|Quoting ContinentalEWR (Reply 1):|
I guess they are borrowing a page from TWA's history. TWA's flights to Europe and the Middle East all featured 7XX, 8XX, or 9XX flight numbers.
|Quoting D L X (Reply 2):|
|Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5):|
Come on. Who cares how US numbers their flights?
I'm sure they're not "pulling" from any other airline in the past.
It's just how they number flights.
|Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 6):|
US 1-699 are old HP flight routes (chosen because HP had fewer flights at the time and it was just easier to restructure the numbering system that way).
|Quoting A330323X (Reply 7):|
Please explain, specifically, how it was "easier" this way.
|Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 8):|
HP never had a flight number higher than about 930
|Quoting ScottB (Reply 9):|
Bzzzzt. When HP and CO were codesharing back before 2002, most of HP's flight numbers were above 2000, since the HP flight number and the CO codeshare flight number would be identical in that case.