Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1518 times:
Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1): There really isnt a way to tell. Airlines dont publish it and the scheduled aircraft can change on a dime. Many times there isnt a scheduled plane until a couple days before.
Or even a couple of hours before. Stuff happens and a/c end up being swapped. An a/c may come in needing some minor maintenance work performed on it, thereby putting it out of service. There may be another a/c that isn't scheduled to go out until later that can be swapped out, as the estimated time for the a/c being worked on would allow it to be used on that later departure. Or the inbound a/c may be significantly delayed at its' departure airport due to weather, ATC issues, crew issues, maintenance delay, and that delay is enough where they could easily swap the operating a/c. In some cases, they have to send the flight out on time due to curfew or slot restrictions.
CO has started to list the a/c number online, but even then, that's still not a 100% guarantee. Just as your departure gate may move the day of the flight.
330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 504 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
Right, but if CO #210 goes tech 1 hour before, it can be swapped to whatever aircraft available. I think you can only know the reg once it takes off.
I was on a flight BRU-SZG years ago, boarded and waiting for departure when a baggage car slipped and bounced into the landing gear. We all had to deboard and were put on another one. So before take off, anything can happen.
Britten Norman Islander VP-FBR on Falkland Islands. THAT'S FLYING!