My name is Robert Hatfield, I am a flight attendant based in YYZ with Air Canada Mainline and I have accepted the position as Chair of the Component Crew Rest Committee. Joining me on the committee is YYZ Local 4092 Vice President Michelle Duhaney.
One part of the committee’s mandate is to provide the membership with crew rest/break information. This bulletin provides an overview of last sold seats, crew break, and crew rest for Air Canada rouge and Mainline cabin crew.
Air Canada rouge
**Information regarding last sold seats, crew break, and crew rest for Air Canada Rouge can be found under Article L55.31 of the Collective Agreement (CA) and rouge ePub
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 all aircraft operating flights which have a scheduled block to block flight time of greater than 8:00 hours but less than 12:45 hours, the last sold seats or a crew rest unit may be for crew rest purposes. Cabin Personnel may sleep in last sold seats or crew rest unit for a maximum of one (1) hour per crew member.
A crew break is the time allocated to eat meals and/or relax during the night.
Last Sold Seats
The last row of Economy seats are held as “last sold”. They are only assigned to revenue and/or contingent customers if all other seats have been filled. If passengers are assigned “last sold seats” when other seats are still available in the rouge Cabin, the Lead rouge Crew should inform the CSSA immediately, requesting the relocation of the passenger(s).
Seats: A319- 32ABC/A321- 43EF /B767- 49AC
• Crew breaks must be taken in assigned jumpseats if last sold seats are occupied.
• When seated in a jumpseat for breaks, Rouge Crew must ensure that their seatbelt and shoulder harness are fastened.
• Sleeping is not permitted in jumpseats, in lavatories, on the floor or in galley cavities at any time.
Reference: rouge ePub
The Lead Rouge Crew is responsible for coordinating breaks/rest. On flights with a scheduled block of greater than 8 hours but less than 12:45 hours, the last sold seats may be used for crew rest (providing the entire seat bank is empty). Cabin crew may sleep in last sold seats for a maximum of 1 hour per crew member.
Reference: Rouge ePub
Air Canada Mainline
**Information regarding last sold seats, crew break, and crew rest for Air Canada Mainline can be found throughout the Collective Agreement (CA), ePub under Onboard Crew Break/Rest, and Aeronet under Crew Scheduling/Bidding Tools/Monthly Duty Summary
Onboard crew break is defined as time allocated to eat meals and/or relax during the flight.
Last sold seats
The Company will undertake to ensure that a certain bank of economy seats are held as “last sold”.
Last sold seats are the last row of economy class left side, except B787 which are the last row centre of economy class, row 42 DEG/46 DEG.
Sleeping during crew breaks is permitted when flight duration is over 7 hours block time or gate to gate.
References: ePub, L28.01
If crew rest unit is not available
Where crew rest units are not available, crew sleep shall be permitted in Last Sold Seat.
If crew rest unit is available
Where crew rest units are available on the aircraft type, crew sleep shall only be permitted in the crew rest unit.
Crew bunk kit
Crew bunk kit (blanket, pillow case, etc.) are only provisioned on flights of greater than 8 hours from gate to gate.
B767 non-crew bunk equipped aircraft
On B767 non-crew bunk equipped aircraft which have a scheduled block to block time of greater than 8 hours, but less than 11:30 hours, the Company will dedicate 2 contiguous economy class seats for crew break purposes.
Reference: LOU 51
Onboard crew rest is defined as time allocated to cabin crew to sleep on flights with a scheduled block time of 11:30 or greater. A crew rest facility is provided for this purpose. Please note that on flights classified as an LOU 22 (A or B) that meals are to be taken separately.
Reference: ePub, L22.05.01
Crew rest facilities
767-300 Business Class 2 Pods, A330 Business Class 3 Pods, 777-200/300 OFAR, 787-800/900 OFAR.
We hope this bulletin is helpful in understanding crew break/rest information. If you are interested in joining this committee, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your Local president.
If you have any feedback, suggestions, or questions regarding crew rest/break, contractual language, or Collective Agreement articles not being adhered to by Air Canada, email your respective Local.
Your Component Crew Rest Committee