. Max sits are varied in November most are set at 2:30 hours with bases at 4:48, there are quite a few sits over 2:30 about 36%, it has to do with marketing changes in November only a handful went over the 4 hour mark. Remember that you can request a day room for any sit time more than 4 hours.

November:  There are a total of 644 trips on the E175 and 494 on the Q400, 1138 between both aircraft. 

Break down by base E175: 

  • PDX has 117 total trips
  • SEA has 547 total trips

Total of trips/day: 


Credit per base: 

Total  9710:25   

Credit Time/Duty: 

PDX:   5:17 
SEA:   4:51 

Break down by base Q400: 

  • BOI has 107 total trips
  • GEG has 95 total trips
  • MFR has 67 total trips
  • PDX has 166 total trips
  • SEA has 59 total trips

Total of trips/day: 


Credit per base: 


Credit Time/Duty: 

BOI:    4:43 
GEG:   4:47 
MFR:  4:40 
PDX:   4:45 
SEA:   4:41

We will continue to advocate for improvements for our members each month during pairing development process. Our schedule makes a huge difference in determining our work-life balance as well as our overall pay. Again, if you have any comments or suggestions, please advise your base scheduling reps. We are in need of new scheduling rep for the GEG and MFR bases. If you are interested please submit a letter of interest to Joelle Jaeger at for GEG and Kirk Hansen at for MFR.

And finally, Claire Michaels, the newly appointed MEC Scheduling Chair, will begin her Jeppessen training in October and will work on the notes with me for the next pairing build. We are looking forward to her insight and direction on our committee. Please join me in welcoming her to the committee when you see her out on the line.

In solidarity,

Peter Oxentenko 
MEC Crew Scheduling Liaison (acting)
Council 17 Scheduling Chair (PDX/MFR)

Jolene Vallelunga-Heller and Sherry Busch
Council 17 Scheduling Reps (PDX)

Kenneth Cantu and Nicole Lajuett
Council 16 Scheduling Rep (SEA)

Heather Coleman
Council 16 Scheduling Rep (PAE)

Miria Davis
Council 16 Scheduling Rep (BOI)