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DL 1680: Same Flight Number East And West?  
User currently offlinechrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4116 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3097 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?

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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3094 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.

User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

CO/UA are doing it as well, particularly on the HUB to outstation turns back to the HUB.


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User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

Thanks to mergers and massive codesharing, the major airlines are running out of 4-digit flight numbers and use this as a method to preserve numbers.

User currently offlinecschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

I've seen it on DL ATL - FLL flights.

User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2091 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

KLM flies its AMS - JRO - DAR triangle under one flight number.


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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2931 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.



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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

UL too flies a couple of routes with the same flight number. But only on triangular routes. UL316 CMB-SIN-KUL-CMB and UL571 CMB-MXP-FCO-CMB.


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User currently offlineSMPPLNOHoW2FLY From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2303 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?


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User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10428 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

We used to call them "round-robin" flights..........I think we had a few in SLC......SLC-JAC and SLC-IDA come to mind......I remember we had one at ORD in the 70s that was ORD-GSO-RDU-ORD.


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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

There's at least one ATL-LAS-ATL flight that retains the same number:

DAL2203


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.


User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10428 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 10):
I know that it used to be easy to decipher flight numbers,

North-south, east-west used to have a specific pattern of flight numbers, but I think that started to get phased out as DL got larger......just no way to make it workable, any more.



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