US Airways - June 2013 - (Page 12)

embark Tucked in for the Night Even planes like to rest. Here’s what happens when they get put to bed. Making It Happen Behind the Scenes of Your Flight issues, workers close up the plane for the night. Finally, the plane can get some rest. “An average aircraft can get about eight hours of sleep,” says Costanzo, “so they actually sleep more than most of us!” By Tara Titcombe ★ 12 june 2013 Wake-Up Call After a good night’s rest, planes must get back to work early in the morning. First, the aircraft is inspected and prepped for flight. Next, the power is started so the cabin can begin heating or cooling, depending on the season. About an hour before departure, caterers load the food and beverage carts. Also around this time, ramp workers begin loading luggage and cargo. The crew arrives about 45 minutes before departure to ready the cabin, and the pilot conducts a walk-around inspection of the plane. About 15 minutes later, boarding begins. As soon as the plane pushes back from the gate, its workday has officially begun. illustration by ed fotheringham US Airways’ planes fly long hours every day to more than 200 cities and many different time zones. But every now and then, a plane gets some down time. The aircraft scheduling and maintenancerouting departments work together to determine which airport will host a plane’s overnight stay — typically planning up to 90 days in advance. If a plane requires a routine maintenance check, it will stay overnight at an airport with a US Airways maintenance station. If it needs a more thorough multi-day check, it will be parked in a hangar at a maintenance base. If no maintenance is needed, it can stay overnight at any US Airways destination airport that has enough available gates. “No matter where a plane overnights, it will get a nose-to-tail check and will be completely serviced for the next morning’s flight,” says Vince Costanzo, managing director of station operations support. After a plane makes its final landing for the day, it is parked and secured. Fuelers note how much fuel they’ll need to add in the morning. Ramp workers ensure that the cargo bins are empty and closed. The catering crew removes all carts and leftover food. Another team then performs a complete cleaning. If there are no maintenance

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - June 2013

US Airways - June 2013
Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Best Outdoor Music Venues
Hub Crawl: Los Angeles International Airport
Wine & Dine: Infused Spirits
Great Tastes: B.B. King's Blues Clubs
Diversions: Beer Gardens
Great Escapes: Hard Rock Hotels
Great Escapes: Universal Orlando Resort
Diversions: Seven Super Spas
Adventure: Sebasco Harbor Resort, Maine
Golf: Billy Casper
Gear Up: Family Games
Travel Feature: The Lure of the Lake
US Airways: All in the Family
Chefs Tell: Sea Fire Grill
Charlotte, NC
Special Section: Los Angeles Arts
Must Read: Color Blind
Great Dates
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - June 2013