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UAL Flt #3.....ORD To......ORD?  
User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3848 times:

Yesterday at work, I booked a honeymoon couple from Detroit to Maui in June on Funjet vacations. Funjet has contracted fares with United, and always offers a good price. I booked the morning flight from DTW to ORD and then booked the connecting flight....UAL Flt 3 from ORD nonstop to Kahului, Maui (B777). After booking their hotel and rental car, the return flight selections came up. I was quite surprised to see that the return flight from OGG to ORD was....UAL Flt 3...one stop. I thought that there might be a error in the system, so I went to SABRE and brought up the intinerary for UAL 3.....ORD-Kahului-Kona-ORD. I am assuming that it is the same aircraft for the entire trip.

I'm wondering if anyone knows of other current flights that leave a certain airport, stop at one or more destinations, then return to the origin airports while retaining the same flight number for the entire flight. I think it happened on occasion years ago (PanAm's round the world Flt #1 started and ended at JFK), but it has been some time since I have seen this. Thanks.

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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4139 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3795 times:

UA1 & 2 were ATW for a bit, but now they are ORD-HNL again.

BTW, if anyone's wondering, UA4 is LAX-JFK.

[Edited 2005-03-01 16:08:23]

User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

These are triangle flights, and some airlines use the same number whilst others use double number on the "in-between" legs.

So it's either:


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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6170 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

Many regional airlines go the same route -- especially since they may have multiple legs per roundtrip.

America West does it kind of the same, but it doesn't end at the same airport. For exampe, I've seen flight go DFW-PHX-LAS-JFK, all with the same flight number.

[Edited 2005-03-01 18:14:12]

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User currently offlineRaybolt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

I think it was on the departure moniters in LAX that a lot of the OO flights had departures and arrivals of LAX. It's kinda funny to see on the screen (even more so for the passengers on those flights i susspect). Like was said above, it's just easier to use the same flight number for triangle routes.

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User currently offlineIberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3486 times:

Delta does the same with their flight from JFK to BCN. DL 090 goes JFK-BCN-MAD-JFK. Same flight number throughout.

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User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3461 times:

This is also done with KLM's AMS-JRO-DAR-AMS flight, I book this flight at least once a week, and it seems that it is the same flight number to and from AMS.

Next Flights: PDX-HNL-OGG-LIH-PDX On AS, WP & HA
User currently offlineAlb222 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

You will find more and more with all of the code sharing that there are just not enough numbers to cover all of the flights, hence this has created roundtrip flights using the same flight number.
DL 90, a winter flight is different that it is a circle trip and not a r/t as is the KLM example.
Example: DL 2038--(Song flight) JFK-FLL-JFK

There are many examples of this throughout the airlines.

User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3406 times:

IIRC, NW has a flight with a similar routing SEA/OGG/KOA/SEA.

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