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March 7, 2005
HIGH FLYING OPTION NOTIFICATION
As you know the options are targeted for elimination in May. Please be aware if you are currently on the 90/95, 100/105 or 6 trip option and wish to be grandfathered into the High Flying Option you must notify the Company by the close of business on Thursday March 10, 2005. Believe it or not there is no official form so you must submit your own notification by fax. I would include: Name, Employee #, Current Base and Current option with a statement indicating you are requesting to be "grandfathered" into the High Flying Option. Everyone that elects this option will be required to fly a minimum of 100hours of "Company Time". Time picked up from the ETB will not count toward your obligation. Those on the High Flying Option will be allowed to use SAP/Secondary Line Augmentation and/or the AIL to increase their flying. The ability to pick up increased time through SAP/Secondary Line Augmentation appears to be one of the advantages to considering the High Flying Option. I have copied the CBS and theHub notifications detailing the requirements for the Option in this E-Line. With the elimination of the options Reserve LTO will be calculated by hours and minutes rather than by percentages. Therefore the creation of the High Flying Option will not disadvantage those Reserves not on the option. ALL Reserves will be contacted based solely on the number of hours of "Company Time" they have flown.
In accordance with the new Agreement that eliminates all flying options and the Letter of Agreement that permits those flight attendants who are CURRENTLY on the 90/95, 100/105, or 6-trip ITD option to be grandfathered on a new High Flying Option if they so elect, please be advised that you must notify the Company no later than March 10, 2005 if you choose to participate in the High Flying Option (100 to 105 hours per month). This opportunity to sign up is a one-time offering and will not be repeated.
Only lineholders or reserves who are currently on the 90/95, 100/105, or 6-trip ITD option may make this election. Any flight attendant who elects the new High Flying Option is NOT required to give up any of his/her eleven (11) scheduled days off in a month, nor is he/she required to work on a holiday on which he/she was not originally scheduled to work. This provision was negotiated to allow those flight attendants who choose to do so the ability to obtain their time via SAP, through augmenting their secondary line, through the AIL or by building their line via the Preferential Bid System (when implemented).
In making your decision, please consider the following:
-- If a flight attendant who makes this election fails to come in with at least 100 hours in any two (2) months in a rolling six (6) month period, he/she will be removed from the High Flying Option and will not have the ability to return to this option.
--Any flight attendant electing this option will be required to come in with 100 to 105 hours per month of Company time. Therefore, any flight time picked up from the Electronic Trade (ETB) WILL NOT count towards the High Flying Option obligation.
--While the flight attendant's ability to achieve a 100 to 105 hours may be obtained via SAP, through augmenting his/her secondary line, through the AIL or by building his/her line via the Preferential Bid System (when implemented), it should be noted that, once the Electronic Trip Board (ETB) is in place, any flight attendant who elects to do so may fly time picked from up from other flight attendants via the ETB. The only restriction is that such time picked up may not conflict with trips in his/her line of flying, certain legality buffers must be maintained, and the flight attendant may not exceed 24 hours in a 7-day period.
For some flight attendants that are eligible to be grandfathered it my be preferable to forgo the new High Flying Option and just use the ETB for additional time, as the ETB potentially affords a lot of flexibility and does not mandate that the flight attendant come in with 100 to 105 hours per month.
Any flight attendant currently on 90/95, 100/105, or 6-trip ITD option whose preference is the High Flying Option effective May 1, 2005, will be required to submit written notification of such to Inflight Administration by the close of business of March 10, 2005. Notifications may be faxed to 703-872-6476.
LEC President CLT