For the primary time in my life, I believe what I’ve what it takes to change into a flight attendant (as a result of I don’t suppose I’d take care of passengers very effectively).
Airways are working cargo-only flights
With passenger demand for air journey at document lows, airways have began working cargo-only flights. There’s nonetheless loads of demand for cargo, each to move common provides, in addition to to move medical provides and different distinctive issues wanted proper now.
Typically airways carry some cargo within the maintain of planes, whether or not that’s conventional cargo or mail. With so many industrial planes grounded, there’s little doubt some hole left in cargo operations.
Fairly just a few airways are working cargo flights, and Air Canada has even gone as far as to take away seats from three Boeing 777-300ERs, which doubles the cargo capability of the planes.
American Airways has been working some cargo-only flights. From Hong Kong, to London, to Buenos Aires, the airline is working a good variety of cargo flights.
For instance, right here’s a take a look at American Airways’ cargo schedule, with flights operated by 787-9s, 777-200s, and 777-300s:
These cargo flights have flight attendants
Perhaps I’m the one one who finds this fascinating, however I’ve been curious how the staffing on these flights works. Clearly there are pilots, however what about flight attendants?
Effectively, the Affiliation of Skilled Flight Attendants (APFA), which is the union representing American Airways flight attendants, has simply outlined this.
Minimal staffing for American Airways cargo flights (with out passengers) will likely be as follows:
For slim physique planes, there have to be a minimal of two flight attendants
For large physique planes, there have to be a minimal of three flight attendants
No less than one flight attendant will have to be on obligation always, within the occasion that different flight attendants relaxation
In some instances there’ll simply be cargo within the maintain, whereas in some instances the cabin will likely be stuffed with cargo as effectively (although American isn’t eradicating seats from any planes).
I’m not going to lie, this looks as if form of a enjoyable gig. I’d like to have the cabin of a 777 all to myself for an extremely lengthy haul flight.
Why are flight attendants wanted on cargo flights?
Why is there even a necessity for flight attendants on cargo-only planes? It comes all the way down to security. Whereas cargo holds have subtle detectors in case any cargo catches hearth, within the passenger cabin the programs work otherwise, since they’re not typically designed for cargo.
Subsequently it helps have some folks keeping track of the cabin, in order that any points will be addressed earlier than they change into main.
So it is a security choice to make sure that the cargo will be transported safely within the cabin.
Whereas there’s loads of frustration amongst American Airways flight attendants in the mean time, this sorta appears enjoyable. American, in the event you want any volunteers to observe the cabin for one in every of these flights, give me a hoop! I promise to be diligent, and it looks as if a straightforward approach to get in my each day 10,000 steps by simply strolling across the cabin always. 😉
(Tip of the hat to Paddle Your Personal Kanoo)