TripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1134 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2874 times:
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It depends on the airline (number of destination being the most probable reference). OU for one has certain flight numbers reserved for certain destinations. 6xx are domestic flights, 4xx are international. One example would be ZAG - CDG, which is always flight number 470 on ZAG - CDG, and 471 on CDG - ZAG. 660 is ZAG - DBV, 661 DBV - ZAG.
The return flight, if it's domestic, is +1 for the flight back to ZAG (OU base), or if it is international +1 for the flight back to Croatia.
HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2586 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2856 times:
At America West, it is related to city pairs. For example Las Vegas and Ft. Lauderdale is city pair #88, so the flights are 880, 881, 882 etc. Las Vegas to Detroit is city pair #9, and the flights are 96, 98 etc. Phoenix to Detroit is city pair #23, so the flights are 230, 234, 239 and so on. As a general rule the higher the last digit, the later in the day it operates. Of course there are some exceptions - some city pairs have only one round trip per day, so instead of wasting the rest of the available numbers, the are assigned to city pairs that may have more than ten flights a day between them.
All this will change somewhat when the merger with USAirways is completed and there is just one airline operating certificate to fly under. Then all the numbers and city pairs will have to change.
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SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 67
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2834 times:
At some US air carriers the flights with four digit numbers up in the 6000-8000 range may be operated by their "Express" in small planes. Other blocks up above or just below that range may be maintenance test flights, ferry flights, charters, training flights etc.
I've heard of odd numbers for west and southbound and even for north and eastbound or something like that.
You might get more knowledgable (on a business-related topic) people quicker over in Civil Av forum.
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Kevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
Quoting BuckFifty (Reply 4): Some of the flight numbers at my airline correspond with cities which have large expatriate Chinese populations
The Chinese are very superstitious about numerology. They have "lucky" and "unlucky" numbers. I would suspect this plays in to the mix.
The city of Monterey Park, CA. has a very high Chinese population and the Post Office is continually receiving requests for address change due to unlucky numbers.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31716 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2723 times:
Out here.The Now closed down East West Airlines operated their First Aircraft under 4S 786,Since 786 is considered Holy by the Muslims.East West was owned by Muslim Family.They also placed a Metal embossed frame in the Cockpit of each Aircraft.Which was supposed to Avoid crashes.