Kbuf737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2496 times:
Upon reading the how do airlines assign their flights thread I was wondering if airlines have special flight numbers..
for example numerous of the flights to PHL from different Carriers are 1776. CO has 1492 to CMH and 500 to IND. Jet Blue 1 is BUF-JFK which was their first flight ever.
are there others you know of?
EZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2470 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2362 times:
Dont know if it counts but back in September at Duxford, UK, a South African Airways 747-400 (ZS-SAK) did a superb display to mark the 100th anniversary of flight and operated under the special flight number of 'Springbok 100'
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3046 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
Lots of 711s to LAS, 1776s to PHL, and 1492s to CMH. Also a disproportionate number of 8s (in various configurations) in and out of HKG. Check the recent thread about "flight 1" for various airline's flight 1s. Some airlines assign certain series of numbers to certain geographical regions, others are just random. It used to be more common for flight numbers to reflect equipment (e.g., 600-699 is a DC-9, 700-799 is a DC-10, etc.), but I don't see that much anymore other than mainline jets are usually lower numbers than RJs and props.
Zonks From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2152 times:
Just to expand on what FoxBravo said about the eights to HKG, the number eight in Chinese (both Mandarin & Cantonese) rhymes with the word for "rich" or "to become prosperous". The Chinese are rather superstitious anyway, so you can imagine that the number eight is quite popular.