Questions tagged [airline-operations]

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Why do some U.S. airlines require passenger headrests to be lowered during takeoff?

I've experienced a few times recently where cabin crew have asked passengers to lower their adjustable headrests during takeoff and landing and, in at least one case, it was even part of the pre-...
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Is this a Janet Airlines 737 at Area 51?

I was looking at the satellite image of area 51 on google earth and i noticed an airplane that was taxiing alone on area 51 at 37°14′0″N 115°48′30″W or (R-4808N) could this be a Janet airlines Boeing ...
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Why was this commercial plane highly delayed mid-flight?

What could be the main reasons for a short-haul flight to be delayed over an hour in-flight? Recent Lufthansa LH 2227 CDG-MUC flight took off only half an hour after scheduled time, but landed at ...
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What date and time definition is used for the second leg of a flight?

Let's take flight BA0015, from London to Syndney, via Singapore. This is data from FlightStats. The first leg has this data: ...
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What happens to thrust and drag in a straight and level flight?

Straight and level flight means when an aircraft is flying at a constant speed without changing its attitude. Its lift is equal to the weight of the aircraft. It is flying at a constant altitude. Then ...
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Why do shipping companies opt for the Boeing 747 instead of Antonov An-124?

Both are quad-jets, but the Antonovs can carry up to 150 t of payload and are much cheaper (\$100M for the An-124 compared to \$238M for the Boeing 747-400F). I understand that MRO is quite an issue ...
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Do ETOPS rated airplanes ALWAYS fly with ETOPS requirements?

So, as this is kind of a confusing subject I want to make sure I get a real answer, that's why I ended up doing it here. As ETOPS rated airplanes need to fly with certain rules so they comply with all ...
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What accidents have had crew accustomization to warnings among their causes?

A non-answer on this question claimed that: the idea that maneuvering with the stall warning activated will somehow damage us, causing us to ignore its warning when the chips are down and AOA is up,...
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Could the toilet be used as an extra passenger seat?

In the US, if the toilet had a seat belt, would it be legal for an airline to board one more passenger than the number of normal passenger seats, requiring that whoever used the toilet last must ...
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Commercial aircraft minimum and maximum climb angle and rate?

Is it possible for a commercial pilot to set a minimal rate of climb - for example, 350' NM climb rate, target heading of 200 degrees and target altitude of 2000 feet above MSL - before getting radar ...
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How many hours do cabin crews work?

Flight crews are limited to 100 flight hours a month and 1000 flight hours a year, and usually paid by flight hour too. But is it the same for cabin crews or do they have their own rules for monthly ...
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How much does it cost (on average) to run an airliner as a low cost airline on short distance flights? [duplicate]

Considering Germany is thinking about implementing new taxes to increase costs for commercial flights due to how cheap flights have become and the pollution they produce, I was thinking how much does ...
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How are crews managed after a diversion (far from hub)?

While reading one of the reports of flight diversion, I started thinking about how airlines manage aftermath of the diversion especially for long haul transatlantic flights. Many of the reports say ...
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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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What are these clip-like things?

With me becoming an aviation enthusiast and AirBerlin becoming insolvent, my mom has gone on a hunt for deals on what I can best describe as AirBerlin merch (old uniforms, shirts, skirts, belts and ...
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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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Does a no-touch policy really work?

In Boeing 787 and Airbus 350 aircrafts, more than half of the aircraft body is made of composite material. The composite structure of the fuselage does not indicate the damage when the body is ...
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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 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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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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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 should ground crews act to safely extinguish an airliner's brake unit fire?

When the brake unit was overheated and had just begun to catch fire due to excessive braking because of long taxi distance upon arrival, the ground personnel (not firefighters) made the first ...
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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 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 operational aspects of Alphabet's Wing drone delivery service will be the same as that of an airline?

The NPR News article and podcast FAA Certifies Google's Wing Drone Delivery Company To Operate As An Airline begins with: The Federal Aviation Administration has certified Alphabet's Wing Aviation to ...
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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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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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