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If planes can go faster, why don't airlines fly faster? [duplicate]

I came across this page where a DC-8 set a record in 1964 for a 12h24m flight from Montreal to Tokyo. Last year I flew to Tokyo from Montreal and it took 9h from Vancouver (where I had a layover) I ...
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Why Planes Don't Fly Faster? [duplicate]

I recently Stumbled on this Why Planes Don't Fly Faster on youtube and it talked about how less speed is more economical for airlines and he also said something that plane above and below speed of ...
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Why are many jet aircraft designed to cruise around FL350-370?

If the flight distance permits, the B737-800 will cruise at FL350, the A320 a little bit higher... Flying at FL370. Photo: Live from the Flight Deck by GolfCharlie232 (reframed) Elements such as: ...
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Why 1st and 2nd class but not fast or slow airplanes?

Why do airlines separate passengers into 1st and 2nd class but do not offer fast or slow connections? Isn't the biggest cost the kerosene? And isn't the cost directly proportional to speed?
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Is it possible to upgrade a Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380's engines for greater speed?

Is it possible to upgrade the Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380's engines (upgrading to a newer engines) for greater speed, if the engines were more efficient and used less fuel at higher speeds relative ...
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Why are jet aircraft never designed with a slower cruise speed?

All jet airliners have a cruise speed between Mach 0.82 and Mach 0.85. At those speeds the aircraft are flying at their maximum subsonic speed. Any greater cruise speed would only be ...
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Why did the turbojet replace the piston engine?

Many people say that this was because aircraft powered by turbojet engines were faster during WWII. However the Grumman F7F-4N Tigercat, a fighter powered by a piston engine, flew at a maximum speed ...
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Why does the speed of commercial airliners fluctuate, sometimes as high as 1,060 km/h or as low as 800 km/h?

I've noticed that (long-haul) airliners sometimes travel at as high as 1000 km/h (I believe I've even seen 1040 km/h), but usually they fly closer to 800 km/h, for most of the trip. This seems odd ...
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Could airliners' wings be thinner if no fuel were stored in them?

I ask this question because wings are pretty thin overall, but I am curious if you could make them more thin.
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What is a jet (unit) shown in Windows 10 calculator? [closed]

From Windows 10's calculator: What is a "jet" (physical unit)? And why does it equal 480 knots or 888,88 km/h, if a jetliner's cruising speed is around 950 km/s? Or why does it equal 0.73 M, if a ...
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Which commercial aircraft can stay in the air the longest?

Which commercial aircraft, when fully loaded with fuel (and passengers and luggage up to its max takeoff weight), could stay in the air the longest without landing, and how long could it stay in the ...
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How does exceeding the critical Mach number of an aircraft affect its operation?

If an aircraft exceeds its critical Mach number, does it affect the way the aircraft is handled? Are there any significant changes to performance or the safety of the aircraft when above this speed? ...
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Why has the maximum service ceiling of Boeing and Airbus products remained about the same for 30 years? [duplicate]

When Boeing introduced the 747-100 in 1969, its maximum ceiling was 45,100 feet; half a century later, when Boeing introduced the 777x, its maximum ceiling was 43,100 feet. Similarly, the maximum ...
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What was the commercial speed of Concorde?

I work on time-space cartography in a historical perspective and need to establish a commercial speed of Concorde aircraft flights based on timetable data. This issue differs from the issue of the ...
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Is there any application where the crescent wing would be the best wing planform?

To my knowledge the only aircraft featuring a crescent wing that was built in numbers was the Handley Page Victor. It seems that a crescent wing offers the possibility of a high subsonic/transonic ...

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