Welcome back guys! Although January’s roster is about to be released (sorry!) I thought it was well worth talking about this once since there have been some changes to it.
Our rosters are published 12 days prior to the end of the month, unless that day falls on a weekend then it will be 13 or 14 days prior instead. The legal minimum days we have to be notified by rules set by the CAA are 11 days, but here at BA we get our rosters a day earlier than needed.
December’s Roster originally started with (* = New Destination):
- Vancouver/YVR, Canada 🇨🇦 (Not a new destination for me, but a new one as a Flight Attendant)
- Philadelphia/PHL, USA 🇺🇸
- Home and Airport standby which turned into a Luxembourg/LUX turnaround and a Manchester/MAN night stop!
- Krakow/KRK, Poland 🇵🇱(Turnaround)
- Tel Aviv/TLV, Israel 🇮🇱 (Was Doha!)
- Toronto/YYZ, Canada 🇨🇦*
However, there have been some changes to this months roster, and I shall explain why. Recently, some of the Boeing 787-900s have been recalled because they have noticed that the blades in the engines have weathered faster than anticipated, and of course this needed to be addressed ASAP. So, those planes have been grounded and brought in for the appropriate maintenance to be undertaken to get those Dreamyliners back in the air. As a result of this, some of the 777s have been used to cover these routes since they’re incredibly popular for us, and one of the easiest routes for us to take an aircraft away from just so happens to be Doha. As Qatar Airways flies Doha to London to Doha, 5 – 6 times per day ranging from the A380 to the B787, and with them being a OneWorld alliance partner, the frequency of those flights can facilitate BA passengers, and free up an aircraft to be used elsewhere, and subsequently an entire crew as well. Which is what happened to not only myself, but a lot of crew throughout December and of course this is to ensure the utmost safety whe travelling with us, and other airlines too.
What was a trip has now been altered to an ‘AVAILABLE’ day. As far as BA are concerned that was a work day, and will continue to be so since I was originally rostered for a flight. My available will change with 48 hours notice, and I could end up being rostered a trip where someone has requested unpaid leave, and the rest of my roster marries up well with theirs in terms of my days off after that available period, I could cover someone who had called in unfit to operate, and again my trio can only change if my days off allow it, and of course, I could be fostered as non-op (non operating crew AKA day off). Since I have only one day off before next duty, I am quite restricted to where I can fly. I could end up doing North Africa, The Middle East, a 3 day Euro Tour or 3 days of turnarounds. *Update* my available days turned into a 3 day trip to Tel Aviv!
I hope that gives some insight into our schedules and how they’re rostered, but also that nothing is ever linear. Everything in the aviation industry is so layered and destined, and the tiniest consideration has to be made at even the smallest level.