Questions tagged [airline-operations]

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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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Which airport is featured in this Delta commercial?

I just saw a Delta commercial with a plane taking off from a runway with a 16R designation (thus, the plane in the commercial was departing from 34L). Does anyone know where this airport is? Climbing ...
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Why isn't aircraft structure inspection done by robots? Is there any known active research on the subject?

From my research I've found that (correct me if i am wrong): Structure inspection (in B,C and D Checks) including (visual, thermography, ultrasonic inspections) looking for structure damage of ...
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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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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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Is it currently feasible to glide airliners from cruise level to ILS glideslope (CDO)?

Is this possible for some airports to perform full continuous descent operations (CDO), gliding at idle thrust from top of descent to glideslope interception. (source: Lubo Mitev's Blog) LAX and UK ...
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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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What are SIDS and STARs?

I’ve been exploring the FMC(flight management computer) on the PMDG 777 and noticed that under the route section you can insert VIA and TO points. From what I’ve learnt this is where you would insert ...
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How can flight attendants respond to an immediate medical emergency?

When an airplane is about to takeoff (after leaving the gate), how should the flight attendants respond to an emergency with a passenger which requires medical immediate assistance?
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How does an airline decide on an engine?

How does an airline, when buying aircrafts, decide on which engine to use? In many cases, although there are several options to choose from, the engines do not differ much in their operating ...
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Do airlines staff extra crew members when disabled persons are check in?

The question "How are disabled passengers evacuated during emergency?" made me wander if minimum crew number required by regulation are enough in case of passengers requiring extra care in case of ...
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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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How do airlines without assigned seating verify cargo balance? [duplicate]

How to approximate the mass of passengers is well explained, but balance of the aircraft is concerned more with where they sit. Other answers have hinted that assigned seating locations are one method ...
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Was the airframe involved in the LOT Flight 16 accident repaired?

The belly landing of LOT Flight 16 is known by many: Wikimedia YouTube My impression is that a lot of aluminum was ground off by the runway. Maybe too much? Question: What is the status of that ...
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Is there a central database for all airline reservation information? [closed]

So we are flying on a reservation that flies from LAX to NRT with United then from NRT to BKK on Thai Airways via a United codeshare. This reservation was booked through United's website. When the ...
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Do aircraft technicians need additional certifications to work in other countries?

Professional technicians, who work in aircraft maintenance, usually obtain some sort of national certification, right? Let's suppose someone got training and certification in one country, and wants ...
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What is the structure of the crew documentation used in flight for a commercial aircraft?

Common documentation easily found online (using A320 family as an example): Flight crew operating manual (FCOM, multiple volumes) Flight crew training manual (FCTM) Standard operating procedures (SOP)...
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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 (or was) it acceptable to throttle up for takeoff before being aligned with the runway center line? [closed]

30 years ago I was on a flight from Spain to Brussels and when we were heading to the runway for takeoff, the commander opened full throttle to the engines while we were still some 60º away from being ...
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How can you do preflight fan inspection when it's windy?

While sitting, bored to tears, intermittently scanning the 'Delayed' display next to my flight, I've looked out of the airport windows. Out on the stand, amongst the baggage and fuel truck activity, ...
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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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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 privileges do off-duty pilots have in their own airline?

I was recently in a Delta flight where there were two off-duty, but in-uniform pilots flying along with the passengers. One of the pilots sat in the First Class section of the airplane and the other ...
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What is the difference between placing wheel chocks on the outer wheels as opposed to the inner wheels of the main landing gear?

Recently I am aware of a change made to the IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM) in regards to the position of the wheel chock on the main landing gear. Is there a justification for why one method is ...
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What do Turnaround Supervisors do before departure?

Before the plane is able to take off, what calculations do Turnaround Supervisors have to do and what do they have to check before the plane departs?
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What makes someone a 'Senior First Officer'?

Some airlines have a Senior First Officer rank. Apart from the title and (presumably) the pay, what makes them different from a regular First Officer? Do they have any differing duties or ...
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How are bids packages and awards generated?

There probably is no short answer for this. Crews out there, how do you bid and how are you rewarded? Are you always satisfied with your lines? Can someone also explain in brief from a system point of ...
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Approximate Cost of Food & Beverage Preparation & Storage Equipment on A350 [closed]

What's the approximate price for all the food and beverage preparation & storage equipment on the A350? If you don't know the answer for the A350, I'm interested in hearing knowledgeable estimates ...
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How do airlines assign flight numbers? [closed]

(Not company call-signs) Wikipedia gives the following guidelines Eastbound and northbound flights are traditionally assigned even numbers, while westbound and southbound flights have odd ...
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Is there a list of part 121 and/or 135 operators?

While looking into this question, I found a list of certificated air carriers on the US Department of Transportation website (there's a list of commuter air carriers too). But, the list doesn't say if ...
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Can airline ignore or get exception from V1 and other safety rules?

In this famous video with not to good quality now I don't believe this IL76 was able to takeoof if the engine failed. Are the rules ignored? Or it's possible to get ...
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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 US airline add an employee passenger as crew?

Suppose an airliner flight is full with passengers and the airline staff realize afterwards that there are employees who the airline wants to send to their shifts using that flight. The airline staff ...
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What is the strongest jetstream ever encountered in commercial flight?

Jet-streams are high-altitude winds which flow from west to east. They can be provide a very strong tailwind or headwind depending on which direction the aircraft is going. What is the historic ...
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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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What is the two-person cockpit rule, as of February 2020?

In the comments to the accepted answer on this question, there is some conflicting information about the current regulations around the 2 person cockpit rule. I was under the impression that there ...
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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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Do pilot uniforms always include a shirt with stripes?

On airliners, pilot's uniform usually include a shirt with stripes on shoulder. I cannot find examples of pilot without this kind of uniform while in service (either in the airport before departure/...
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What is the speed of a standard airliner during the different phases of the flight?

I would like to know how does the speed of an airliner vary as a function of time.
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Why do airlines over-estimate/over-calculate flight times?

A specific example I'm referring to is Cathay Pacific's CX138 flight between Sydney and Hong Kong. This flight is scheduled to be 9 hours & 40 minutes long (departing SYD at 22:20 local time and ...
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How do commercial flights get overbooked? [closed]

The other week my flight was overbooked and so the airline looked for volunteers to take another flight the following morning. I can't stop thinking about this since the number of seats available and ...
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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 are autonomous vehicles not used at airports for on-ground services?

Autonomous vehicles have been around for over an decade, other industries such as the maritime industry have already been using unmanned vehicles at ports. Curious to know why airports are reluctant ...
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Do they wait until all aircraft have landed before winding up an airline?

This BBC article suggests that any announcement about winding up Thomas Cook will wait until late at night and all its planes are on the ground (I guess they don't fly long haul distances?) before an ...
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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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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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Is there any order of loading containers into aircraft instead of weight balance?

Assuming there is some container which have to load into the airliners. All of them are stored into same size ULD and same weight. The difference is that some are exclusively passenger luggage, ...
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Why is the flight path from Taipei to Tianjin not a straight line?

The flight path from Taipei, Taiwan, to Tianjin, China, does not go directly to Tianjin in a straight line. Instead, it heads directly north, then banks left (west) before heading north again. (...
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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 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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