Erj170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6626 posts, RR: 19 Posted (4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2889 times:
From my understanding, most airlines use their Flight 1 as their flagship flight. Delta 1 is JFK-LHR And American 1 is JFK-LAX... so why did United change their flight 1 to RDU-SFO? Do they not go by the flagship standard or is that outdated.
One more question i always wondered is why don't airlines do XXX-RDU as flight 919? I mean, that is the area code..
flyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1005 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
Quoting nickofatlanta (Reply 6): I suspect that London likely has the highest number of flight number ones serving it. I know MH, NZ, BA (serving LCY) as well as DL as noted above all serve London with their flight number one.
Add EK and QR to that list.
EK001 is DXB-LHR, QR001 is DOH-LHR.
Interestingly, EY001 is AUH-FRA.
Oh, and SQ001 remains SFO-HKG-SIN.
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Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21491 posts, RR: 24 Reply 20, posted (4 months 22 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
Quoting ytz (Reply 13): Air Canada 1 is quite the random: YYZ-NRT.
As with a few of AC's other transpacific flight numbers, they inherited it from CP and didn't change it.
Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 15): Plus all AC Eastbound flights are even-numbered.
Many airlines, especially those based in North America, have long used use the "eastbound even, westbound odd" flight numbering convention.
DL has a couple of exceptions. When they purchased UA's New York-London rights (but initially had to operate to LGW due to the bilateral before the US-EU Open Skies agreement was implemented in 2008 and permitted them to move to LHR), their inaugural JFK-LGW flight was DL1 as they obviously wanted to use that number for the US-originating flight. When they added a second daily frequency on the route it became DL3.
I think DL1 and DL3 are thus DL's only eastbound flights with odd numbers, and DL2 and DL4 the only westbound flights with even numbers.
Several European carriers use even numbers from their hubs (regardless of direction) and odd numbers to their hubs.