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Refers to questions asking about airline practices, procedures, and processes both in the employment arena and in flight.

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Why is there still an Air Berlin branded plane operating as of Sep 5th, 2018?

Yesterday, I flew from TXL and was quite surprised to see this during taxi: It very much looks like people boarding an Air Berlin flight, an airline that supposedly does not exist any more. Local ...
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Why do airlines require passengers to return to their allocated seats for landing?

Airlines which allocate seats often make announcements prior to landing to request passengers return to their allocated seats. What is the motivation for this requirement, especially since I have ...
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Why two passenger airplanes travel side by side?

Recently (2018-08-19 17:40 UTC) two planes flew above my city (Poznań, Poland). They were heading in the same direction, kept really close distance (side by side) - both flights to Riga: https://www....
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What precautions prevent 'insiders' from stealing a large aircraft, as in the Horizon Air Q400 incident?

For those who haven't heard it yet, a ground worker stole a Q400 at SeaTac this week, performing an unauthorized takeoff and going for a joyride before eventually crashing into an island. The plane ...
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Do airlines use a software to calculate center of gravity? [duplicate]

How do airlines calculate center of gravity? I have read in several airlines websites that they optimize the center of gravity position, to improve aerodynamic performance and reduce fuel consumption. ...
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Does Ryanair lease any aircraft?

Does Ryanair lease any of its aircraft? And if they do, could the end of the lease period coincide with the start of the low passenger periods? E.g. during the autumn to spring months when holiday ...
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Do aircraft use their lights to 'say hello' to each other?

On the KLM website, I found this strange quote: If planes pass each other at night they sometimes use light signals to say hello. Is it true and common? How it is done (which lights/patterns)?
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Why has the Bombardier CSeries been delayed in starting service with Delta Air Lines?

Delta Air Lines placed a large order for the Bombardier CSeries. I don't know the original projected date for the start of CSeries flying, but I think it already passed. When is DAL planning to start ...
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Why is Iceland an efficient connection point between London and Boston/NYC?

Air connections thru Iceland (Keflavik) have been increasing explosively in recent years. Keflavik is used as a transfer point on trans-Atlantic itineraries. The highest-traffic city pair involving ...
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Why is extreme cold weather a challenge at airports, since jets operate at extreme cold conditions in flight?

Wondering what specifically the issues are. Obviously, taking off and landing have more 'moving parts' but more curious about the actual extreme cold. I assume the operating temperatures at cruise ...
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Are any of these airline “secrets” true? [closed]

I have recently seen a list of things that are not known by passengers of planes. It was found on a site where you have to recheck and double-check everything, but besides obviously wrong facts there ...
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Are two twin-jet flights more efficient than one quad-jet flight?

Ignoring for this question the issue of flexibility for the airline, would it be more (fuel, cost) efficient to have a single flight with a 4 engine plane than to have two flights with 2 engine planes....
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Why is there still a preference for turboprop airliners over the new regional jets? [duplicate]

In the 1950s and in the early 1960s, jets were mostly available as fighter/military or big, long haul aircraft. Regional aviation was based primarily on piston aircraft that could operate in smaller ...
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More information on PanAm's first trans-Pacific flight

I have came across this answer, about PanAm's first trans-Pacific flight (SFO-MNL route via HNL, MDY, AWK and GUM). For the text, I'm working on, I was wondering, if there is any source that can ...
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Are Uber Elevate and other air taxis subject to domestic ownership and control rules?

When Virgin Airlines USA was being established, the company was forced to restructure due to a determination that effective ownership and control was held by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, a non-US ...
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Was it ever possible to land big commercial jets from the missed approach point during non-precision approach?

When you shoot a non-precision approach, you are expected to maintain the MDA until the missed approach point, and if you have the runway in sight before you get there, you may proceed to land on the ...
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Most time-consuming tasks while a plane is on the ground

How long should commercial planes stay on the ground after landing before they can take off again? What is the most time-consuming thing/task/operation that happens during this time? Is downloading ...
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What is happening with the Southwest Airlines fleet of B737s? [closed]

Another Southwest emergency landing today. Engines catching fire, fan blade separations, windshields cracking, resulting in emergency landings, casualties, and one fatality in just the last few ...
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List of airlines and aircraft types at Copenhagen Airport (CPH)

Is there a website with a list of all the airlines that fly to Copenhagen Airport (CPH), and with what aircraft types they fly to Copenhagen? I have found a list of airlines at the website from ...
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What is the procedure after an missed approach at the destination alternate since alternate fuel does not contain a missed app. at the alternate?

I am currently studying the fuel policy planning criteria for ATPL EASA(A) and i just learnt that the alternate fuel does NOT comprise the missed approach at the alternate destination aerodrome; in ...
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Is there a limit to how many hours a person can fly per month? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out whether there's a maximum per person. Of course factoring in eight hours of sleep and say maintenance time there is definitely a limit, but I don't see where it is.
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How many airport charts do airline pilots have in the cockpit?

I always wonder how many "backup" approach charts and airport diagrams airline pilots have in case the plane has to divert. I imagine a few possibilities: There are no approach charts in the cockpit. ...
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How much does weight really affect the operation cost?

Hi given an information from a reliable new source article (https://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/11/business/worldbusiness/11iht-air.1.13628276.html), it was mentioned that "Every 25 pounds we remove, we ...
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Does the Flight Data Recorder store the data locally or send it to an offsite backup while in flight? [duplicate]

I was wondering, what a black box actually does ? Does it store the in flight data, in case an accident should occur or it's sending it to an offsite backup while in flight ? And if it stores the data,...
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What are the role and responsibilities of “fleet captains”?

I understand that fleet captains are usually experienced airline captains that take over this management position and deal with training, staffing and administration of a particular aircraft type (or ...
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Are there any “captains-only” airports in the U.S.?

Some airports in the world only allow captains to take off or land the aircraft, due to airport design or environmental conditions (obstacles, high winds). Examples include: Funchal (Madeira, ...
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Is it a common airline practice to base T/O speeds on the actual T/O weight when an assumed temp thrust is used?

Let's say the current outside air temp is 15 C and you have decided to use 50 C as the today's assumed temperature for your takeoff. In this case, use of the T/O weight the assumed temp thrust ...
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Why are there no “sleeper” planes?

On a recent long-haul flight I sat by the windows and was dreaming away staring into infinity out of the window. Then a thought came up, in Asia sleeping busses are very common. This made me think, ...
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Why does one announce “Thrust Set”?

I have watched many aircraft takeoffs now where the flight deck announce 'Thrust Set', just after the engines are set to full. Forgive the dumb question, but why does one announce that the thrust is ...
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Why not tow aircraft instead of single-engine taxi?

To save costs, budget airlines could potentially eliminate the single-engine taxi that is standard. Companies are looking into things like electric motors on the wheels of airliners for taxi, which ...
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Why didn't Air India always fly DEL-SFO over the Pacific?

I read a 2016 article that said Air India broke a record for the longest flight (distance) by flying from New Delhi to San Francisco over the Pacific rather than a polar/Atlantic route. The total ...
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Did these weather conditions require the airline to cancel a flight? [duplicate]

[I do not believe this question duplicates a previous question, which involves different conditions and circumstances] I'm interested in the airline's response to a query of mine about why a flight ...
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Do airlines in Middle East use higher cost indexes?

Cost index equals time cost divivded by fuel cost. Given that, do the airlines in Middle East generally use higher cost indexes because fuel costs are much cheaper?
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Why would Emirates fly over Iraq, avoiding Iran?

For the last few years flying with Emirates from the UK to Dubai, I've noticed it avoids Iraq and fly over Iran to the north. For example, EK40 from BHX to DXB From Flightradar24 However, flying ...
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What is the proper procedure when a passenger seat belt becomes inoperable during flight?

I was on a Delta flight in Business class on a 777 and during flight the motor of the seat caused the seat belt buckle to pop off the end of the seat belt causing the seat belt to be inoperable. ...
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Where can I find accident statistics on zero gravity flights?

I am investigating the option of booking a zero gravity flight with a commercial airline. But I am a nervous flyer. Do any of the airlines offering this have a 0% accident / fatality record?
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What regulation allows airlines to require flight attendants to work up to 20 hours? [closed]

What regulation can a Part 121 airline use to bypass the rest requirements for flight attendants? Our airline has been working flight attendants for up to 20 hours using the term "irregular ...
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Why does Turkish Airlines avoid Israel when going to Amman, but not on the return leg?

(flightaware.com) Last week I was browsing Flight Aware when I came across a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul (Turkey) to Amman (Jordan). I noticed that the flight path clearly makes an effort ...
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How do airlines handle SIGMETS?

In general, what is the action taken by airlines when presented with a SIGMET in the projected route. Will they go around it, cancel the flight prior to takeoff, or simply fly thought it anyway? As ...
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What policies, technologies, equipment, etc is used to mitigate liquid spills in the cockpit especially during turbulence?

While reading this stack exchange question about waterproofing cockpits, I wondered what common industry practices as well as personal practices are in place to mitigate spills and damage. Type of ...
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Is « Shepherd One » really used internationally by air traffic control for Pope's flight?

CNN: The President flies on Air Force One. The Pope flies on "Shepherd One." That's the Federal Aviation-approved call sign for the Boeing 777 in which he'll be traveling around the United ...
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Which current commercial flights have the highest ETOPS ranking?

While the Airbus A350 is technically certified for ETOPS-370, what are currently the highest rated commercial ETOPS flights? Which airline actually operates flights under ETOPS-330 or ETOPS-370 rules ...
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How does an operator change an aircraft's maintenance program from high-interval to low-interval?

I have question for CAMO operators. If you have a maintenance program that is high-interval and the aircraft operates in excess of the maximum permissible hours and cycles you must go to a low-...
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Why don't passenger planes move back by their own means before taxiing? [duplicate]

As far as I know, passenger planes needs a puller/pusher truck to go back in the land. But why they don't go back without truck assistance?
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Post MH370, are there developments to improve the tracking of airliners? [duplicate]

Post MH370, are there developments to improve the tracking of airliners? Is there any technology being developed that would utilize the smartphones of the passengers? MY question include smartphones ...
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Why did flight NH175 divert back to Los Angeles?

In the news recently is All Nippon Airways flight NH175, which returned to LAX after four hours towards NRT when it was discovered that a passenger aboard did not have the correct ticket, although his ...
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Does the weather condition of the runway affect the braking of an aircraft with regards to wheel braking and reverse thrust?

I was on a 737 that landed on a snowy runway in northern Finland the other day. We had to wait around 30 minutes to land as they were waiting for it to stop snowing and then for them to clear the ...
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Why was my flight cancelled due to bad weather while other flights were not?

I'm stuck in Frankfurt. I missed my connection due to a delay. I was rebooked, but this new flight was also cancelled due to bad weather. About 30 percent of all flights were cancelled today. ...
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What is the speed of a standard airliner during the different phases of the flight?

I would like to know how does the speed of an airliner vary as a function of time.
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Why do the emergency oxygen masks for some 787 premium class seats have an extra 'streamer' to pull them down?

Specifically, on Norwegian 787s, you are briefed: "In economy seats, reach for your mask. In premium seats, pull the streamer for the mask to drop the full distance." (source) Now the ...