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Westjet Code - Why #4 Doesn't Exist?  
User currently offlineScotland1979 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 548 posts, RR: 12
Posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1806 times:
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Hello!
I was wondering why every Westjet code never has # 4 at the end?

For instance
001
002
003
005
006

201
202
203
205
206 etc..... did you notice # 4 doesn't exist at the end...

Does anyone know why? I like to know why.

Thank you!


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User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

Not sure, but a friend of mine is a captain over there and I've forwarded the question. If he's on a pairing it could be several days before he answers.

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User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

4 is Bad Luck for Westjet.
One of the superstitions around the world which in the case of WJ chose not to have this particular number shown on any of its tails.
I do wonder why they chose 4 instead of the more common 13 as many here worry about.



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User currently offlineBubbles From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1195 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1750 times:
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Quoting BO__einG (Reply 2):
I do wonder why they chose 4 instead of the more common 13 as many here worry about.

 Smile I have no idea, either.

But the number '4' in Chinese definitely is not a good one. Except of very slightly different tone, the pronunciation of number '4' in Mandarin is same as another Chinese character which means 'to die'. Of course, again I don't know why '4' is bad luck for WJ. whereas it is a bad number for Chinese.

_Hongyin_


User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1702 times:

Apparently the superstition goes back to the Canadian Airlines days. Two examples I was given were a 737 vs snowplow runway incursion in Kelowna and a 737 that caught fire and burned here in Calgary. Both had 4 in the flight number.

B


User currently offlineScotland1979 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 548 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
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Really.. thanks CalgaryBill for sharing this information. Also thanks Bubbles about "4" which is an interesting information.

Thanks again!



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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

Quoting Bubbles (Reply 3):

I have no idea, either.

But the number '4' in Chinese definitely is not a good one. Except of very slightly different tone, the pronunciation of number '4' in Mandarin is same as another Chinese character which means 'to die'. Of course, again I don't know why '4' is bad luck for WJ. whereas it is a bad number for Chinese.

_Hongyin_

Yes I noticed this in a hotel I was staying at near YVR in Richmond, an area with a large Asisan population. Any number with a four was omitted as a floor number.



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User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

Quoting Bubbles (Reply 3):
the pronunciation of number '4' in Mandarin is same as another Chinese character which means 'to die'.

It's the same in Cantonese, four sounds like die or death. Another one is five, which is pronounced "mm" which also sounds like the word for "not." Eight sounds like "lucky" so house number 58 would be "not lucky" and likely wouldn't be purchased by someone superstitious. Apparently my Chinese brother-in-law whose house is number 58 isn't very superstitious!

Two on the other hand sounds like "really" or "very" so 28 is "very lucky," my old house number 228 was even better - "very, very lucky." Must be true, the price almost doubled in 2.5 years, we sold it, and it's now paying for my commercial pilot's license (and a Nikon D3!)...

B


User currently offlineVisityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Check out the flight numbers between YVR and China. Lot of 8s in there  Wink

User currently offlineBubbles From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1195 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1627 times:
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Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 7):
58 would be "not lucky"

In Mandarin, the pronunciation of "58" goes to the opposite direction. "5" sounds like "I", and "8" is similar "prosperity, and enrichment". So, "58" stands for "I am getting rich."

_Hongyin_


User currently offlineScotland1979 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 548 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1588 times:
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So I hope I will find rare camera 58D to keep me getting rich lol


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