[Ads-l] Another Agent-Patient reversal

dave@wilton.net dave at WILTON.NET
Fri Dec 31 14:23:42 UTC 2021

I think here it is the "service" (between Geneva and New York) that is operated by the aircraft, not the airline. Still a dangling modifier and an odd use of "operated."
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From: "Geoffrey Nathan" <geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU>
Sent: Friday, December 31, 2021 7:55am
Subject: [ADS-L] Another Agent-Patient reversal

In today’s Simple Flying news is a report that

'Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) has resumed its flagship service
between Geneva and New York. Operated by an Airbus A330-300,
the flights will initially run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays,
and Saturdays, with plans for daily flights by the northern 2022 summer.'

Normally *airlines* operate planes, not the other way around.

A quick Google ngram search found lots of cases of
'airline operated', but the only 'aircraft operated' instances
were passives ('aircraft operated by Delta')

Geoffrey S. Nathan
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Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
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