nema
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Britannia Ghost Flight

Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:14 pm

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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RE: Britannia Ghost Flight

Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:18 pm

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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RE: Britannia Ghost Flight

Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:28 pm

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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nema
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RE: Britannia Ghost Flight

Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:28 am

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
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ICAO Code: BAL
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RE: Britannia Ghost Flight

Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:39 pm

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

Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:50 pm

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.
 
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RE: Britannia Ghost Flight

Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:42 pm

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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