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Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:19 am

Always wondered, Southwest has a huge range of flight numbers, from two digit to like 48 all the way up to 5900s.

Is there a pattern or sequence behind the numbers huge variation?
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ctrabs0114
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Re: Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:30 am

The only ones that I can pick up on are how some low flight numbers (roughly the range of WN1 through WN30-WN40 - give or take a few numbers) are assigned to flights which operate "Herb's Original Triangle" (DAL-HOU, DAL-SAT, HOU-SAT), but could be attached to other segments (WN1 is the first weekday morning DAL-HOU flight, but WN2 is a weekday evening rotation which works HOU-DAL-MCI-PHX). Other than that, I don't see much of a rhyme or reason for scheduled flights.
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Re: Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:29 pm

I believe some of the 4XXX and 6XXX may be weekend only flights?
 
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Re: Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:02 pm

I have always wondered about this! With the way Southwest numbers many their flights you'd almost expect to board a Saab 340 turboprop :lol:
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Re: Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:07 pm

Here’s one thing WestJet still has in common with Southwest, WS’ flight numbering scheme also doesn’t make much sense. Although, apart from AC, none of the major North American carriers have a really consistent numbering scheme apart from Express carriers being > 4000 in most instances.
 
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Re: Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:36 pm

ctrabs0114 wrote:
The only ones that I can pick up on are how some low flight numbers (roughly the range of WN1 through WN30-WN40 - give or take a few numbers) are assigned to flights which operate "Herb's Original Triangle" (DAL-HOU, DAL-SAT, HOU-SAT), but could be attached to other segments (WN1 is the first weekday morning DAL-HOU flight, but WN2 is a weekday evening rotation which works HOU-DAL-MCI-PHX). Other than that, I don't see much of a rhyme or reason for scheduled flights.


midway7 wrote:
I believe some of the 4XXX and 6XXX may be weekend only flights?


Nope. Anything below 7000 is in the general population. The low numbers are still used for the HOU-DAL flights, but occasionally get used for one-off holiday or schedule change flights.
 
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Re: Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:57 am

WN uses some of the odd numbers in the 1-63 range on DAL-HOU nonstops and some of the even numbers in the 2-64 range on HOU-DAL nonstops.

WN had also previously used WN 1492 on one of its MDW-CMH nonstops, even though WN currently uses flight number 1492 on PHX-MCO and MCO-HOU nonstop service.
 
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Re: Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:18 pm

SWA 1 is always "crew of the month"!!! :rotfl: :bigthumbsup:
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Re: Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:51 am

I thought there was some fun ones at some point, like a 777 flight number to Vegas. They are using 808 on OAK-HNL, the area code of Hawaii.
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Re: Is there meaning behind WN Flight Numbers?

Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:34 am

737max8 wrote:
They are using 808 on OAK-HNL, the area code of Hawaii.


WN also operates WN 410 (the area code where BWI Airport is located) on one of its CLT-BWI nonstop flights.

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