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How long between an airline decides to fly a route and starting this route service?

I was wondering whether there is any literature about the time lag that elapses between the moment in which an airline decides to enter a given route and pays the associated fixed costs and the moment ...
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Easiest way to consume OOOI events [closed]

I am designing an ops software module monitoring a flight's status. The information does not need to be in real-time but it needs to be correct. I know that for OOOI events, ACARS is the reference. ...
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Can I Return Back to the Destination Airport after I Diverted to the Destination Alternate? [closed]

Can I Return Back to the Destination Airport after I Diverted to the Destination Alternate (while enroute to the destination alternate)? I highly appreciate an answer with reference please.
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What is a IATA aircraft sub-type?

I am currently reading docs regarding slots, where the following is mentioned: All SCR messages in linked (turn-around format) using aircraft subtypes only (e.g. 73G or 738 instead of 737). Not sure ...
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Hub-and-spoke networks: fixed and variable costs

In the economic literature, many authors sustain that hub-and-spoke networks: Increase the fixed costs sustained by the airlines (due to minimising the risk of congestions at the hubs). In particular,...
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Variable versus fixed costs in the airline industry

I want to list the costs airlines have to sustain by distinguishing them between variable and fixed. Variable costs change in proportion to aircraft usage. Fixed costs show little or no change in ...
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When do carriers overhaul their flight schedules with flight re-numbering?

A (US domestic) carrier can obviously stop flying a flight, or some legs of that flight, for a host of reasons. But - occasionally it makes more significant changes, like re-numbering many flights, or ...
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What type of visa do pilots who fly from one country to another need? [duplicate]

I am little curious about international travel. I would like to know what type of visa allows pilots and cabin crews to fly from one country to another? I mean suppose I am pilot of Japan airline and ...
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What is the relation between cargo smoke and EDTO?

I have heard a lot of people discussing about cargo smoke and Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) together. Just want to know how these two affect each other.
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My kid wants to be a pilot

My 7 yo is really keen on taking up aviation as a career. I have seen multiple times where kids at the age of 15-16 get licenses to fly. How does that happen? Looking for some advise on how to start ...
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How does an airline decide when to cancel a long haul flight permanently?

BROAD QUESTION WARNING: Obviously the airlines cancel the routes because they are not making money, but would that not have been factored in when they start a route? For example, the current SFO-BLR ...
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Why was the Boeing 747SP unsuccessful?

Why was the 747SP not very successful with sales and longevity in service with the airlines that did purchase it?
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Can an airline fly two flights with the same number from the same airport on the same day?

I've read: Why have different flights with the same flight number? and I guess I understand this can make sense. But - is it allowed for a domestic US airline to have two flights with the same number, ...
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Which is the smallest available widebody on the market?

I'm interested to find out which is the smallest (capacity wise) modern widebody aircraft in production/ operation.
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Why is the battery turned off for checking the voltage on the A320?

Preliminary cockpit preparation section requires BAT check for 25.5V with BAT off (The beginning step). Since BAT indicator always show respective voltage, why they must be switched off?
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What is ILS CLASS in this airport NOTAM?

I have seen this NOTAM for UAII /CIT SHYMKENT airport and they mention ILS CLASS for runway 10/28, Does anyone knows what it means? NOTAM: NOTAM K3998/20: Shymkent Airport (UAII) K3998/20 NOTAMN Q) ...
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Is this free flight data really correct? [closed]

In recent years, I'm being terrorized by airplanes flying over here all the time at low height. For this reason, I'm trying to set up a little notification system to see if these are actually "...
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Does FedEx use other airlines?

I have an International Priority parcel being shipped by FedEx from Zurich, Switzerland to Perth, Australia. Currently the parcel is located in Singapore, I presume with FedEx at Changi Airport. It ...
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Do airline pilots have to wear face masks in the cockpit because of COVID?

Do the flight crew with a commercial airline have to wear a face mask while on the flight deck, as both crew are in close proximity to each other and in a tight confined area? If not, why not?
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How much does a 3 day cabin crew recurrent training cost?

Airlines are getting rid of instructors. How are they carrying out recurrent training and how much does it cost the crew?
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Do pilots of commercial aircraft have ready access to a map or data showing nearest airports in case of a need to make an emergency landing?

As a passenger I often wonder that if a pilot had to make an emergency landing, do they have access to live information to direct them to the nearest airport or is this something that they have to ...
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What does the ACARS Weight and Balance Request page look like?

In the ATSU AOC Preflight menu of an Airbus (maybe Boeing too), there is an option for a weight and balance request. The selection name varies by airline but it may say "W/B Req" "Send ...
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Is it normal to use only one hand on the yoke while landing?

In this video taken from this question, the video shows the pilot using one hand on the yoke and one hand on something else (perhaps the throttle? I'm not a pilot). Is it normal to do landings with ...
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How do airlines replace a pilot at the last minute if they're unable to fly?

I would like to know what decision do the commercial airline carriers take when there is emergency case of a pilot who cannot fly the plane because of personal emergency conditions? Emergency ...
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What happen if the glide slope beacon removed for maintenance? [closed]

it about aircraft navigation system (ILS), when the aircraft about to landing but unfortunately the glideslope beacon being removed.
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When is an aircraft considered dispatched?

When is an aircraft considered to be dispatched? Before an aircraft is dispatched certain pieces of equipment must be operational on an aircraft. If some equipment is found to be inoperative, a ...
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Why do pilots do walkaround inspections for regularly scheduled commercial flights instead of aircraft mechanics?

If the airline has personnel to maintain the aircraft, wouldn't it be more cost effective to have them inspect the aircraft before flight rather than have the captain or first officer do it? Is it ...
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Can an airline lay off its flight attendants and use pilots to fill the role?

IcelandAir recently announced that it will be laying off its entire flight attendant staff, and plans to have pilots fill the role in the meantime. Can an airline lay off its flight attendants and ...
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What is meant by these criteria for a stabilized approach? [closed]

Based on regulation, there are several criteria for when an approach is stabilized. I want to ask: Only small changes in heading/pitch. How small? The aircraft is in correct landing configuration. ...
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What year did the seat belt sign come in to use?

What year did commercial airlines start using a lighted seat belt sign?
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Do pilots eat the same food as passengers? [duplicate]

I imagine it might be hard to find a time when pilots can eat, but when they do, what do they eat?
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How long does it take for an airline to establish a new international destination/route?

This post discusses the process of opening a new route. I wonder how long does it take for an airline to get permission to fly a new route. I am interested on this because, say an airline goes bust ...
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Can a company be both an airplane manufacturer and an airline?

It may be advantageous for a company that manufactures its own aircraft to also be an airline. For example, the airline business would likely have reduced maintenance and parts costs relative to other ...
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Are old illegal air transfer methods still feasible today? [closed]

A retired soldier told me he used to know people who smuggled jewelries, hard drugs, guns and even people from middle eastern countries to Europe, specifically, Germany! Via planes! In fact, he said ...
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How do people smuggle stuff with private airplanes? [closed]

I get it, the question seems as if I'm reaching out for answers from experienced smugglers! But no. As a matter of fact, I'm trying to get answers on air surveillance & security. Love it or hate ...
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Covid-19 - Why are there still a lot of international flights? [closed]

I hope this question is relevent to Aviation. If not, please let me know. Below is a snapshot from Flightradar24. While there are far less flights than usual, there are still a lot of flights en-route....
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Can all airborne aircraft be stored at their origin or destination airport?

With the progressing outbreak of the Corona Virus the IATA has recently changed its predictions about the losses to be suffered by the aviation industry The losses originate from the reduced number ...
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What is an airliner's “green dot speed”, and how does it vary with weight, and why?

A related question told us, quoting from an Airbus performance manual, Green dot speed (minimum gradient) is a function of weight. Comments under the question stated that the "green dot speed" ...
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How do airlines bring spare parts to aircraft stranded outside their main facilities?

No professional relationship with aviation. Just an avid follower. I guess it depends on location/part availability, etc, but looking for what typically happens. For the purpose of the question, ...
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What is the two-person cockpit rule, as of February 2020?

In the comments to the accepted answer on this question, there is some conflicting information about the current regulations around the 2 person cockpit rule. I was under the impression that there ...
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Does the NTSB and other investigative agencies charge airlines for investigations?

Does an airline have to pay the investigation team? For example the NTSB? And if Boeing or Airbus participate in the investigation, do they also charge the airlines?
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How much time does it takes to buy a landing slot?

According to Wikipedia, landing slots are sold for several million dollars at busy airports such as London Heathrow. Given this high value, such transactions may take weeks to conclude. Moreover, some ...
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Who opens an airliner's door first after it lands?

I know this is a trivial question, but since I always sit near the back of the plane, I can't see what happens up in the front. Whose responsibility is it to open the cabin door once the aircraft has ...
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Is there a minimum amount of time an airline has to leave between using two identical callsigns?

Does anyone know if there is a minimum time that an airline has to leave before reusing the same callsign? I have noticed that airlines reuse callsigns, they usually leave a day or two between ...
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Why would a diverted airline flight return to its departure airport rather than land at the nearest one?

The Vueling flight VY2119 Barcelona-Malaga yesterday (see flightradar) got diverted 50 min into the flight. The nearest airport then was Valencia, but they chose to turn around and fly all the way ...
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How does an airline decide on an engine?

How does an airline, when buying aircrafts, decide on which engine to use? In many cases, although there are several options to choose from, the engines do not differ much in their operating ...
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What happens when an airplane is retired? [duplicate]

With launch of new models every few years, what happens to the older airplanes which was in service for more than decades? Where does it get stored. Who buys old airplanes? Does manufacturers buys ...
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Is there a penalty for changing the approach procedure after accepting one?

For example: If you request a visual approach and get approved, but you meant to request an ILS approach, are you not allowed to change it? Is there some type of penalty for changing approaches after ...
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Do airlines staff extra crew members when disabled persons are check in?

The question "How are disabled passengers evacuated during emergency?" made me wander if minimum crew number required by regulation are enough in case of passengers requiring extra care in case of ...
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Is there any agency or meeting, at global level, that rules flight zone interdictions? [duplicate]

Considering the number of conflicts in the world, and the tragic event of the airliner crash over Ukrainia caused by military action, there are a lot of flight interdiction zones on the world. From ...

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