US Airways - April 2014 - (Page 11)

Did You Know? embark News, Notes, and Inflight Insights At Your Service By Tara Titcombe BY THE NUMBERS 7,536 US Airways flight attendants Up to 15 hours maximum time permitted for each flight attendant shift 20 years average number of years of seniority for US Airways flight attendants 5-7 weeks range of training Of the tens of thousands of US Airways employees, the flight attendants are closest to you. time required to become a flight attendant 2 flight attendants needed to staff a trip from Washington, DC, to New York LaGuardia onboard an Embraer E190 10 flight attendants needed to staff a Philadelphia to Tel Aviv flight on an Airbus A330 LEARN THE LINGO ★ ILLUSTRATIONS BY NIGEL HOLMES You've heard flight attendants' safety briefings before takeoff, but did you ever wonder about the language they use during inflight announcements? Here are some words and phrases you're bound to hear. Cruising altitude the height that a plane will fly for most of the flight Initial descent when the pilots have begun the plane's approach to its destination; flight attendants typically make this announcement 20 minutes before touchdown Cross check when one flight attendant must check the work of another to ensure all tasks are completed; often heard upon landing and gate arrival All call "standby for all call" means that flight attendants in each assigned area should use the } cabin phone system to conference in that they have completed their work Flight deck more commonly known as the cockpit Jumpseat the fold-down seat used by flight attendants Air pocket a low-pressure area that causes a plane to drop in elevation Ceiling the height from ground level to of the base of a cloud cover Payload the amount of weight a plane can carry, including fuel, baggage, passengers, and cargo Weight and balance a measure taken for every plane before takeoff, ensuring stability for the duration of a flight What are the smallest and largest planes? In US Airways' fleet, the Dash 8-100, with 37 seats, is the smallest aircraft. The Airbus A330-300 is the largest, with 291. Once US Airways and American Airlines combine fleets, the largest will be the Boeing 777-300, with seating for 310. { APRIL 2014 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - April 2014

Table of Contents
Perspective: CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know
Hot Spots: Bars and Restaurants with a View
Connections: Everybody's Business
Golf: Michigan
Gatherings: Grandover Resort, North Carolina
Gear Up: Travel Gear
Style Spotlight: Derby Duds
Great Escapes: Paladium Resorts
Great Tastes: Bonefish Grill
Travel Feature: Highway 30A, Florida
US Airways Feature: oneworld alliance
Charlotte USA
Best of Living: Reef Residences
Santa Barbara: Culture Redefined
Best of Health: Miami Beach Foot & Ankle Surgery
Must Read: The Critical First Years of Your Professional Life
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Audio Entertainment
Video Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
oneworld alliance
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - April 2014