huxrules From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 113 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2239 times:
Guys- A few weeks ago I was leaving through AUS and noticed that there was a CO flight 34 with service to LHR. Of course I knew that it was going to stop in IAH to switch to something larger than 737. Does anyone know when CO started this flight (and why)? It seems strange to me that they would make a flight number that goes straight to LHR from AUS - or is this common. I also see that there is a CO 35 that goes LHR to AUS. I flew a good number of times on AUS-IAH-LHR so I like to think that it was my flying habits that made them make their own flight number - ha!
FlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
Quoting huxrules (Thread starter): It seems strange to me that they would make a flight number that goes straight to LHR from AUS - or is this common.
It's quite common among the airlines, especially on int'l routes and has been the subject of some debate here on Airliners.net over the last few months in multiple threads. Many users, like me, believe it's a scam to call such flights "Direct" since it's no different than a regular connection in a hub. Other users defend the practice saying its how the airlines get their flights to appear higher-up in ticket search engines because supposedly a "Direct" flight is more convenient than a standard connection (no one has been able to convince me that a "Direct" flight through a hub is any more convenient than your flight from AAA to BBB being on one flight number and your flight from BBB to CCC being on another number).
ukoverlander From United Kingdom, joined May 2010, 341 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1861 times:
I was on a 'direct' United flight a few years ago that originated in Denver with final destination in Hawaii that interim stopped in San Francisco (but carried the same flight number through to Hawaii). I was only booked on the SF leg. The strange thing was the DEN-SFO was quite late and passengers going through to Hawaii were going to miss the ongoing flight out of SF.
This seemed very strange to me and there were some very angry passengers who didn't think it was possible for this to happen (they didn't realize there was a change of equipment in SFO). In the end I don't know if they made the connection or not but I thought it hard on the passengers who booked a 'direct' flight that left open the possibility that the second sector might leave without the originating passengers (albeit coming in on another aircraft).
It raises another question though - can you have two flights with the same flight number in the air at the same time in US airspace? That seemed strange to me too.
Soxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 859 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1801 times:
Quoting ukoverlander (Reply 5): It raises another question though - can you have two flights with the same flight number in the air at the same time in US airspace?
I believe so--they assign a letter to the first flight that's in the air (e.g., flight 258A traveling from SLC-JFK runs late, so the connecting flight JFK-MAD (hypothetical), on a different aircraft, would retain the original flight number (258).
Pilot: "Request push, which way should we face?" JFK Ground: "You better face the front, sir, or you'll scare the pax!"