We are not productive enough.
No reserve time balancing
to much time in training
one minute out bound rule
Bank time. Overtime taken as time off rather than cash cleared.
Drop flying after taking a draft.
Drop flying with too much block growth.
Those are just off the top of my head.
Excuse my French...but ARE YOU #%$@ing SERIOUS!?!?!
The fact that you even brought up reserve as being unproductive proves that you are out to lunch. The only thing a reservist has going for them is the ability to pass/lack of time balancing. For the last 3 years on reserve that has meant almost nothing to me. Anytime I choose a juicy trip by using my seniority rights, the pairing is either changed by the time I get to the airport or it is gutted and goes from a 23 hour 4 day pairing to a 17 hours 4 day pairing. The narrow body reserve pilots are working their asses off...I'm sorry, but there are no significant productivity gains to be found on narrow body reserve.
Here are a list of items that reserve pilots have at some other airlines. I would gladly give the company Best Fit or time balancing for even one of these.
- All reserve pilots are paid a minimum of DMM
- All days off are guaranteed days off
- Ability to group days off in patterns other than designated by company
- block holder privileges once awarded a pairing
- Can't be extended another night unless at pilots option
- I'm sure there are more, but these are off the top of my head
Reserve rules at Air Canada are draconian. Reservists have no rights compared to block holders. Now, I hear the argument, don't bid to the bottom of a plane if you don't like reserve. This is fair enough, but I don't think it's a reason to make reserve even worst than it is now.
Dropping flying after a draft!?!?! NOT THE PILOT's FAULT!!! It's the companies fault for not properly staffing the airline
One minute rule??? I haven't had a DMM less than 80 hours for the last 2 years. On average I've been flying 85 hours a month. Without the 1 minute rule I'd be flying 90+ a month every month. We might as well throw the science on pilot fatigue out the window. If the company was serious about having pilots be more productive then they would make the pairings more productive instead of having the vast majority of EMJ pairings be 4-dayers under 20 hours of credit.
Maybe there are some productivity gains that can be painlessly made on the wide-body (doubt it after being a 767 RP), but the narrowbody pilot's are overall extremely productive.
p.s. I just remembered, one thing that makes AC wide-body pilots extremely productive compared to most other large airlines is that we consistently fly sectors with 2 pilots where other airlines use 3 and sectors with 3 pilots where others use 4. Also, allowing the company to use RPs instead of augment FOs or Capts is a huge productivity gain for the company.