Questions tagged [airline-operations]

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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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Does closing window shades save fuel?

On a 13-hour flight all shades were ordered closed (entire flight—not cool), same airline on a 3-hour route, same thing. Both flights took off in the morning, around 8 AM. Only reason I can think of ...
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Do special procedures exist to limit pilot workload during pilot incapacitation?

Although pilot incapacitation is rare, the website avherald.com lists several occurrances of flight crew incapacitation, alone two events reported yesterday. FAA AC 25.1523-1 requires all aircraft ...
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Has there even been a case of pilot incapacitation due to food poisoning?

On commercial flights, pilots are usually required to have different meal, to reduce the chance of food poisoning affecting both pilots. Is this just a precautionary measure, or has this actually ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Do airline pilots use FD when performing visual landing?

Permitting weather, most airline pilots get visual landing clearance in the US, unless they specifically have requested an instrument or RNAV approach due to their company rules or special ...
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Why can't Norwegian's Boeing 787 operate from Vegas during hot weather?

In a German news article it was stated that the additional weight (Norwegian puts 291 passengers on their 787-8) leads to operations restrictions in Las Vegas when temperature conditions exceed 40°C. ...
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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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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 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 are First/Business Class seats at the front of aircraft where it is the least safe?

According to this image, taken from The Science of Survivability (Page 79) from NOAA, the statistically safest seats to sit in are at the rear of the plane (69% survival rate vs 49% at the front). ...
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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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How much time is a commercial aircraft (e.g. A320 / B737NG families) flown manually?

Sometimes I read that — with FMS/FMGS, LNAV / VNAV modes, GPS and ILS — most of a flight can be handled by computers with minimal intervention from the crew when everything goes as planned, albeit a ...
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Why can't pilots drink alcohol after a flight?

Why are pilots told not to drink alcoholic drinks even after landing, even when their next flight is more than 24 hours later? Is this some kind of precautionary rule?
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What are airline “flag” and “supplemental” operations?

I constantly see regulations which refer to "flag" and "supplemental" operations. For example: 14 CFR 121 — OPERATING REQUIREMENTS: DOMESTIC, FLAG, AND SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATIONS Subpart Q—...
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Are airline pilots worn out at an age of 55?

Lufthansa's pilot union is calling for a strike to defend pilot's right to retire at the age of 55. They argue that the stressful job of flying is too much for older people. This provokes two ...
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What is the business purpose of scheduling two separate flights on the very same route with 5-10 minutes separation?

As in question. I have noticed, for example, that Berlin-Tegel has TXL-CDG route served by both AirBerlin and AirFrance with exactly five minutes separation. First plane takes off at 09:50 and second ...
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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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Why is JetBlue's IATA code B6?

I understand why JetBlue's IATA code isn't JB since that belongs to a pre-existing helijet service in Canada, but why is it B6? Is there some history behind the B6 moniker?
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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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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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Why does an airplane require 3 pilots on board?

A car requires only 1 single driver. Why do airplanes require 3 pilots given that each pilot does not come cheap to the airline? Furthermore, a plane can go on auto-pilot while a car cannot. Could ...
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Why would the cabin crew spray the cabin before landing?

Once when I was on a plane that was about to land, the cabin crew came around and they were spraying these small canisters. I've been on many flights but it was that particular flight where they did ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 cargo holds pressurised these days?

This question is only regarding aircraft that seat more than about 100 people. Are cargo holds pressurised these days, what is the situation? Are only some pressurized, most, of every single one? ...
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Why are commercial airplanes painted at all?

While there was debate over why airplanes are painted white and a question about how much a new paint job costed, what hasn't been asked is why airplanes are painted at all. I remember one airline ...
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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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What is the rationale behind very short distance flights?

I was impressed to read here that some passenger airline routes are even below 60 km in length. Even assuming that the passengers are already in the airport past the security check, probably a good ...
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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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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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