RESERVE SYSTEM’S CURRENTLY IN PLACE WITH OTHER MAJOR AIRLINES:
(This data was gathered off the internet and is believed accurate but has not been confirmed).
Delta is one of the few American airlines, that do not put new flight attendants on continuous reserve for multiple years. Every month you will have 6 days of reserve, which means that you are “on call” and need to be at the airport within 2 hours on those days. After around 13 – 27 years (depending on the base), these 6 days of reserve will disappear. Already from the start, you can self-assign trips and around the 16th you will receive a schedule for the following month with your designated trips and 6 days of reserve. You can bid for the 6 days of reserve to be in one block or in two blocks of 3 days. This way – already from the start – you will have a certain influence on the days you are flying, the days you are on reserve, the destinations you fly to and the aircraft type you work one.
The Reserve system will be on a month to month rotating basis. All Flight Attendants below the top thirty five(35) percentile in each domicile will sit reserve. A Secondary top thirty-five (35) percentile will be calculated after Primary bids close to include a one-for-one substitution for each Flight Attendant bidding down to Reserve from the Primary top thirty-five (35) percentile. A Reserve Flight Attendant who is awarded a Vacation Relief Line or Open Time line will be treated as a regular Bid Line holder for that month but the month will count toward such Flight Attendant’s Reserve rotation requirement. There will be three (3) classifications of Reserve Flight Attendants: Ready Reserve(RR), AM (AR), and PM (PR) Reserve.
( I included a lot of United’s only because it was available and right from their contract which is posted online).
For the first five years as a United Airlines flight attendant, you will be working as a so-called reserve flight attendant. This means that you will be “on call” at all working days. Every month, you will receive a schedule which shows the days that you are on call and the days that you are off. The number of flight hours you work every month varies a lot, as it completely depends on how often you are being called in to work. In order to receive a basic wage, as a Reserve Flight Attendant you are being paid at least 78 flight hours, no matter how many hours you have actually flown.
Reserve Assignment (10.C.)
Reserve line numbers are 1400-series for Call-In Reserve (CLLR) and 1500-series for Ready Reserve at all locations, both Domestic and International. Some Reserve lines may have more Reserves assigned to them than others. The company determines the number of Flight Attendants to be awarded the specific Reserve lines in compliance with Section 10.C.1.a. This provision requires that a minimum of 65% of the domicile’s Reserves will be assigned Call-in status. Section 10.C.1.c. provides for the Company and the Local Council President to review this ratio monthly. Locations with fewer than 20 Reserves, will assign Call-In and Ready status at a minimum of 50% in compliance with Section 10.C.1.b. on the cover letter published each month. In this case, the number of reserves assigned each line will be indicated in the monthly bid package Cover Letter.
Reserve Rotation (10.A.)
We have a rotating Reserve system called A/B rotation (Section 10.A.). The A/B rotation system ensures that on completion of your fifth year as a Flight Attendant, you are guaranteed to be a Lineholder every other month, if you want and bid accordingly. Upon completion of your fifth year, you are assigned a Reserve letter, either A or B. The letter can be found on the upper right-hand corner of your Unimatic LOFBID screen, on your VACBID screen; and on the domicile seniority list. Reserve letters can change every year. The Reserve letters are updated prior to the vacation bid period for the next year vacation. The new Reserve letter becomes effective for the 12 month period, beginning in February of the next year. The Contract provides for Reserve letter trades in accordance with Section 10.A.6. Reserves looking to trade letters may do so via POSTRD/TRDBRD. Reserve letter trades are submitted via Unimatic DIS*2787.
When bidding each month, determine if you may have a reserve obligation as indicated by the Senior Designated Reserve date listed in the monthly bid package Cover Letter. Reserve months are listed in Section 10.A.1.b. of the Contract. If you are designated as an ‘A’, you have a Reserve obligation in odd numbered months. If you are designated as a ‘B’, you have a Reserve obligation in even numbered months. Flight Attendants with five years or less seniority have a Reserve obligation every month. However, some Flight Attendants with a Reserve obligation every month may be able to hold a line in their Reserve months. Following Section 10.A.5 of the contract, the most senior designated reserves and the most junior lineholder of the same letter should preference both schedule and reserve positions. If it is your Reserve month and you want to do everything possible to avoid Reserve, bid all lines, including RLF. If it is your Lineholder month and some lines are so undesirable you would prefer Reserve, after you bid the lines you want, bid Reserve lines. If you are unable to hold the lines you bid, you will be awarded a line or Reserve pattern consistent with the insufficient bid; the lowest numbered line available at your seniority. As a reminder, you are guaranteed a line in your Lineholder month– not necessarily the line you may want!
Upon completion of the training program, flight attendants will be on reserve. The duration of their reserve status will be determined by their base seniority. This is straight reserve.