AFA has become aware that the combi that was being used as a freighter these past few weeks is actually contracted by Fed Ex. We reached out to management with our findings and have been working with them to get all of this figured out. Here is what we know at this time:
- Fed Ex has contracted Alaska Airlines to provide freight service for a period of time (not yet confirmed by management).
- This flying appears to be operating 6 days/week (everyday except Saturday).
- This flying was originally being placed into OT and picked up, but management has agreed this is a Charter and will be placing it out to be bid in First Class. These trips is still visible in OT, but can’t be picked up any longer as they now have a charter designation.
- For those FAs who do not have access to First Class, CS will accept an email sent to FA.Charter.Bids@firstclass.alaskaair.com. Look for a communication from CS with the information/format that should be included in the email when bidding for the Charter.
- Those who have previously flown this pairing will be paid charter pay for the trip(s) they flew.
- For the remainder of March, CS will place the pairing into First Class to be bid a week at a time as this is when the information feeds into their system.
- For the month of April AFA has requested all the flying be built and placed into First Class for the entire month to be bid and awarded accordingly as it is being indicated this pairing can’t be put into Navtech for April bids.
- Tracey and her team continue to work to help us find out information about this flying and will be putting out some instructions relating to checking-in and parking for this Charter.
We know this situation is less than ideal, and we will continue to research and ask for clarification, information and details on this flying. We will also continue to request this flying be built and placed into the bid packet as outlined contractually.
Your LEC Officers