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How much does it cost extra to fly with one additional passenger?

How much does it cost to fly an airplane (like a Boeing or Airbus) when there's one extra passenger there, at an average speed of 475–500 knots (880–926 km/h; 547–575 mph)? That is, about 100kg extra,...
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What is the most 'environmentally friendly' way to learn to fly?

As this question indicates, I've been thinking recently about the environmental impact of flying (since when automated cars are the only means of ground transport, aviation will be responsible for ...
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Why don’t airliners have temporary liveries?

For buses, it’s quite common to have plastic foil with advertisements on them, but I’ve never seen that on an aircraft. Looking at how aggressively some airlines try to save money, they probably ...
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Could Airbus resume production of the A380? [closed]

Airbus is phasing out the production of their A380 superjumbo due to low demand from airlines. But what if (for the sake of argument) in the future Airbus' prediction of the need of a large aircraft ...
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Airplane gently rocking its wings during whole flight

I was on a flight with a regional airline a while ago in a Bombardier airplane (if I recall correctly) where the airplane would slowly and gently rock its wings just a little bit on the whole flight. ...
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Why would a flight take a detour on clean weather?

I was in a flight recently (march 22nd) from SBCF to SBGR (Brazil). It's usually a 1h10m flight, but mine took roughly 20 minutes more. I saw the flight path in FlightAware and there's an unexpected (...
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Why don't short-haul regional jets go for composites?

We have seen Airbus and Boeing going all the way for composites on their A350 and 787, but when it comes to smaller planes like the Embraer E-jets or the Bombardier C-series, they choose to use ...
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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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Why is the A330neo more efficient than the A350 on shorter routes?

For A330neo Wikipedia page, is written: A330neo enables profitability on shorter ranges where the longer-range A350 and Boeing 787 aren't optimized. For what reasons it is true? A330 and A350 ...
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Why are aircraft parts built in different places and assembled in one?

Airbus has its manufacturing facilities in Spain, France, Great Britain and Germany. Each country produces different parts of the aircraft and is finally assembled in one place. Why is this? Wouldn't ...
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Would a refueling stop be cheaper than finding lodging for all the passengers?

This is somewhat late followup question to my original question. Basic story was flight got delayed by almost 24 hours because first, technical reasons, secondly temperatures were very high. As far ...
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Why are jet fuel prices very similar in North America and Europe, yet automotive fuel prices are very different?

Why is the pricing difference of jet fuel between North America and Europe extremely small, unlike automotive gasoline? As of June 22, 2018, the prices in USD per barrel of it between the two ...
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What was the value proposition of the 767-400ER over the 777?

Aside from visible differences, what are some differences in the usage and design of the 767-400ER as compared to the 777-200/200ER (or 300/ER if you feel makes more sense)? What was the value ...
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Why do narrowbodies have longer life than widebodies?

Is it fair to say that narrowbody aircraft have a longer life than widebody aircraft? This is the conclusion drawn from a report written by Dick Forsburg from Avolon (.pdf), where he says that the ...
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Why don't 747s use unreliable, but cheap, jet engines instead?

I'm a neophyte who was reading a little bit about jet engines, and the economics behind them. In particular, I was curious about what makes jet engines so expensive compared to piston engines. A ...
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How much more economical are planes with retractable gears vs. those with fixed gears?

Many small planes have fixed gears, some have retractable gears. All things being equal, the plane with retractable gears would have to be more expensive than fixed gears, as the mechanisms involved ...
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What is the average number hours flown annually by a commercial cargo aircraft?

I'm hoping someone has already performed some initial research that might support some preliminary economic models for an aircraft design project.
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Would the twin engine Boeing Y3 be able to compete better than the Airbus A380? [closed]

The low sales performance of the quad engine Airbus A380 and declining sales of the Boeing 747-800 have largely been attributed to lesser fuel economy of quad engine aircraft when compared to their ...
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How could a twin aisle aircraft (Boeing NMA) ever have a single aisle (A321) economics?

I understand from this discussion about the Boeing 757 and 767 that drag is directly related to the front area of the airframe, hence flight efficiency of the dual aisle aircraft can only be ...
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Is a turboprop or a turbofan more eco-friendly?

If we compare them, which one wins? Why? And, what about CO2 emissions?
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Why do all airliners have life jackets?

According to this question, life jackets are not mandatory in planes that do not fly over large bodies of water. However, I have never been on an airline flight without life jackets (and the ...
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Is the Airbus A380 a viable shorthaul airliner?

What is the technical, mechanical and economic feasibility of using the Airbus A380 for short haul flights of under 4 hours in its 800 plus seat configuration? I'm talking about cost and economies of ...
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What implications does automobile electrification have for the supply and cost of Avgas?

The electrification of automobiles has been picking up pace recently, with various countries and manufacturers setting targets for an electric- or electric/hybrid- only future. If these plans come to ...
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Is there a KPI to measure average hours flown?

I am working on a report for a small charter airline and I want to set a key performance indicator (KPI) to measure average hours flown. Is there a practice in aviation field to consider optimum ...
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Do airlines in the US or UK have to pay fuel taxes?

Do airlines in the US or UK have to pay fuel taxes? When looking at Jet-A prices on the Shell website, for example, it's unclear if the listed prices include taxes. Do they?
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Why are general aviation avionics so expensive?

I am quite sure that someone already asked this question, but I couldn't find it on this site. Why are avionics for general aviation aircraft so expensive? For example: The Garmin® G5 $ 2,149.00 ...
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Why is jet fuel cheaper than piston fuel?

Why is Jet-A cheaper than 100LL? Shouldn't it be the other way around?
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Is it really cost effective to put a motion system underneath a Full Flight Simulator?

Civil full flight simulators are mounted on top of a motion system. It is an expensive system, requires higher and therefore more costly buildings, and requires greater structural integrity of the ...
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Why do aircraft models end their life as freighters?

There seems to be a tendency that aircraft models are more long-lived for cargo than for passenger service. For example, both the A300 and MD-11 are all but extinct in scheduled passenger service, ...
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Do financiers request IDERA's for small aircraft? [closed]

Do financiers request IDERA's for small aircraft, or just large ones registered under the CTC?
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Is the takeoff power always maximum?

I used to think that for commercial aircraft from Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, etc., the take off power was always maximum and selected by the TOGA selection on the thrust levers. But I have been told ...
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Why are fighter jets rated differently than passenger jets?

Recently I watched a video on the economics of running an airline. They mentioned that passenger planes have a life span rated in cycles. That got me thinking because as far as I know, fighter jets ...
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How much of an airline's costs are labor costs?

What percentage of a commercial airline's costs are labor costs? Can an airline run a low-cost operation without reducing the wages for crew and pilots, or subjecting them to long shifts? E.g. ...
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Which aircraft type flies the most annual passenger-miles?

Which aircraft type flies the most annual passenger-miles? I understand there are over 4,000 737s in service. However, there are over 1,300 777s in service. These each carry more passengers, and ...
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What were the effects of the oil crises on the Concorde ticket prices?

One of the things that is considered to have greatly hampered Concorde's success were the dramatic oil price increases due to the 1973 oil crisis (the 1979 one surely didn't help either, but it was ...
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What is the most economical way to store a small aircraft in a place with severe weather?

I'm interested in possibly owning a small aircraft sometime in the future. In the interest of finding out how much money it would cost, I recently called a local FBO and asked about a hangar rental. ...
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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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What are the “high performance characteristics” of a Boeing 777?

News of the potential further stretch of the A350-1000 have seen pretty much all journalists discuss the "high performance characteristics" of the competing Boeing 777-9 with Middle Eastern airlines. ...
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What do airliner manufacturers do with aircraft for which have no buyers?

"White-tail airliners" refers to either airliners without any customer order (like the beginning of A300 production), or those where the order was cancelled after/during production and where no new ...
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Did any Boeing 787 operator achieve the 20% fuel efficiency improvement over the 767?

Is there any airline which are able to get the complete 20% fuel efficiency on their 787 with respect to 767 it is going to replace, as told by Boeing. I have read that one of the early customer like ...
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Lighter than Air Aircraft [duplicate]

Given the fact that Helium is now readily available (as compared to times when Zeppelins were around), why isn't Lighter Than Air Aviation used for cheap travel?
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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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What are capabilities of small Airplane in general? [closed]

In general what can i expect of small, 4-seat, light airplane? I am specifically interested in the Pipistrel Panthera, though general responses would be appreciated. What is usual range of that kind ...
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Why don't airlines load their passengers like freight?

Apparently, the time for boarding and deboarding an airplane is a large cost factor and something airlines try to minimize but have trouble controlling because the passengers do it themselves. A ...
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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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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 ...