TPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 3556 times:
Fooling around with one of my flight trackers..I noticed that it lists two BA flights from TPA to LGW today...the usual
2166..and a flight 61..seperate departure and arrival times. AFAIK, TPA gets one LGW flight a day, six days a week.
Anyone know what's up??
Rivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 818 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 3531 times:
There's no such flight on the Gatwick arrivals page, and indeed if I take a look at FlightStats, it has the following message against "BA 61"...:
"We have reason to believe that this flight is not operational on this day. This usually means that we have an old schedule in our system."
So, I'd take it as being an error, as in any case that is not a regular LGW flight number. I do see quite a few ghost flights on tracker systems, they are not infallible, although it makes me wonder where they get their data from!
BAW076 From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2006, 750 posts, RR: 28 Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2789 times:
Quoting DFW13L (Reply 7): I had to figure out the same thing with my recent ORD LHR flight. BA 296 uses callsign Speedbird 24 Romeo. And if I put BAW296 in flightaware, it comes up with an old YUL flight.
Many callsigns for many flights on many airlines dont actually use the flight numbers.
BA (including Shuttle), BD, LH, EI, OS spring to mind, but I am sure there are many more that use this format.
Which prompts me to ask the inevitable question - presumably a given BA flight number has a specific call-sign, in which case what is the relationship between the two? Is there a defined list of the two together?
Adding to the list, I've noticed OK doing the same thing recently, and AF seem to use a mixture (eg. AF2170 becomes "AF217B", but AF2370 becomes "AF370E"...).