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Questions tagged [airline-operations]

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

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What is the maximum number of infants allowed on a flight?

Is there any authority regulation which limits the maximum number of infants allowed on a flight? Some airlines set a limit at 10% of total seats, some airlines have a different limit. Normally, the ...
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Why don't American passenger airlines operate dedicated cargo flights any more?

I was reading recently that Northwest Airlines was the last American passenger carrier to operate dedicated Cargo aircraft. Why do none of the large US airlines operate dedicated cargo flights anymore?...
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Why would the Pakistan airspace closure cancel flights not headed to Pakistan itself?

The India-Pakistan feud has heated up again, with Pakistan closing its airspace as a result. I know many international routes fly over Pakistan, and that the closure would cause issues, but this ...
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Are there left seat qualifications specific to actual handling of the aircraft?

The following three posts explain that both yokes and side-sticks require changing the hand that holds the yoke/side-stick when switching seats: Why are Airbus captain control sticks placed on the ...
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Why do airline schedules start in March and October?

Is there any specific reason as to why airline schedules for the summer season start around 27 March and winter season around 27 October? Thanks.
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Why does Thai Lion Air use loads of 737 ERs for 1-2hr routes?

Thai Lion Air primarily flies short-haul domestic routes and most of the time I find myself on an ER version of a relatively new 737. Isn't ER for extended range? And thus costs a lot more per plane? ...
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Why do airlines seem to go out of business suddenly? [closed]

FlyBMI are currently in the news for failing and stranding passengers abroad. This is not the first time an airline has halted operations seemingly overnight and left passengers without a way to get ...
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For how long after the last A380 delivery does Airbus have to provide spare parts for it?

After Airbus's announcement that they plan to discontinue A380 production in 2021 after the last orders are filled, how long will they have to guarantee the availability of A380 spare parts?
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If Floyd Bennett Field failed due to its remoteness and isolation, how has JFK been so successful?

Floyd Bennett Field was built at the end of the 1920s in order to give New York City its own airport and avoid having to rely on Newark; however, despite its superb airport facilities, Floyd Bennett ...
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Why does this flight fly over Bangladesh, and not over Nepal and China? [duplicate]

Lately, I have been following flights flying eastwards from India. More often than not, I see them taking a longer route over Bangladesh and Myanmar, and not a typical parabolic route over Nepal and ...
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Are commercial pilots ranked or graded differently based on the size of the aircraft they fly?

I am not sure whether "rank" or "grade" are the most suitable words for this question. If someone know which the most suitable, please edit this question. I mean, is the rank of a pilot of, say a ...
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What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft? [closed]

I am currently working on a fuel burn analysis of a particular route (ATL to DCA). I really want to predict takeoff weight of the flight; however, I realized that it's not easy to get the information. ...
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Was this a near collision or a normal procedure? [duplicate]

I flew on a plane from UK to Spain a couple of days ago (FR7542, 15/01/19 16:30) and in the middle of the flight I could see another plane (a private jet much smaller) just flying underneath us. From ...
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How much does it cost the airline if an aircraft makes a missed approach? [duplicate]

aircraft go around due to variety of reasons viz. Bad weather (inevitable), unstable approach, ATC errors etc. knowing the cost implications will help in educating the stakeholders.
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What is the purpose of a walled area in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport?

Looking at a satellite map to the East of Heathrow Airport, there is a small passenger jet parked in a walled off area. Looking at the aerodrome chart the entire area is listed as Bealine Base, which ...
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May airlines cancel unprofitable flights?

If a given flight is unprofitable for an airline (occupancy ratio or – more precisely – revenue from ticket fares and cargo below the break even point) and if operating this flight incurred a bigger ...
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Why can't airline pilots listen to music while flying? [duplicate]

In an interview I read, a 747 captain (Mark Vanhoenacker, an American British Airways pilot) says he doesn't understand why he cannot listen to music inflight, when for example surgeons – who ...
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When do pilots facing bad weather turn back (U-turn)?

Passenger aircraft are not supposed to cross red areas on the weather radar. But what if the weather system is too large to circumnavigate and red areas inside the system are too large/prevalent to ...
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May an airline replace an airliner's engines without the aircraft manufacturer's involvement?

Around a year ago in our country, there was an advertisement on TV regarding an airliner's program to modernize their airplanes' power plants. This airline has various types of Airbus and Boeing ...
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How many pilots does an airline hire for each new plane they purchase?

I guess this would depend if the airplane is narrow body or wide body because wide body airplanes make longer trips. Another way to ask this question is what is the ratio of airplanes and pilots in an ...
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How do pilots decide whether to circumnavigate bad weather?

How does an airline pilot decide in the air whether to circumnavigate or fly through bad weather visibly looming ahead and/or displayed on the weather radar ?
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Can a pilot choose his co-pilot?

How are pilots paired in the duty roster? Pilots choose their co-pilots from a pool (whitelist)? (Pilot has the final say) Randomly, but taking pilot wishes into consideration? (Airline has the final ...
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How do airlines handle their non-standard passengers for the load control process? [duplicate]

How are non-standard passenger weights maintained in the systems? How they do they handle these passenger weights between check in and load control system and etc..
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What was the airline attendants looking at in LED display before light off in A320 [closed]

I was journeying on Indigo Pune-COK back and forth. At both the times, I noticed airline attedants looking at some LED display which seemed to be some sort of balance scale. At first, I thought they ...
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With positive passenger/bag matching rules, what happens to a bag that does not arrive with the passenger?

According to one answer to Why offload bags for missing passengers when flights are allowed to carry unaccompanied non-PAX air-cargo in holds?, the requirement for Positive Passenger/Bag Matching was ...
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Are there any airlines that fly a route that has an arrival time earlier than its departure time? [closed]

Imagine the scenario where an airline flys a short 30 minute route which crosses a timezone going west. They could theoretically leave at 00:15 (local) and arrive at 23:45 local the previous day. I'm ...
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Is it possible to know why an airline operates specific equipment on certain routes?

I've spent far too long staring at flight tracking sites, and occasionally I think I'll notice some pattern in what types of aircraft a given airline uses for certain scenarios/routes. For example, ...
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What is DPI? How is it Useful? And How does it work?

I have heard of DPI (departure planning information) status for a flight. I wanted to know what is this Status for? How is it computed or determined? What are the different status for it if any and ...
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What is Remote Holding and what is the link between Remote Holding and De icing and Off block of flight?

I wanted to know the sequence events before the flight is taxi out to Runway? Can it have a request for Remote Holding ? If so when is it before Off Block ? For Deicing Is it requested before or after ...
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Why does Qatar Airways fly over Syria and Iraq?

I saw on Flightradar that Qatar Airways still fly over Syria and Iraq. Why do they think that airspace is safe? I dont want to have to worry about my plane being shot out of the sky on my trip.
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What steps are airlines taking to retain and acquire pilots?

It's well known that there's a global commercial pilot shortage, likely due to the cost of becoming a pilot, as well as the lackluster starting salaries. I've heard that airlines are making pushes to ...
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Operations Control Center

From flight planning to completion of flights, what are the different sections of an OCC and their functions?
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What are the factors behind crew pairing and crew rostering?

What are the factors to be taken in to consideration for crew pairing and crew rostering?
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Why offload bags for missing passengers when flights are allowed to carry unaccompanied non-PAX air-cargo in holds?

Several times, my flight has been delayed when passengers don't make it to the gate in time and then (after a long wait) the baggage-handlers have to go into the holds and manually find the bags to ...
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Why would pilots get special cups?

This Reddit post shows a picture of a disposable cup that is labeled specifically for use by pilots only: Is that seriously a thing? If so, why? There's some explanation in that discussion thread ...
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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 ...