September Scheduling Notes – Bid 337

AFA Update

September Scheduling Notes – Bid 337

Hello all and good day.

Hope everyone is as healthy as can be. The September build is in the books and it looks like we will be flying about 1500 less credits than we did in August. That’s not a whole lot considering we are entering the fall schedule. The build focused on reducing cost again as well as maximizing credit for two-day trips on the E175 and trying to get trip distribution to somewhat be more even in the bases on both aircraft. The solutions also tried to minimize sits greater than four hours. It was unable to get rid of all of them, but it did reduce them greatly. 

E175: Flying will only be out of PDX and SEA.

Q400: Flying will be in all bases.

Parameters for the Pairing Solution – There are a total of 678 trips on the E175 and 529 on the Q400, 1207 between both aircraft. 

E175: The only 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 5 working legs with an optional 6th as a DH. Upon a quick look though, there didn’t seem to be any trips that had more than four working legs.  There is a 10-hour minimum rest parameter in this month; there are approximately 129 trips with rest between 10:30 and 10:45. September has a penalty on sits greater than four hours.

Q400: There is the parameter that the rest cannot be shorter than the duty days either before or after said rest. There can be a maximum of 5 working legs with an optional 6th as a D and a 10-hour 55-minute minimum rest. There is a penalty on sits greater than four hours.

Break down by base E175: 

  • PDX has 120 total trips
  • SEA has 558 total trips

Total of trips/day: 


Credit per base: 


Credit Time/Duty: 

PDX:    5:05 
SEA:    4:57 

Break down by base Q400: 

  • BOI has 99 total trips
  • GEG has 98 total trips
  • MFR has 44 total trips
  • PDX has 219 total trips
  • SEA has 69 total trips

Total of trips/day: 


Credit per base: 


Credit Time/Duty: 

BOI:     4:51 
GEG:   4:47 
MFR:   4:49 
PDX:    4:46 
SEA:    4:49 

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 a new scheduling rep for the GEG base. If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest to Joelle Jaeger at

In solidarity,

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

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

Jana Gray
Council 17 Scheduling Rep (MFR)

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

Heather Coleman
Council 16 Scheduling Rep (PAE)

Miria Davis Council
16 Scheduling Rep (BOI)