Questions tagged [airline-operations]

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Most time-consuming tasks while a plane is on the ground

How long should commercial planes stay on the ground after landing before they can take off again? What is the most time-consuming thing/task/operation that happens during this time? Is downloading ...
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List of airlines and aircraft types at Copenhagen Airport (CPH)

Is there a website with a list of all the airlines that fly to Copenhagen Airport (CPH), and with what aircraft types they fly to Copenhagen? I have found a list of airlines at the website from ...
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What is the procedure after a missed approach at the destination alternate since alternate fuel does not contain a missed app. at the alternate?

I am currently studying the fuel policy planning criteria for ATPL EASA(A) and i just learnt that the alternate fuel does NOT comprise the missed approach at the alternate destination aerodrome; in ...
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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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How many airport charts do airline pilots have in the cockpit?

I always wonder how many "backup" approach charts and airport diagrams airline pilots have in case the plane has to divert. I imagine a few possibilities: There are no approach charts in the cockpit. ...
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How much does weight really affect the operation cost?

Hi given an information from a reliable new source article (https://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/11/business/worldbusiness/11iht-air.1.13628276.html), it was mentioned that "Every 25 pounds we remove, we ...
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Does the Flight Data Recorder store the data locally or send it to an offsite backup while in flight? [duplicate]

I was wondering, what a black box actually does ? Does it store the in flight data, in case an accident should occur or it's sending it to an offsite backup while in flight ? And if it stores the data,...
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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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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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Is it a common airline practice to base T/O speeds on the actual T/O weight when an assumed temp thrust is used?

Let's say the current outside air temp is 15 C and you have decided to use 50 C as the today's assumed temperature for your takeoff. In this case, use of the T/O weight the assumed temp thrust ...
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Why are there no “sleeper” planes?

On a recent long-haul flight I sat by the windows and was dreaming away staring into infinity out of the window. Then a thought came up, in Asia sleeping busses are very common. This made me think, ...
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Why does one announce “Thrust Set”?

I have watched many aircraft takeoffs now where the flight deck announce 'Thrust Set', just after the engines are set to full. Forgive the dumb question, but why does one announce that the thrust is ...
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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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Why didn't Air India always fly DEL-SFO over the Pacific?

I read a 2016 article that said Air India broke a record for the longest flight (distance) by flying from New Delhi to San Francisco over the Pacific rather than a polar/Atlantic route. The total ...
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Did these weather conditions require the airline to cancel a flight? [duplicate]

[I do not believe this question duplicates a previous question, which involves different conditions and circumstances] I'm interested in the airline's response to a query of mine about why a flight ...
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Do airlines in Middle East use higher cost indexes?

Cost index equals time cost divivded by fuel cost. Given that, do the airlines in Middle East generally use higher cost indexes because fuel costs are much cheaper?
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Why would Emirates fly over Iraq, avoiding Iran?

For the last few years flying with Emirates from the UK to Dubai, I've noticed it avoids Iraq and fly over Iran to the north. For example, EK40 from BHX to DXB From Flightradar24 However, flying ...
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What is the proper procedure when a passenger seat belt becomes inoperable during flight?

I was on a Delta flight in Business class on a 777 and during flight the motor of the seat caused the seat belt buckle to pop off the end of the seat belt causing the seat belt to be inoperable. ...
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Where can I find accident statistics on zero gravity flights?

I am investigating the option of booking a zero gravity flight with a commercial airline. But I am a nervous flyer. Do any of the airlines offering this have a 0% accident / fatality record?

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