2 vs 3 pilots on Long haul

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domtom
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2 vs 3 pilots on Long haul

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Hi

Checking out videos on YouTube, I see Swiss uses 2 pilots on a 10 hour flight to Miami from Zurich, whereas air France uses 3 from wuhan to Paris.

Are 2 pilots on long hail common?

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sean1982
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Re: 2 vs 3 pilots on Long haul

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depends on the agreed ratio with the unions :) factors include: flighttime, time difference, departure time, etc ...

domtom
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Re: 2 vs 3 pilots on Long haul

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But I thought there might also be rest time, which is the most important factor, no? Those 2 flights are similar in flight time, but differently resourced

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Re: 2 vs 3 pilots on Long haul

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if the total flight duty remains below a certain time (depending on sign in time), inflight rest is not needed legally, however some airlines have it in an agreement with the pilot union

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