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How To Find Out What Aircraft Number You'll Be On?  
User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 622 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 14748 times:

Hi Guys,

Just wondering, how on earth do you find out what aircraft number (registration number) you are scheduled to fly on?

This is in particular question to Qantas.

Cheers!

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User currently offlineflyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1016 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14697 times:

In a word - you can't. Not even the airline itself knows what exact aircraft will be operating a given route on a given day, at least not until very close to the flight date. Changes happen all the time, aircraft get switched around and get switched again, an aircraft gets stuck downroute and messes up the whole schedule, and so on.

An operating aircraft is not final until it has pushed back from the gate with pax on board. And even then it might change due to mx issues.



Public service announcement: "It's" = "it is". To indicate posession, write "its." Looks wrong, but it's correct grammar
User currently offlineNorthwest727 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14496 times:

In the USA, you can find it here: http://tinyurl.com/4w57r7z

However, not all of the regional carriers report, and information is usually delayed about two months. Say you flew on February 14, you would not be able to see the statistics until about April.


User currently offlinecloud4000 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14479 times:

Can you get registration numbers through ACARS logs?


Boston, USA
User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 14203 times:

Thanks!!!!

I have been trying to find that website for a while.....Its too bad that it doesnt go back any further than that....like back into the 1980s....

Access-Air



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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14120 times:

If you fly Continental, you can get the Reg # via their website. However, that info is available only a few days prior to your departure. I think 2 days to be exact. You can also see where it is coming from and where it's going after your flight. I know of no other carrier that does that however.

Of course, that's not always accurate. I was on 777's and those are pretty tight on the schedule for CO, so it was accurate for me.

UAL


User currently offlineBlueBus From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14025 times:

Look out the window at the plane at the gate  .

Sometimes you can, but you should be able to get it from the reg card inside the airplane's door.


User currently offlineBA9216C From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2010, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 13944 times:

Quoting BlueBus (Reply 6):

By the question it seems AA7295 is asking whether the reg can be known before you fly, possibly even before seeing what aircraft you're flying on at the gate.

I will however add to BlueBus's comment that you could also ask a cabin crew member what aircraft you are on (at that time) since they are likely to know before boarding the aircraft or is likely to be written somewhere near the IFE main station (speaking purely from the basis of BA aircraft) which they could find out for you.


User currently offlineflyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1016 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 13926 times:

QF has a little plaque with the aircraft's registration mounted next to the upper left corner of the rearmost left exit door. Or at least they do on their B744s, which is the only QF aircraft type I've ever flown on (several times though).


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User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 13899 times:
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To get registrations for Qantas flights I always ask on the Sydney Spotters forum. They can usually tell you a few days in advance somehow, because some members there work for Qantas and have access to the scheduling for the aircraft. Not just Qantas either, I've found out what reg British Airways flights from SYD to LHR have been a few days in advance when my fiance flew over here, and also my Aunt flew Qantas from MEL-LHR and I knew the reg in advance.

I will be using this facility myself in a few weeks because I am flying LHR-MEL on a Qantas A380. Can't wait!



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User currently offlinecloud4000 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 13697 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 5):
If you fly Continental, you can get the Reg # via their website. However, that info is available only a few days prior to your departure. I think 2 days to be exact. You can also see where it is coming from and where it's going after your flight. I know of no other carrier that does that however.

Really? How does that work. Do I have a ticket or can anyone see this information?



Boston, USA
User currently offlinegunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3505 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 13604 times:

Look out the window at the terminal, of course! If you can't see the reg number, sometimes you can get a ship number (part of one at least) from the nose gear doors/cockpit window area and check the reg online when you get home. I've also gotten reg #'s by nicely asking crew members for them after the flight a few times...

Quoting Northwest727 (Reply 2):
In the USA, you can find it here: http://tinyurl.com/4w57r7z

Also a very handy tool. I've filled in some blanks over the years using this.



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User currently offlineTimRees From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 13585 times:

I worked out I'd be flying DXB-LHR (BA106) on G-STBB by looking at the flight out of LHR (BA109) on Plane Finder on my iPhone by looking for the outbound flight from LHR which was easy to find at around 1300 GMT when it was still over Germany.

I just wondered if I'd be able to see the reg at 0235 in the morning at DXB - turned out it was easy to read the last two letters on the nose wheel door at the gate anyway. On BA you can ask the cabin crew / the reg is usually on a plate over the starboard door exits which can be seen on boarding.

QF flights appear on Plane Finder when they depart Oz if you're looking for the inbound flight to Europe in advance. Bit tricky sometimes to work out the outbound flight due to the long stop overs at LHR (for example) and aircraft switching over. Best way to be sure is to check on boarding however!


User currently offlinepwm2txlhopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 13521 times:

Quoting Northwest727 (Reply 2):
In the USA, you can find it here: http://tinyurl.com/4w57r7z

Thanks for the link. Great site! I'm finding registrations of flights I took 15 years ago! I didn't think I'd ever find that info without venturing into some dusty file cabinets deep in the basement of an airline's corporate headquarters or perhaps some warehouse in a rough part of town?


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25307 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 13453 times:

Quoting Northwest727 (Reply 2):
In the USA, you can find it here: http://tinyurl.com/4w57r7z

However, not all of the regional carriers report, and information is usually delayed about two months. Say you flew on February 14, you would not be able to see the statistics until about April.

That's historical information. If I understand the wording correctly, the original poster is asking about future flights, not those already flown.


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