3/2/21: COVID-19 Vaccine/VA System

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is now approved by the FAA for pilot use adding to the already approved vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer.  After numerous calls from ALPA leadership, the Company has released guidance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, its availability and the resultant scheduling challenges that the timing of the second dose may present.   In addition to asking for …

2/17/21: MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REMINDER

As the COVID pandemic continues on, now is not the time to let your guard down. Vaccines are becoming more and more available for those who choose to get one. In the meantime, continue to wear a mask and social distance as the Company requires. ALPA has advocated for testing availability for our pilots. Please utilize these tests, but remember the …

2/17/21: PFC COVID COUNTRY RULES AND CIQ PROCEDURES UPDATES

The Company updates the PFC COVID Country Rules and CIQ Procedures Cover Page on a frequent basis. Very recently, two key updates were made: A “pilot-friendly” flowchart was added to the Germany country page: https://pilot.fedex.com/m/fcifs/files/German-Entry-Flow-Chart.pdf An updated listing/map of COVID testing locations throughout Europe, with a hyperlink on the Cover Page: https://pilot.fedex.com/m/fcifs/files/EU-UK-Testing-Options.pdf.

2/17/21: Medical MOU Discrepancies

There have been a number of discrepancies between how the Company is handling COVID related NOQ cases and what the MOU says. Some important items to note: If you are determined to be a positive case, you will get a letter from the PAC titled “MEDICAL ABSENCE INFORMATION AND RETURN TO WORK REQUIREMENTS.” This letter incorrectly says you will be placed …

2/17/21: INTERNATIONAL DEADHEADS

Crewmembers continue to encounter problems on some international deadheads. In most cases, the airline agents are unaware of the exemptions allowed for crew member travel. There is no easy way around this. You should be prepared for this and plan accordingly.  Be sure to begin your review with the CIQ – rather than the ADDITIONAL RESOURCES tab – the CIQ …

2/3/21: NOQ/Bidding/Trip Guarantee

If you are placed in NOQ status due to Close Contact or COVID Positive, you will still conduct your monthly bid normally. However, you will not be able to take part in any Bid Line Adjustments or participate in the View/Add Window if you have an open NOQ record. Please consider if attempting to conflict trips. The Medical MOU provides …

2/3/21: CDG COVID TESTING

Some pilots have encountered issues getting their test results prior to departing CDG.  If you haven’t received results in a timely manner, you may be able to access them online at https://www.mesanalyses.fr/   Login Name: {15-digit test ID} Password: Birthdate {YYYYMMDD}

1/27/21: Medical MOU/Positive/Close Contact

If you are a presumed COVID positive or assume you are COVID positive but do not, for any reason, have an actual positive test result, please contact ALPA via DART or phone call so we can help guide you. We have had recent situations where pilots were led to believe they would be afforded all the pay protections of the …

1/27/21: NOQ/Bidding

If you are placed in NOQ status due to Close Contact or COVID Positive, you will still conduct your monthly bid normally. However, you will not be able to take part in any Bid Line Adjustments or participate in the View/Add Window if you have an open NOQ record. Please consider if attempting to conflict trips.