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      Post #41436, posted on 02-23-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      Air Canada Flight Attendants:
      Compensation, Benefits and Working Conditions


      Air Canada employs a total of 6,800 flight attendants based at the airline’s four largest hub airports in Canada: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

      Salaries and wages paid to Air Canada flight attendants amounted to approximately $311 million in 2010, excluding Health and Pension benefits.


      Compensation

      • Air Canada flight attendants receive an average of $57,056 in compensation per year, excluding Incentive Rewards, and Health and Pension benefits.

      • A flight attendant who becomes a Service Director in his/her third year of service will see an increase of 107 percent in compensation over four years totaling $69,177, excluding Incentive Rewards, and Health and Pension benefits.

      • Flight attendants’ compensation is comprised of several elements: Base Salary (average $47,554 per year) calculated at an hourly rate ranging from $22.99/hr first year to $48.27/hr after 9 years of service, plus additional pay averaging $9,502 per year that includes Allowances (per diems, gratuities, dry cleaning, hosiery and shoe allowances), Premiums (egg. ground duty) and Commissions (duty free sales).

      • Eighty-three per cent of Air Canada flight attendants receive more than $56,000 in compensation per year, excluding Health and Pension benefits.

      • In addition to compensation detailed above, flight attendants received an average of $2,125 in Incentive Rewards in 2010 as well as Health and defined Pension benefits valued at $14,039, for total compensation valued at $73,220.


      Starting Salaries

      • Only four per cent of Air Canada flight attendants have less than four years experience and therefore fall within annual compensation range of $31,235 - $33,467, excluding Health and Pension benefits.

      • Due to pay scale increases provided for in the collective agreement, flight attendants receive hourly salary rate increases totaling 110 per cent over nine years of service, from $22.90/hr in the first year to $48.27/hr in the 10th year.

      • The average compensation over the first twelve months of employment based on first year starting salaries is $24,474, excluding Incentive Rewards, Health and Pension benefits.

      • Contrary to claims reported in the media, no Air Canada flight attendant who worked a full year earned as little as $18,000.


      Hours Worked

      • Consistent with airline industry practice, flight attendants’ base salary is calculated using hours flown.

      • Flight attendants select their schedule on a monthly basis (“bidding”), based on seniority and personal preferences such as days on/days off, layover destinations, per diem expenses or a combination of choices.

      • Crew members are scheduled to fly between 71-80 hours per month eight months per year (“80 hour months”), and between 76-85 hours per month four months per year (“85 hour months”).

      • Every month, they may volunteer to increase their schedule up to a maximum of 100 hours/month.

      • In 2010, Air Canada’s flight attendants were paid an average of 84.7 hours per month.

      • Every month, flight attendants are guaranteed a minimum pay. In the event hours flown is less than half of the scheduled duty time (egg. due to weather or irregular operations) crew members are paid a minimum guarantee of 50 per cent of their duty period, or are guaranteed at least 65 hours paid per month (or 70 paid hours for “on Reserve” schedules). In these instances, crew members are paid for ground time in between flights as they are considered to be on duty.


      Crew Rest

      • When the ground time between two flights is greater than five hours, Air Canada arranges and pays for hotel accommodation and ground transportation.

      • Short overnight stopovers (less than five hours) represent less than two per cent of Air Canada’s daily overall flight attendant schedules. At airports where no amenities are available overnight, such as restaurant concessions, crew rest facilities are provided to crew members operating a continuous overnight flight with less than five hours on the ground.

      • On flights greater than 11.5 hours, crew members are provided with crew bunks in a dedicated crew rest cabin on all Boeing 777 and select Boeing 767 aircraft. On “non-bunk” Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 aircraft crew are provided with Executive First Class suites with lie flat beds for crew rest.

      • On these long haul flights (>11.5 hours), crew members have a crew rest period during the flight that varies between 2 -5 hours per crew member.

      • Flight attendants are guaranteed a minimum of 12 days off per month. Crew on “Reserve” receive 13 days off per month.

      • In 2010, crew members received an average of 18.5 days off per month.


      Vacation and Days Off

      • Newly hired flight attendants receive 14 paid days of vacation after their first year plus an additional 9 vacation days in lieu off statutory holidays for a total of 23 paid vacation days per year.

      • The maximum annual vacation entitlement is 35 days plus 9 additional days for statutory holidays for a total of 44 paid vacation days per year.

      • In 2010, employees took an average 33 paid days of vacation, including statutory holidays.

      • Employees are granted 12 paid sick days per year and in 2010 they used an average of 10 days each. Unused days can be carried over (banked) to the following years to a max of 125 days


      Health Care

      • Air Canada provides comprehensive Health Care and Dental Care benefits – one of the most generous benefits packages in Canada covering employees health care costs. During economic downturns when the industry was negatively impacted, Air Canada has continued to pay 100% of the cost of the majority of the benefit plans including: basic provincial medical plan insurance (except in BC / AB), supplementary health, dental, group disability and group life insurance. The majority of our comparators offer a more limited benefit package on a cost-sharing basis. Most corporations offer a more limited benefit package on a cost-sharing basis.

      • Air Canada’s total employee benefits expense in 2010 was $365 million, representing 23.9% of the total salaries and wages expense, equating to a cost of approximately $15,665 per Air Canada full time equivalent (FTE) employee.


      Defined Benefits Pension Plan

      • A flight attendant with 30 years service who retires at age 65 will receive an estimated average annual Defined Benefit pension of $27,355 (approximately 53 per cent of pensionable earnings).

      • A generous early retirement provision enables CUPE-represented employees to retire with an unreduced Defined Benefit pension if they are at least 55 years of age and a) have completed 25 years qualifying service or b) the sum of age and qualifying service is 80 or more. A flight attendant with 25 years service who retires at age 55 will receive an estimated average annual pension (unreduced) of $22,796 (approximately 44 per cent of pensionable earnings).


      Travel Benefits

      • Air Canada's Travel Policy provides all employees with unlimited space available travel on Air Canada and Jazz flights throughout the network. In addition, employees are granted access and preferential rates on other carriers.
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      Post #41437, posted on 02-23-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      What in the world does all this have to do with airliner modeling may I ask?

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      Post #41438, posted on 02-23-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      So why Air Canada is not being able to reach with mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents a new contract agreement???

      its about 9,000 (9 thousand) workers...
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      Post #41440, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      We do have a Forum section for airlines and airplanes, and this certainly falls in that category. IMHO we could use more civil aviation discussions. After all, if they didn't exist, we wouldn't have much of a hobby.

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      Post #41443, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      We don't need to have our hobby mixed up with labour politics and strategies. To those interested, there are myriads of electronic sources throughout cyber space elsewhere than the Airliner Cafe...!
      -Harry B.

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      Post #41445, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      I hereby call upon the moderator's opinon... Does "political" issues conform with the intention of Airliner Cafe?
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      Post #41449, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      Wages, salaries and benefits discussion was NEVER political in any aviation forum.
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      Post #41450, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      Have a nice day..

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      Post #41451, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      We are talking about airlines and all that got to do with this, we are NOT talking about politics or political strategies, which is not acceptable in any aviation forum.
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      Post #41452, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      My two cents worth: airline employement conditions have absolutely nothing to do with the aircraft that the airlines fly. We make model aircraft. Lets stick to discussions on aircraft and how to make scale models of them.

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      Post #41454, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
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      My two cents worth: airline employement conditions have absolutely nothing to do with the aircraft that the airlines fly. We make model aircraft. Lets stick to discussions on aircraft and how to make scale models of them.


      Couldn't agree more!!
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      Post #41455, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
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      We do have a Forum section for airlines and airplanes, and this certainly falls in that category. IMHO we could use more civil aviation discussions. After all, if they didn't exist, we wouldn't have much of a hobby.


      Yes, We do have a Forum section for airlines and airplanes, and airline employement got ALL to do with aircraft that airlines fly.
      Airlinercafe is not a place only dedicated to modeling but to talk about aircraft and airlines AS WELL! I AGREE 100% with You, Ahmed!, NO MATTER what others may say on this.
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      Post #41456, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      Yes, We do have a Forum section for airlines and airplanes, and airline employement got ALL to do with aircraft that airlines fly.
      Airlinercafe is not a place only dedicated to modeling but to talk about aircraft and airlines AS WELL! I AGREE 100% with You, Ahmed!, NO MATTER what others may say on this.



      The moderator's opinion on airline employees' salary struggles to be dealt with in this otherwise excellent forum is needed more than ever..!
      Happy MODELLING!!
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      Post #41459, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
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      Yes, We do have a Forum section for airlines and airplanes, and airline employement got ALL to do with aircraft that airlines fly.
      Airlinercafe is not a place only dedicated to modeling but to talk about aircraft and airlines AS WELL! I AGREE 100% with You, Ahmed!, NO MATTER what others may say on this.



      The moderator's opinion on airline employees' salary struggles to be dealt with in this otherwise excellent forum is needed more than ever..!
      Happy MODELLING!!
      -Harry B.


      Moderator´s opinion wanted and this is an airline and aircraft forum which we can tell about wages and salaries with NO WORRIES!
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      Post #41464, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      I think you guys are making this a bigger deal than it has to be. If no one had responded then this would've been at the bottom of the list already.

      I guess thinking about it again, it's more relevant for us to talk about the metal (or should I say plastic?) than what the airline does or doesn't do with it's pilots, flight attendants, or whatever. If it affects the airplanes, it's more interest to us! Now lets get back to airliner modeling and let Air Canada sort things out by themselves.

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      Post #41465, posted on 02-24-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Ahmed!

      As it is affects the airplanes, to me it´s more than interest to us, Thanks a lot!

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