I've heard "Speedbird two-three foxtrot heavy" several times, I just wondered if anyone knows what this call-sign refers to?
As far as I can make out, BA doesn't fly freighter service to JFK (normally signified by the 'F' in the flight number). BA23F does show-up on this site - http://www.panynj.gov/aviation/fidsframe_jfk.html as a scheduled 1830hrs departure from JFK to LHR. However, the passenger flight with a 1830hrs departure time is BA112!
LHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6936 times:
Good information, thank you. So as far as I can make out, it's BA112, the regularly scheduled 1830hrs departure, that operates as "Speedbird two-three-foxtrot Heavy" instead of Speedbird one-one-two heavy".
There is Aer Lingus 112, Aerosvit 132, American 122, Delta 112 and Air India 112 that all depart around the same time, so the use of 23F makes sense to avoid confusion, in this instance.
RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3945 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6608 times:
Yes, they're increasing all the time and becoming rather common nowadays. Alitalia has a few alpha-numerics across the Pond as well, namely AZA63M, AZA63R and another one which is really bizarre - it's something like AZA7P9!
Baw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2026 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5057 times:
Our AZ625 SFO-MXP was often ATC coded as AZA62F. Reason given was less ATC confusion...as stated often above. This is not an uncommon event; a lot of UA flights had a special 8000 series ATC code (for which reason I don't know why...just heard it on ch 9). Haven't flown UA for awhile now so don't know if they still do this.
David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998