Usually pilots know their schedule for a month in advance (unless we are talking about an urgent change), stewards and stewardesses have two “modes”: flight attendants who are “on the line” can also count on a more or less predictable schedule. But those who sit “in reserve”, as a rule, have no idea where they will fly tomorrow – they receive information about the next flight a few hours before it and must arrive at the airport in full readiness. During a long flight, the crew is given several days to rest and recover. The airline pays for hotel accommodation and meals, plus allocates cash for other expenses. Such a rest can last up to 4 days, it all depends on the schedule, complexity and length of the route.
In total, a pilot or flight attendant can fly an average of 750 hours per year. It is difficult to calculate the exact figure – the schedule is made taking into account the fact that flights of different distances fall into it. For example, if we are talking only about long-haul flights, there will be 70-80, and medium-haul flights can fly up to 200.
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