What's commonly done, although not necessarily at every airline, is that the aircraft gets ferried out to the aircraft's -2nd- scheduled destination for the following day. For example, take a flight that's supposed to fly into FLL
and spend the night. In the morning, the aircraft is supposed to go FLL
on the first flight of its day. When you get into FLL
that night, you turn around and ferry to BNA
that night. In the morning, the aircraft is still on its scheduled routing, just starting from BNA
instead of FLL
, and can fly the rest of its schedule (except for the FLL
portion, which got cancelled).
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