dcaord
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What Plane Will I Be On?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:47 am

I know this has been asked before, but as far as I could find, not since 2004. Is there any resource out there (or trick) that helps one figure out exactly what plane (in terms of reg. #) they'll be on prior to showing up at the airport and looking out the window? Much appreciated.
 
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RE: What Plane Will I Be On?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:57 am

On FlightAware you can track the inbound flight. Take the inbound flight number from there and enter it into FlightRadar24 and it should give you the reg there. Unfortunately I haven't found anything to find the reg more than 12 hours in advance.
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RE: What Plane Will I Be On?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:01 am

I know that the Flight Radar 24 App gives you the registration prior to boarding.

Technically you can't know in advanced because not even the airline will know what exact registration of the aircraft you'll be on.


Try this?
http://tinyurl.com/4w57r7z

Good Luck!

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RE: What Plane Will I Be On?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:04 am

Quoting Miami (Reply 2):
Try this?
http://tinyurl.com/4w57r7z

The tail numbers this site is giving are weird. Things like, N3EKAA. That's not a real reg. #....
 
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RE: What Plane Will I Be On?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:16 am

Quoting dcaord (Reply 3):
The tail numbers this site is giving are weird. Things like, N3EKAA. That's not a real reg. #....

I could've figured. That site has been having problems. Sorry about that..

May I ask what's your departure and arrival airport and what airline? I'll try to help you out.

Thanks.

Again, good luck!  

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RE: What Plane Will I Be On?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:34 am

Quoting Miami (Reply 2):
Technically you can't know in advanced because not even the airline will know what exact registration of the aircraft you'll be on.

As Miami pointed out, aircraft assignment is not done very far in advance. It is usually done 2 to 3 days out (for some airlines it's even less). And even after that, swaps/changes can be done up to the minute before you step on board (and occasionally after, if they determine there's something wrong with the aircraft while boarding). So the only way to be 100% sure is to check the aircraft when you get to the airport.
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RE: What Plane Will I Be On?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:03 am

If you're on United, you can get the aircraft info on their app and match it to the United Fleet website (not affiliated with UA).

When you do a flight status search (48 hours prior to departure), you can see what the aircraft type and fleet number is on the status page itself. For example, it has a picture of the aircraft, and above it, it will say "Airbus 320 | #4629". Then you can go to the United Fleet page (just do a Google search for United Fleet), look on the A320 spreadsheet under United Mainline Fleet, find #4629, and it will tell you that the aircraft's registration is N429UA. It will also tell you if the aircraft has winglets, ETOPS, what the configuration is, what IFE system it carries, if it has Channel 9, if it has power outlets, which paint scheme it has (although that's about three aircraft away from being irrelevant), and so on.

There is a way to cheat the system to effectively let you view the flight status 72 hours in advance. Close the app, change the time setting on your device to a time zone in Asia, then relaunch the app.

That's about as much as you can do on UA, which is more comprehensive than what is publicly available for most airlines. Equipment frequently changes, so that's why it's generally only available and somewhat reliable 48 hours in advance (or technically 72 if you cheat).

Hope that helps!
 
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RE: What Plane Will I Be On?

Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:22 am

Quoting dcaord (Reply 3):
The tail numbers this site is giving are weird. Things like, N3EKAA. That's not a real reg. #....

That is just the airline code for that plane. Go to planespotters.net and find out what plane it was. N3EKAA is actually N810AA. http://www.planespotters.net/Product...1&manufacturer=Boeing&type=737&p=2
 
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RE: What Plane Will I Be On?

Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:02 am

I wish there was a historical database for flights to the USA from Canada that would give the registration of an aircraft. I have always wanted to know the reg. of the Canadian 737-200 I was on back in August 2001. Help anyone please?  

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