Monocleman From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 555 times:
I'm pretty sure it's the company's decision. Right after the TWA 800 crash, the JFK-ORY(?) route was renamed. Same planes (except for the crashed one, obvviously), same gates, same flight plan, but it had a different name. Hearing you've departed somewhere on what was a doomed flight can be a little uneasy.