Crew Rest Committee Update – June 2022

Crew Rest Unit Failure And Missing / Incomplete Bunk Kit Reporting

(This applies to Air Canada Mainline only)

Dear members,

In March 2019, the Component Crew Rest Committee issued a bulletin regarding the procedures to follow when submitting a Crew Rest Unit (CRU) Failure Report (ACF623B). There have been some changes to the procedure. When submitting an ACF623B report for a CRU failure or missing/incomplete crew bunk kit(s), the Service Director must:

  • Complete the CRU Failure Report (ACF623B).  An In-Flight Service Base Manager’s information / signature is no longer required.  Leave that section of the report blank
  • When completing the ACF623B for an INOP or failure of a CRU/OFAR, take a photo if possible, of the completed Cabin Defect Log entry for your records
  • When completing the ACF623B for missing / incomplete crew bunk kit(s) indicate in the “description of events” section the total number of missing / incomplete bunk kits.  List the affected crew members in the appropriate section.  **Please ensure you have called STOC at least 30 minutes prior to departure to request the missing crew bunk kits and note that the request was denied in the “description of events” section
  • The report should be scanned and sent to Paola.Campacci@aircanada.ca within a recommended time frame of 10 days
  • A paper copy of the report may be submitted to the Communications Centre Coordinator to the attention of Paola Campacci YYZ ZIP 2222
  • Provide copies to your Local Union Office and Component Crew Rest Committee
  • ACF623B is no longer found in the flight satchel however can be found in the Globe Briefing Package, Local Union Offices, and Communication Centres (ask the Coordinator on duty)
  • An In-Flight Service Report (eOBR) is no longer required to accompany any CRU Failure Report

 
In Solidarity,

Component Crew Rest Committee

Crew Rest Update – Long Range Flights

(This applies to AC Mainline only)

In our December 2020 bulletin, we informed the membership of any augmented LOU flying for the month and the designated Article/LOU for long range pairings.  This bulletin will clarify a few rules applicable to B14, LOU18, LOU22A/B pairings, and will provide the membership with an updated long range flying chart.

  • Once bidding is closed, the Company cannot for any reason change the designated Article/LOU
  • All the conditions (such as onboard rest, duty day limitations, crew complement, layover rest period etc.) of the designated Article/LOU apply to the entire pairing**
  • There are two possible onboard rest periods for LOU18 and LOU22A/B flights.  The duty day for each flight will determine the onboard rest period

** For greater clarity regarding onboard rest: if a pairing has been designated as LOU22B (for example YVR- DEL-YVR) the negotiated onboard rest periods for LOU22B shall apply to both the outbound and the return flights.

In 2018 the Component Crew Rest Committee issued a long range flying chart.  An updated chart (inclusive of the additional 30 minutes as per Article L60.04.06) is available to the membership.   Please click HERE for a PDF version of the chart.

In Solidarity,

Component Crew Rest Committee

November 2020 Designated Article/LOU Long Range Flying

(This Bulletin applies to AC Mainline only)

According to the November 2020 block month bid package and duty summary, the following flights have been designated as B14, LOU18, or LOU22A:

B14
YYZ-TLV-YYZ

LOU18
YVR-HKG-YVR
YYZ-NRT-YYZ

LOU22A
YVR-DEL-YVR
YYZ-DEL-YYZ
YYZ-HKG-YYZ

Members are encouraged to verify the Article or LOU each month as the designation may change and flights may be added back into the system.

The Article or LOU is designated by the company and a monthly chart containing the flights and the designated Article/LOU can be found in: Aeronet (In-Flight Service > Crew Scheduling & Planning > Bidding Tools & Information > Duty Summary).  Members may also contact their Local or the Component Crew Rest Committee.

ATTENTION CREWS OPERATING YYZ-HKG-YYZ (LOU22A):
The Company has increased the crew complement by 1 (one), and as such Cabin Services has been advised to increase the bunk kit provisioning.  Please ensure you have 11 bunk kits boarded in YYZ and 11 bunk kits boarded in HKG.

NOTE: Flights operating YVR-HKG-YVR (LOU18) also have an increase in crew complement by 1 (one), however there is no change to the provisioning of kits as the standard is 10 bunk kits on all 787 aircraft.

In Solidarity,

Component Crew Rest Committee

Crew Rest Committee Update – October 2020

(This bulletin contains information for Air Canada Mainline and Air Canada Rouge)
In our December 2019 Flash Bulletin entitled LOU28 Bunk Kits, we focused on bunk kit provisioning and usage.   If you missed that bulletin, please click HERE.

In this bulletin we would like to focus on the designation of an article/LOU for Air Canada Mainline long-range flights, and general crew rest rules pertaining to Air Canada Rouge.

AC MAINLINE CREWS

During this unprecedented time with members operating different pairings, and perhaps being unfamiliar with long range flights at each base, the Component Crew Rest Committee has created this bulletin to assist the membership when operating long range flights.  In addition to the information contained in this bulletin, the committee has included an updated Long-Range Flying Chart (click HERE for PDF).  We encourage members to carry this chart while at work.

Q: Who designates the article or LOU that a long-range flight operates under and where do I find this information?
A: The article or LOU is designated by the company and a monthly chart containing the flights and the designated article/LOU can be found in Aeronet (In-Flight Service > Crew Scheduling & Planning > Bidding Tools & Information > Duty Summary). Members may also contact their Local or the Component Crew Rest Committee.

Q: Can the company change the designated article/LOU mid month?  Can the company add an extra crew member(s) and extend the duty day to a different LOU?
A: Once bidding is closed, the company cannot for any reason change the designated article/LOU.

According to the October 2020 block month bid package and duty summary, the following flights have been designated as B14, LOU18, or LOU22A:

LOU22A LOU18 B14
YYZ-HKG-YYZ
YYZ-DEL-YYZ
YVR-DEL-YVR
YYZ-NRT-YYZ YYZ-TLV-YYZ
YVR-HKG-YVR

*Members are encouraged to verify the designated article or LOU each month.

*The service specifications may need to be modified for crew to obtain their full contractual rest times.   An In-Flight Service Report (OBR) should be filled out by the SD and submitted to the Company along with a report to your Local.

*Meal breaks are to be taken separately from the on-board crew rest.

AC ROUGE CREWS

The committee would like to inform members of crew rest language in LOU55.

Q: Am I entitled to onboard crew rest?
A: On all flights, Air Canada Rouge will undertake to ensure that a certain bank of economy seats are held as “last sold” for the purpose of crew breaks on all aircraft.  On flights with a scheduled flight time greater than eight (8:00) hours, if available you are entitled to sleep in the last sold seats or crew rest unit for a maximum of one (1) hour.

Q: Am I entitled to a rest facility on a stopover in between flights?
A: Yes. If you have an airport stopover of five (5) hours or more, you may request a shared rest facility.

Q: What is my minimum crew rest at homebase after my pairing?
A:

Following a Domestic Operation Ten (10) Hours
Following an Overseas Operation Sixteen (16) Hours
Following an Operation from Central America/South America/Caribbean where the duty period is greater than thirteen (13) hours Twelve (12) Hours

 

Q: What is my minimum crew rest on my layover?
A: The minimum Legal Rest Period at a layover point shall be ten (10) hours unless reduced to nine (9) hours for operational reasons.

Further information regarding crew rest can be found in Rouge ePub.

In Solidarity,

Component Crew Rest Committee

LOU 51 – 767 Crew Seats April 2020 Block Month

(This applies to Air Canada Mainline only)

For the block month of April 2020, the following flights fall under LOU 51 and are scheduled for a B767 aircraft. They will have 2 (two) dedicated crew rest seats when operating on B767 non-crew bunk equipped aircraft:

– There is no B767 LOU 51 flying for April 2020

The following flights are not scheduled to operate with a B767 aircraft for the month of April 2020 but have in the past. If there is an aircraft substitution and they are scheduled with a B767 aircraft the provisions of LOU 51 would apply:

– AC09 YYC-NRT
– AC10 NRT-YYC
– AC809 CMN-YUL
– AC825 AMS-YYZ
– AC829 LYS-YUL
– AC837 MAD-YYZ

– AC849 LHR-YYZ
– AC850 YYC-LHR

– AC851 LHR-YYC
– AC859 LHR-YYZ
– AC894 YYZ-MXP
– AC895 MXP-YYZ

What if these flights operate on A330 or B777/787 aircrafts?
LOU 51 is specific to the 767 (non-crew bunk) aircraft, and not applicable to the A330 or B777/787.  The B777/787 has crew bunks that may be used for crew rest/break purposes. 

***Please note that A330 aircraft may not be equipped with high comfort jumpseats and curtains.  Crew may take their rest in “last sold seats” if available as per LOU 28.  The Component has filed a grievance on this matter, CHQ-19-34 (Click HERE to view the bulletin and click HERE to view the grievance)  If you do operate on an A330, and are not afforded crew rest, please send in a copy of the PIL, showing loads, date, FIN and routing so we can forward it to the Component.

In Solidarity,

Component Crew Rest Committee