The section of the aeroplane in which passengers travel. In bigger planes this is often split into areas of classes, with business and first at the front and economy at the back of the cabin.
The company responsible for transportation of people or cargo. In terms of aviation, this is the airline.
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The bags that you are allowed to carry on to the plane with you. There are restrictions in what you can take in this baggage with you, such as liquids or weapons, but be sure to check the airline that you are flying with to see their policy on this. There are also often restrictions in the amount or size of carry-on baggage that you are allowed, so be sure to check this too. It is also known as hand baggage. Read about the difference between carry-on baggage and a personal item here.
When an airline has to terminate all of its flights and stop running as a business. This is usually due to the airline going bust after financial troubles, but can also be for other reasons, such as being banned by aviation authorities.
Also known as hold baggage, is baggage that goes in the hold of an aircraft throughout the duration of a flight, so is not able to be accessed during the flight.
The process of confirming your presence on a flight. Online check-in is much more common now and is recommended by us due to saving money and time, however, most airlines will still offer checking in at the airport with airline staff.
The section of the cabin that you sit in. Each have different features and prices, with first and business class often offering comfier seats and more legroom in exchange for a higher price. Although names may differ between airlines, there are typically 3 types of classes on a plane; first class, business class and economy class.
A codeshare flight is a flight which is operated by another airline than the one you purchased with, whilst sharing the same flight number. For example, you buy a flight on airline X's website, which is operated by airline Y. The flight will be on airline Y's plane, and you will usually check-in with airline Y. These are different to Interline flights, despite often being confused for each other.
A combi aircraft is a specific type of aircraft that can carry passengers and cargo, either at the same time or separately.
A commuter flight is a particular type of short-haul flight that people use to commute from home to work.
A connecting flight is a flight itinerary which takes at least one stop between the original destination and final destination. For example, it could go from New York -> Istanbul -> Mauritius rather than a non-stop flight which would go from New York direct to Mauritius. Each flight would have a different flight numbers or it would be classed as a direct flight. For more information on connecting flights, please visit our connecting flights page.
The type of money that a country uses to trade in. At Alternative Airlines, we accept bookings of flights in 7over 160 different currencies to suit you.