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How Far In Adv. Do Airlines Know The Ship Numbers?

Sat May 25, 2013 11:44 am

I am wondering how far in advance does a carrier really know what the exact ship number will be for a specific flight? Last minute substitutions, and MX issues set aside. I know this would depend if a carrier has only one single 777,

I'm aware one would know what the ship number will be, but for carriers like EK, AA/US, JL, LH, BA, or even AS (738) or HA, when is it set? I am unfamiliar with the process that even decides such things, so feel free to explain anything you know as fact, that could help explain how different carriers make this decision.
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RE: How Far In Adv. Do Airlines Know The Ship Numbers?

Sat May 25, 2013 11:52 am

SWA typically plans three days out for routing aircraft into mx bases.
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RE: How Far In Adv. Do Airlines Know The Ship Numbers?

Sat May 25, 2013 1:35 pm

DL looks out three days also. I bet for most airlines this is normal. For us I think it is Mtc Demand Planning that makes the calls. Marketing sets the routes for type and capacity and MDP fills in the ship numbers.

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