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Airlines Giving You The Plane's Reg# At Booking?  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 4096 posts, RR: 50
Posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2584 times:

After frequent flying for years and years with all sorts of different airlines on different continents, I've experienced something today that I've never seen before. I booked a flight from Stuttgart to Bucharest on Romania's Blue Air and after booking on the confirmation page they didn't only list the route, date and times, but also a reg number: "YR-BAF" so I looked it up and it is indeed a Blue Air 737-300.

Why would they do this? How sure can an airline be of their operations in 2 months that they already know the reg?

Has anybody ever seen something like this?


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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 6063 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
How sure can an airline be of their operations in 2 months that they already know the reg?

Unless they only have one example of a certain type, I don't know how they can with any degree of certainty.

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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2337 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

Hi Birdwatching,

As soon as I read the title I knew who you were referring to. Unfortunately, I have some bad news: they change it around quite a bit and you'll probably end up on another aircraft. I was supposed to fly on YR-DAA according to the confirmation and I ended up on YR-DAC.

OTOH, they might give you another reg# at check-in (I forget if they do... they might) and that one should be right. Anyway, they do this not for the customer, but for themselves. It's something about their system and the fact that they have many different configurations, so saying 737-300 wouldn't really cut it.

User currently offlinenws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

I can't imagine any airline is able to pinpoint the reg number that far out. I know at CO we give our internal ship number on the mobile website, but only on the day of travel.

User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1920 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

Quoting nws2002 (Reply 3):
but only on the day of travel.

No, you give it two days ahead. It does change quite often, thoigh.

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User currently offlinem404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2258 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 1684 times:
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It might be interesting to see if the reg was for the flight that operated the day the flight was booked.

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User currently offlineZKCIF From Lithuania, joined Oct 2010, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 1651 times:

you may get the reg if you fly Aircalin (provided that your flight is on A320)

User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 2041 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 1630 times:

That's odd...there's no way to tell which exact reg will be!! The airlines always change the aircraft until the last minutes. It depends on how good it is and whether it's safe to fly or not.

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