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Why do all commercial aircraft have carpets?

helps prevent slips and falls contains spills (your spilt soda won't ruin your neighbors bag) more easily removed and replaced helps reduce cabin noise
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Is this really a British Airways 727?

Interesting question! In the background, a Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 can be seen. Therefore, I assume the airport is a Lufthansa destination. Since the 727 is not exactly a long range aircraft, but ...
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Why do airlines retire the flight number after a crash?

consider if you Google a flight number you can see the flight status, imagine if the number was from a past crash, you might for a moment think the one you're looking up had crashed
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Why are airlines so concerned with checked baggage weight?

Airlines do care about your carry-on weight and even your weight. Many have carry-on weight limits, which low-cost carriers usually enforce, weighing the carry-on and tagging it as cabin luggage. Full-...
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Why have none of the US /UK/Japanese airlines ordered the Irkut MC-21 yet?

Ordering an aircraft is a very complex business, and implicates a number of matters that don't actually (on the surface, anyway) have anything to do with the aircraft itself. Consider this from the ...
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What if all passengers pay to check in extra baggage?

To answer the questions as asked, We won't depart over the maximum takeoff weight. We'll do something to bring the takeoff weight down to not exceed the limit. Generally, people fly as scheduled if ...
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How much of an improvement would a 1% weight decrease on an airplane be to the industry?

There is an easy way to get an idea of what magnitude the savings are: The Breguet equation can answer this. You first calculate a reference aircraft and then start all over with one that weighs 1% ...
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Why do airlines retire the flight number after a crash?

Retiring flight numbers after crash is mainly done to prevent the flight evoking negative emotions among future passengers. You don't want the flight number to conjure up images of crash while booking ...
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What could explain the fact that during 1976-80, I used to hear commercial jets make sonic booms while flying overhead?

Note that 747's and other jumbo jets operating out of Bradley could not have produced sonic booms because they do not fly above the speed of sound (they only do 500 to 550 MPH at high altitude cruise) ...
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Are there any Boeing 747 still flying for commercial use?

Quite a few, actually. British Airways is the largest operator of B747-400 and flies a number of routes: Where does the Boeing 747-400 fly? The aircraft operates on a variety of routes, ...
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What simulation software do airlines use?

X-Plane offers a "Professional Level" which is mostly about licensing. However X-Plane also has an FAA certified version that if paired with proper controls is legal for certain training/instructional ...
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Why do all commercial aircraft have carpets?

The answer: High heels! The local pressure of high heels would punch a hole in the aluminium or composite flooring, and a carpet is the lightest way to distribute the loads such that the local ...
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Is there a commonly recognized placeholder airline name?

I think Oceanic Airlines is well known fictive airline. It is used widely in Lost and also Alias, Castle, JAG, Category 6: Day of Destruction and in Executive Decision (the material from this movie ...
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Are there any Boeing 747 still flying for commercial use?

There are many airlines still operating the 747 in passenger service. Lufthansa has bought the 747-8, the last delivery was in April 2015, so I'd expect that the 747 will be in passenger service for ...
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Are there any Boeing 747 still flying for commercial use?

There are still lots of 747's in scheduled passenger service and at least a few dozen of them will almost certainly remain so for the next 20+ years. 747-400 British Airways has 36 of them with ...
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What fundamental differences separate low-budget airlines from traditional airlines?

Generally speaking: They operate a limited number of airframes if not a single one (for example Ryanair operates 420 737-800's and only a single 737-700 for chartering). This allows them to buy ...
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How is flight planning performed with short turnaround times?

The main reason why turnaround times can be that short is that pilots brief all flights of the day in the morning before the first flight. This briefing is typically done in the crew room at the ...
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What if all passengers pay to check in extra baggage?

The situation you described actually happened recently in flights to India from the Middle East. Many bags were simply left behind and carriers were making arrangements to transport them at the ...
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How much of an improvement would a 1% weight decrease on an airplane be to the industry?

One % of takeoff weight is huge. On a B747 with MTOW of 300 tons, that is a weight saving of 3,000 kg, weight that needs not be lugged around for the couple of decades that the aircraft will be flying....
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Why do airlines retire the flight number after a crash?

You answered your own question, they retire numbers because of the emotional context. Some people think that using such a number again shows a lack of sensitivity to the dead and their families, ...
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Do two airlines have IATA code N8?

IATA issues duplicate airline codes to regional airlines where the codes are not likely to overlap, from Wikipedia: Controlled duplicates are issued to regional airlines whose destinations are not ...
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What simulation software do airlines use?

Computer games try to model the aircraft based on generalized aerodynamic and physical principles and at best "feel". FAA and EASA certified full flight simulators are built with a data package ...
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What simulation software do airlines use?

Yes the PC software that OP mentions can be used for professional flight training - if it demonstrates to the authorities that it matches aircraft data, and that is where the distinction lies. It has ...
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Is there a commonly recognized placeholder airline name?

I would suggest Acme. At least within certain communities, Acme is a generally recognized placeholder name for airlines. This includes Acme Airlines, Acme Red, Acme Giant, Acme Express, etc. This ...
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Why doesn't the US have a flag carrier airline?

The definition of a "Flag Carrier", although somewhat vague and frequently disputed, is generally accepted to mean: an air carrier that is owned by, or subsidized by, the government of the country of ...
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Why don't flight attendants wear pants instead of skirts?

Some do. Despite my attempts, I've never successfully dared a cis male FA to wear a skirt... As your picture very well illustrates, FA uniforms are a marketing billboard for the airline. Their ...
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Why did the CAA not use Monarch aircraft to repatriate stranded Monarch passengers?

Pondlife pretty much hit the nail on the head. When a business goes bankrupt or bust, depending on jurisdiction, the assets of the company may not belong to the company anymore, they may belong to ...
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During the holding procedure is it required that the pax must have the seat belt on?

There are no regulations which require passengers to be seated when the plane is flying a holding pattern, but there are a few practical advantages to keep the seat belt sign on during this phase: ...
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What could explain the fact that during 1976-80, I used to hear commercial jets make sonic booms while flying overhead?

It was either not a sonic boom, or it was not a commercial jet. As Niels has pointed out, civilian aircraft are prohibited from operating faster than 250 knots Indicated Airspeed below 10,000 feet MSL ...
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