ON TRANSIT AIRCRAFT
WHAT IS A TRANSIT AIRCRAFT
The aircraft is at a short stop at the terminal to
disembark and take up new passengers.
Technically the stop should be less than 4
Longer stops will normally requires the aircraft
to be moved to a distant location to free the
gate for other aircrafts.
WHAT HAPPEN ON TRANSIT AIRCRAFTS
There are many activities required to be
Most activities would require prior planning and
the short time for the transit is barely enough
to implement the final stage of the processes.
For example, new set of food to be loaded,
requires the passenger list to be made, food to
be cooked and ready in a truck waiting for the
aircraft to arrive.
PASSENGERS RELATED ACTIVITIES
The aircraft has to be cleared of the incoming
The works include checking that the aircraft are
clear of any passengers and their baggages and
Prepare the cabin for the next group of
Work include cleaning the cabin, prepare the
passengers amenities and seat belts.
CARGO AND BAGGAGE
Off loading the destinations’ cargo and
Rearranging the Cargo and Bags for easy off
loading at the next destination.
Loading of the new loads of cargo and
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Offload the total food from the incoming sector.
Loading of the new set of food and beverages.
Most of the food are precooked, they have only
to be reheated. Reheating is easy with the new
galleys’ (aircraft kitchen) equipments.
Beverages and drinks, once opened have to be
The engines oil have to be checked and top up.
Quick walk around check to ensure the aircraft
had not external damage, look for dents, holes
and sign of stress.
The tyres and brakes are check for wear limit.
Review the aircraft logs for defects,
Refuel the aircraft to the required figures
The pilot will counter check for aircraft
readiness to fly for the next sector.
The new group of passengers will board the
aircraft upon clearance by the pilot and the
WHO ARE INVOLVED
The cabin crews
The engineering staff
The traffic personnel
The Cargo personnel
Support groups – ground handlers
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