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Airline flight scheduling method differences [closed]

What are the differences between American major mainline passenger airline scheduling policies? Presumably, each airline runs a model or optimization problem for determining where (markets/airports),...
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What happens if a passenger dies mid-flight?

Last month (December 2014), there were news that a passenger passed away during a flight. As mentioned in this answer, it appears that it is not a very uncommon scenario. In an unfortunate incident ...
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What is a “high-bypass geared turbofan,” and why is it so much more efficient?

According to the article Bombardier’s CSeries Gamble Is Facing Longer Odds, this new plane from Bombardier uses a new engine technology that will improve efficiency over its rival 737 series and A320 ...
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How common is it for airlines to fly unauthorised flight paths? [closed]

With the revelation that flight QZ8501 did not have permission to fly the route on the day it crashed, I'm wondering how common an occurrence this is. Is it something that all airlines do every now ...
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How does an airliner deal with cabin altitude at an airport above 8000 ft?

There are a number of airports above 8000 ft altitude. FAR 25.841 states: Pressurized cabins and compartments to be occupied must be equipped to provide a cabin pressure altitude of not more than ...
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How profitable is an airline shuttle flight between BOS and DCA on an A320? [duplicate]

I was computing the hypothetical profitability of commercial airline flights and it seems to be pretty extreme. For example, looking at the Boston-DCA shuttle, pro-rating all costs to the just the ...
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Is the “confirmed allocation” string in “A Scandal in Belgravia” a real airline practice? [closed]

(This is a repost of this question on Movies SE. I hope to get better answers here.) Irene Adler shows the following text to Sherlock: ...
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Is defacing the airline logo of a wrecked airplane illegal?

I was listening to episode #25 of the Hello Internet podcast where Brady Haran mentioned that it's not unheard of for airline employees to rush to their own airplane's respective accident scene to ...
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What is a typical working day like for an Australian airline pilot? [closed]

What is it like working for a domestic airline in Australia (e.g. Virgin, Regional Express, etc)? Obviously we're all here because we're interested in flying, but as for the practical aspects of ...
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When buying airliners what is the difference between “orders”, “options” and “purchase rights”?

I've often seen announcements by aircraft manufacturers or operators along these lines "Qantas announced today that they will buy 10 A380's and have taken options on another 10". What does it mean to ...
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Why do some airlines operate fleets so diversified?

When you have a look at the fleets from big airlines like United, Delta, Lufthansa, BA, AF, etc. it seems that they have almost every model Boeing and Airbus released in their fleet. And my question ...
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On how many routes an aircraft is used on a typical day?

I wonder how an commercial aircraft used to transport passengers is used on a typical day. I imagine several scenarii, but I cannot figure out if they are right: take off in the morning from the ...
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Who is India's equivalent of the FAA?

I frequently fly within India as part of my work and every time I am sitting in an airliner preparing to take off, I observe a lot of differences in each crew handling the take off or the ground crew ...
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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 there examples (current or historical) of commercial aircraft seating arrangments beyond the standard today?

Excluding various first-class seating arrangements, are there any examples in history or today, of an airline that has implemented a non-standard seating arrangement? For instance, most military ...
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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 proportion of active aircraft from CASL (commercial aircraft sales and leasing)?

I recently discovered the existence of CASL and I understand they buy a lot of new aircraft (e.g. BOC aviation ordered more than 80 B737's and about 40 A320's few weeks ago). I imagine those aircraft ...
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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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Are four-engined airplanes subject to ETOPS equivalent rules?

I've heard of ETOPS, which permits the maximum duration for which a two-engined airplane can fly on one engine to the nearest airport. Are 4-engined planes such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 ...
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If an A/C have Radio failure ( sqk 7600 ) How the ATC will give him instruction or how will he land? [duplicate]

If an A/C have Radio failure ( sqk 7600 ) How the ATC will give him instruction or how will he land ?!
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Can cabin pressure be lower than outside pressure?

In order to allow adaption to changed pressure, the pressure change in an aircraft cabin is stretched out over time. My observation is that the cabin pressure drops even before the plane takes off, ...
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Under what conditions do airliners retire aircraft and sell them to other airlines?

How often (and under what conditions) are airliners resold to another organization with...less stringent qualifications? Is there a certain number of hours after which an airliner has to be retired ...
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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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How much would it cost for a large airline to switch engine manufacturer for their planes?

I am trying to understand how much of a hassle and cost it would be for a large civil airline, who already had lots of installed Rolls Royce engines on its fleet, to switch over to GE engines on new ...
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What percent of the world's airline operations are in the USA?

What percentage of the world's airline operations are in the USA? And how does this number compare to other first world countries such as the UK and Canada? How about places like China and India? ...
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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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Is it usual for a first officer not to know how to taxi?

According to this article on afspc.af.mil, the first officer of the 737 the pilot in the story was flying with had never taxied a 737. Is this normal? The exact quote in the article: After landing,...
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Do crew need visas when landing at airports in countries other than their own?

If the crew never leave the plane, have they really entered the foreign country? What about if the crew leaves the plane, but not the airport? How do crews of international flights keep up with all of ...
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Where to find information about aircraft type knowing the flight number and date?

Having flight date and exact flight number, I would like to know aircraft type (like Boeing 737-400). Is there any service where I can get such information in bulk (for hundreds of flight dates and ...
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Why 1st and 2nd class but not fast or slow airplanes?

Why do airlines separate passengers into 1st and 2nd class but do not offer fast or slow connections? Isn't the biggest cost the kerosene? And isn't the cost directly proportional to speed?
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How do airlines handle communication/notification after an accident?

I'm a frequent subscriber of airport messaging services where you get notified of check-in queue times, delays in takeoff, ETA + 10 minutes, landed timestamp, baggage claim time and these kinds of ...
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What is the average cost/timeframe of obtaining a pilot job at a major passenger airline in the US?

Please note that I'm not asking about getting a certificate good enough for flying a wide-body passenger jet (see related question). Rather, I'm asking about getting from zero flying experience to an ...
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How do larger aircraft compensate for reduced visibility from the cockpit, e.g. less visibility of the rear of the aircraft?

In smaller planes, pilots has apparently great visibility in front, on the sides and a good portion of the rear of the plane. But as the plane's size is increased, the visibility is also reduced. One ...
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Why is there no alarm when the transponder is turned off?

When the transponder on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went off, there was no ALARM. The satellite kept getting pings, and apparently "knew" that the transponder was off. Would it not be a great idea if ...
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What exactly is a QRH?

In this question about aircraft dumping fuel I was told that there may possible be guidance in the QRH. I know that there are a lot of guidelines given to pilots, but I've never heard of this one. ...
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Should a pre-flight inspection spot snakes on a plane?

In January 2013, a python hitched a ride on plane, unfortunately exposed on the wing after getting sucked out of its hiding place. Qantas 191 is a Cairns → Port Moresby flight on a DHC-8-400, ...
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What are the basics of flying non-revenue?

I've never worked for an airline, but I know that one of the benefits of working in the industry is that you can fly for free or almost free on a space-available basis. I realize that every airline ...
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Why do flight times differ between traveling East versus traveling West?

Why does it take longer to fly East to West than West to East? Which factors affect this? Does Earth's spinning affect the time difference? Maybe the air circulation?
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How can Ryanair offer flights for a penny?

Of course, we all know that you're not exactly treated like a rockstar on Ryanair, and their CEO wants to charge us £1 to use the toilet; but still, how can they offer flights for a penny?! Looking ...
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How do airlines pay for their planes?

Taking easyJet as an example, they have a fleet of over 200 A319's and A320's. At a price tag of around \$90m per plane, that equates to about \$18bn. Given that their turnover for 2012/13 was around ...
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How do airlines choose what food to serve? [closed]

I'd imagine there are probably reasons behind the choice of food that airlines serve, and I'm wondering what those reasons are? I guess that Air India probably serves more curries than American ...
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Is there a list of what information different airlines track about their flights?

It has been suggested in the media and in some answers here that airlines vary in the information they track about the status of their flights. Is there a publicly available resource that lists what ...
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Are children safe when seated in lap during a flight?

We would never consider putting an infant or toddler into a car without a carseat, but we don't hesitate to do exactly this when getting onto a large airplane. If you aren't aware of the concept of a ...
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Who authorizes low visibility takeoff operations for airlines, and what is required?

A previous question pondered the legality and safety of low visibility Part 91 takeoffs. I am wondering about the requirements for low visibility takeoff for commercial airline operators (e.g. Part-...
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Can airline pilots communicate with dispatchers?

Is it possible for airline pilots to communicate with dispatchers? If so, what methods do they use? A special radio channel?
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Why were flying boats phased out?

Before WWII, flying boats were a popular form of transport, and the advantages are many: No need to build runways, capability of emergency landing on water, availability of large landing sites and no ...
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What is common number of flight hours a year for an airline pilot?

Reading various reports including number of flight hours of the pilots I always wonder how it relates to years of service. In most professions, people work 40 hours a week, which gives around 1900 ...
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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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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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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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