chrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4197 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3335 times:
I was on Delta Flight 1680 last Tuesday, a 767-300 from Atlanta to San Francisco. I noticed that Flight 1680 is the exact same flight number used on the return of this plane back to Atlanta. That seems like a curiosity; is it rare?
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8922 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3332 times:
It's become more common at mainline Delta of late - the regionals have been doing this for some time, but it's really expanded to the mainline numbering lately - I've had quite a few flights that have the same number on a turn.
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7008 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3169 times:
Quoting chrisnh (Thread starter): I was on Delta Flight 1680 last Tuesday, a 767-300 from Atlanta to San Francisco. I noticed that Flight 1680 is the exact same flight number used on the return of this plane back to Atlanta. That seems like a curiosity; is it rare?
There are a ton of them across the system now. Just a handful from MSP alone.. DL1732 MSP-ORD-MSP, DL 2105 MSP-SFO-MSP, DL 2322 MSP-MIA-MSP, DL 1020 MSP-RSW-MSP, DL 1712 MSP-TPA-MSP.
SMPPLNOHoW2FLY From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
Im finding it more rare to find different flight numbers operating on the turn. It's created somewhat of a headache for nonreving because it would not let me check in online until the arriving flight shows in. Anyone else seen this problem?
srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2436 times:
There's at least one ATL-LAS-ATL flight that retains the same number:
In some respects, it does make sense, and is not much different than a flight number for an international flight being used on a domestic tag-on leg. I know that it used to be easy to decipher flight numbers, as airlines would assign certain flight numbers to their various regional carriers, but with airlines like Delta having so many different Delta Connection carriers than they had previously, those have been changed even further. I remember when EV's flight numbers were all 4XXX, OH exclusively used 5XXX, and I can't recall, but didn't OO exclusively use 6XXX? This was well over a decade ago. I know that these days, flight numbers that were previously associated with one DL Connection carrier are now among the range assigned to another DL Connection carriers.
As previously noted, codesharing has contributed to this as well. Initially as part of an airline operating as a regional feeder for an airline and later as codeshare deals and eventually alliances took hold.