I seriously doubt you've ever been asked by someone in operations "are you sure you can't do that leg?" When you say the word, you're done flying...end of story...I think the ACPs getting involved has to do with placing structure behind the process, as their should be....having the final word coming from an official source, as opposed to someone in crew support who may misinterpret was you say.Sure you can. It'll just require more crews and more planes. I know Sokol thought we could all "give 125%," but that's not grounded in reality.
The hell it isn't. I've repeatedly had it questioned. Why else do you think the policy was changed to require a call to the ACP for all fatigue calls?
And now we come full circle to my first point. If you'd schedule safely and with circadian rhythms factored in, you wouldn't need so many crews rotting at the airport to cover the fatigue calls, because they'd drop dramatically.
sure, fatigues may go down, but remember, as I was attacked with earlier, 15 hrs off does not mean well rested. And it's not just fatigues, it's MX issues, new bookings, weather issues, travel delays, etc. The schedule MUST include buffer time all over the place for numerous reasons. Oh, and recovery time would also skyrocket if everyone's plan was just based on the briefed trips.