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Special Qualification Pairings in Open Time (IP & LQ)

Date: March 8, 2019


Special Qualification Pairings in Open Time (IP & LQ)

MEC Communications Committee

There continues to be some confusion about whether or not Flight Attendants [who are not International Pursers or Language Qualified] can pick up IP and/ or LQ pairings from open time.


In order to provide for the best opportunity for Flight Attendants who are International Pursers or Language Qualified to fill these open positions, our contract limits the opportunity for non-qualified Flight Attendants to be able to pick up these open positions to less than 14 hours prior to departure. The only situation where these pick-ups can be denied is if Scheduling anticipates that a Reserve with the special qualification will be used to cover the pairing.


Please reference JCBA Sections 7.I.20., 7.J., 7.K. & 7.L.

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