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What's The Deal With Flight 181?

Fri Dec 01, 2000 3:09 am

I was just checking flights out of BOS and noticed that both UA and AA have a Flight 181 leaving BOS for LAX, both at precisely 11:00 AM. Both are operated by 757s. Is there something special about this 181 number, or is it just a coincidence that both airlines have flights leaving at the same time from the same airport to the same destination with the same flight number? I would imagine it might be confusing for ATC and the pilots -- you'd have to listen very closely to the callsign to make sure you're not getting the OTHER Flight 181's orders.
 
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RE: What's The Deal With Flight 181?

Fri Dec 01, 2000 6:24 am

There is nothing mystical that these two flights happen to both be numbered 181. It is just a coincidence. In fact UA's 181 has bounced around as different destinations like MCO-LAX, BOS-SFO and BOS-LAX at 11:00 and at 17:45. On the other hand, AA's 181 has been BOS-LAX for years now. You are right, however, it most likely is a problem with ATC and should be corrected on UA's end.