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How much does it cost to lease a jetliner?

As the title says, how much would it cost to lease a airplane for an airline. Let's say a B737 and a B747 or similar aircraft. I tried to contact several aircraft leasing companies but so far I've ...
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What short-term alternatives do airlines have to replace their grounded Boeing MAX 8s?

The MAX 8 fleet is grounded: what are the other practical aircraft platform options available to AA, SWA or Continental that ensures that ticketed summer 2019 passengers arrive at their destinations ...
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Are runways booked by airlines to land their planes?

Suppose Indigo lands at Indira Gandhi international airport and the arrival is schedule at 5:30 a.m. Is the runway to land on fixed by the airline. If not please explain reason behind not to schedule ...
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Why does the headset man not get on the tractor?

As far as I can see, the pushback operation of a passenger aircraft is carried out by a similar application at many airports. It's a towbarless tractor and driver who pushes the aircraft together with ...
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How much does it cost to ground a B737 max aircraft for an airline?

What are the cost items for which an operator with such an aircraft in the fleet incurs per aircraft because of the grounding of the Boeing 737 max aircrafts and how much is the average cost incurred? ...
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What do airline pilots eat on a flight, and when?

Do airline pilots eat while flying or do they wait until they are back on the ground? If they do eat, do they get the same food that is served to the passengers or do they bring their own meal?
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Is the seat-belt sign activation when a pilot goes to the lavatory standard procedure?

Yesterday, I took an inter-European commercial flight with a popular budget airline. Before take-off, the captain announced that the First Officer would be taking the entire flight today. During the ...
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What is a typical ratio of aircraft in air vs. total aircraft per airline?

While commercial airlines have a fleet of x aircraft, not all x aircraft will be in the air at any given time. Typically, several aircraft are in the air, some are on the ground (turnaround, loading, ...
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What airport fees are charged to airlines in the case of operations following an unscheduled landing?

A plane may need make an unscheduled landing in the case of a diversion due to mechanical difficulties, unexpected weather, a medical emergency or other reasons (this could even be at an airport with ...
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What are the difference between FMC, FMS and MCDU and what do they do? +2 more questions [duplicate]

What are the difference between FMC, FMS and MCDU and what do they do? Do airliners have all of them or just 1 or 2 of them? Do pilots learn how to program them/it? FMC = Flight Management Computer ...
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What are the differences between type B message format and EDIFACT message format?

IATA say's the standard format for transmitting passenger messages is UN/Edifact. Somewhere else it says the standard is type B format. what are the differences between these two? Or are they a same ...
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When are black boxes used?

Obviously, black boxes gather lots of media attention after tragic accidents where planes crash or explode mid-flight, since they could be crucial understanding the crash. However, these are rather ...
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Why do flight times differ between traveling East versus traveling West?

Why does it take longer to fly West to East than East to West? Which factors affect this? Does Earth's spinning affect the time difference? Maybe the air circulation?
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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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How do airports manage gate assignments for aircraft?

Today, some companies like Delair, SITA and INDRA provide airport Resource Management Systems (RMS) for gate allocations, which show information as a Gantt Chart. I know that air traffic controllers ...
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Why wasn't MH-17 flying at 33,000ft before it entered Ukrainian airspace?

I was looking at the path of the MH-17 flight that crashed in the Ukraine on FlightRadar24 and noticed it was flying at FL310 (31,000ft), then because of the Ukrainian NOTAM which went up to FL320 (32,...
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Do airline pilots routinely carry out “gross error” checks?

Malaysian MH132 seems to have had a bit of a mix up over flight plans. It appears to be a non-event but it does make me wonder if "gross error checks" are commonly used by airline pilots. I'm only a ...
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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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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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How many pilots do long flights need?

Under normal 2 pilot part 121 ops I could only be scheduled to fly 8 hours in a given day. This is plenty for the routes we flew (longest leg around 4 hours) so I never encountered the rules for ...
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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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Who closes an airline's IFR flight plan and when?

ATA (Air Transport Association of America) defines the various flight phases (ATA Spec 2300, flight phases). The last phase is called Flight Close and is described as "The Flight Close phase begins ...
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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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Why do airlines follow these routes between Barcelona and Düsseldorf?

In the wake of GermanWings' terrible incident of flight 9525, I have noticed that the crash location is quite far from the shortest route connecting the two airports. I then went on FlightRadar24's ...
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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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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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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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Did commercial airliners have microwave ovens in the past?

So I went on 2 long (total of 16 hours) flights with a major US airline, and they did not provide a free in-flight lunch (grr) during either flight. I had brought a sandwich with me just in case, but ...
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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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How much compensation does an unruly passenger have to pay to an airline if the flight has to be diverted to remove them?

If a passenger becomes unruly and the captain decides to land and remove that passenger from the flight, how much does the passenger have to pay the airline for the cost? In addition, what are the ...
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Is it allowed to listen to music while piloting a plane?

When I'm driving my car, I almost always put some music on. It's really relaxing for me. I know that piloting a plane is nothing like driving a car, but it would be great, at least for me, to listen ...
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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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What is the ratio between time in the air and time on ground for an aircraft?

I suppose it may be different from an airline to another. Given the maintenance, the time to load/unload the aircraft, the time the aircraft is grounded because there is no flight scheduled (e.g. at ...
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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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Why is the GP7200-powered A380 fleet not grounded?

After the Qantas A380 engine failure, all Trent-powered A380s were grounded.1 After the Air France A380 engine failure, the GP7200-powered A380 fleet was not grounded. Why were these two incidents ...
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Why would pilots “call the company” after an aborted takeoff?

I was skimming through the RealATC videos on YouTube today and watched this one. In it there are two flights taking off from Chicago-Midway (KMDW); Delta flight DAL1328/DL1328 and SouthWest's SWA3828/...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does pilot monitoring have authority to go around in exceptional circumstances?

Let's say the captain is acting as the pilot flying(PF) and the first officer the pilot monitoring(PM) in a commercial jet. They are shooting an ILS to their destination airport but the approach is so ...
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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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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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How do pilots rest on long-haul flights?

When flying on a long-haul airliner flight in economy, often I find it very hard to fall asleep. However, when off cockpit duties, they still have to get rest so that they are able to control the ...
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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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