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Britannia Ghost Flight  
User currently offlinenema From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 707 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9084 times:

Just looking for a friends flight on http://planefinder.net/ and up popped a supposed Britannia Flight over Pula.

It actually was flight number BAL526, it said Britannia Airways oddly but in typing the flight number into Google it comes up as Belle Air Europe 526 from PRN (Pristina) to VCE (Venezia Tessera). Aircraft Reg No. EL LIR

I wonder what planefinder is doing having a defunct airline in its indexes?


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User currently offlineBritishB747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9057 times:

Ive had a similar experience. It wasnt with plane finder it was through flight stats. It listed the BA shuttle flight from LGW-EDI as being operated by a B737-300 of Air Zambezi. It turned out it was a B737-300 of Titan Airways. As far as I know Air Zambezi went bust about a decade ago.


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User currently offlinetom355uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 336 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8997 times:

It's because the previously assigned IATA or ICAO code has been reused.

Titan's codes are ZT and ZAP -

ZT used to be the code for Air Zambezi, so if they are using an old IATA database then it will show as operated by that. I saw this once on the Titan Airways (on behalf of RAF) flight to MPN via Ascension. Air Zambezi Flight XXXX, I thought 'Not another change of wet lease!!'



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User currently offlinenema From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8009 times:

Quoting tom355uk (Reply 2):
It's because the previously assigned IATA or ICAO code has been reused.

Arghh, thats it! Thanks Tom, it all makes sense now.


Britannia Airways
IATA Code: BY
ICAO Code: BAL



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User currently offlineplanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 815 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

BY is still used by TOM as it's IATA code, you will see it used on the baggage tags.

User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3073 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Quoting tom355uk (Reply 2):
Titan's codes are ZT and ZAP -

ICAO code was, and remains AWC. Callsign is "Zap", no I have no idea either.


User currently offlinetom355uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 336 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 5):

Argh! Of course it is. Looked at the wrong column in the chart.

Zap is a pretty pony call sign. Not as evocative as 'Speedbird', 'Jetset' or my personal favourite, 'Ascot'.



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