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Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sat Apr 02, 2005 5:56 pm

Yeah this is random... but think about it. I know IAD-LHR-IAD on BA 216/217 have been on for yearrrrs.... Also EZE-MIA AA908 , MIA-DCA 684 for at least 7 years.... anyone know what airline ROUTE and Flight number that havent changed in the longest time?

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tpaewr
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sat Apr 02, 2005 6:05 pm

CO never changes their long haul Int'l number. I think the LGW numbers have been the same since the 80s. Some like CO34/35 used to be DEN-LGW, and was moved to IAH, but retained the number.

One that was changed was GUM-MNL which was CO911/912 prior to 2001


I believe UA still uses PA numbers which I am sure beats the above.


On a sidenote this summer CO has more than run out of two digit numbers, with a host of Europeans flights seeing 10"X" numbers. Also note CO 52/53 IAH-EWR, I can only think this will be the first leg of IAH-EWR-LOS at some point?
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sat Apr 02, 2005 6:14 pm

i think here in NCL the longest is BA1333, been at least 10 years tht i know of,
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:54 pm

SAS used SK 911/912 for the inaugural flight to Idlewild (now JFK) in 1946.This flight number was still in use until a few weeks after 9-11 2001 when it was changed to SK 909/910.Now that's some 56 years!
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:32 pm

Don't have any hard data but..
Qantas QF1/2 pair have been around for a long time!!!

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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:42 pm

VS has been using 1/2 between EWR and LGW/LHR since it's inception in 1984.
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:47 pm

LH400 fra-jfk must be very old too!
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 12:55 am

FBU4EVER seems to have the oldest so far; I know EI 105/4 has been used by Irish International/Aer Lingus since the late 1950s.

KLM's flight numbers have been much the same for decades as well; it would be interesting to find out the numbers they've used to Batavia (Jakarta) from the 1920s; if they haven't changed, KLM probably has the record.
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:42 am

I am pretty sure that WN 1/2, at least, have run almost since day one....at least since I started tracking in the mid 90's (96, I think, is the oldest "current" schedule I have) and I am almost sure, without having my "historical" '79 and '83 timetables in front of me, that 1/2 DAL-HOU-DAL operated even then...

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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:45 am

From what I remember the longest run domestic # is AA flight 1 NYC-LAX.

The #1 international number is LH 400, FRA-NYC.

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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:53 am

Didn't UA maintain PA's 800-series flight numbers to the Pacific? I believe the LAX-SYD route retains the 800/801 numbers.
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 4:09 am

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think 800/801 was HKG-NRT-JFK at some point last decade.
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 4:40 am

Quoting B-HOP (Reply 11):
Correct me if I am wrong, but I think 800/801 was HKG-NRT-JFK at some point last decade.

Currently it is as follows

800: SEL-NRT-JFK
801: JFK-NRT-SEL

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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 6:44 am

On the CO stuff..

IAH-LGW-IAH has been CO4/34/5/35 since the early 80s when they were flying the route with DC10s. I collected OnePass (then TravelBank) miles on those flights 20 years ago.

The AirMike Island hopper CO956/957 between GUM and HNL has been running the same flight numbers since the route inception in 1968.
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 6:52 am

StealthZ - QF005/006 Australia (either MEL or SYD, it changed a few times) - BKK/SIN/BOM - FRA is also around for quite some years now. I can remember having flown on QF005/006 in 1993. The routing was CDG-FRA-BKK-SIN-SYD.

Swissair used the same numbers for their ZRH-JFK flight for years. It was SR100/101, operated by DC-10, 742, 743 and in the end MD-11. Nowadays this is LX16/17 with Swiss. GVA-JFK used to be SR110/111 until the Halifax accident. After that it was SR138/139.

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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 7:30 am

What about Japan Airlines. #1 Tokyo to San Francisco? Anybody know when that started? They've been flying the route for decades.
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 10:39 am

AF 007 has been a JFK-CDG flight since it was Idlewild to Le Bourget, I believe.

OK..maybe Orly.
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:51 pm

Quoting Tpaewr (Reply 1):
I can only think this will be the first leg of IAH-EWR-LOS at some point?

LOS isn't going to happen; friends of mine in scheduling and marketing say it's off the table; DEL is going to happen later this year instead.
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:29 pm

UA881 and U883 have always been ORD-NRT since I was alive...so 17 years. I'm not sure they got those in the PA deal, the route authority might have been moved to ORD from another airport I suppose.
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:32 pm

Correct me if I am wrong, but I belive NW flight #1 has been operting since the 1950's.
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Sun Apr 03, 2005 10:24 pm

Well, AV003 BAQ-MIA has operated since the 30s.
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Mon Apr 04, 2005 1:17 am

I remember TG using TG314 for their CCU-BKK service since as long as I can remember (at least from the early 70s). At least that number is close to 30yrs now.

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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Mon Apr 04, 2005 6:35 am

MEA of Lebanon has been very faithful to its flight numbers...

Since 1956, almost 50 years now, ME 201 has been BEY-LHR and ME 211 BEY-ORY then BEY-CDG.

Also, the first digit has stayed the same since the early 50's, 2xx for Europe, 3xx for Africa, 4xx for the Gulf and Asia
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Mon Apr 04, 2005 6:50 am

Can't find the other thread on this offhand-- but nobody found anything to beat AA flights 2, 3 and 4. Flight 1 was probably dropped for a couple months in 1959, but far as I can see flight 2 (and maybe 3 and 4) has been nonstop LAX-IDL/JFK since 1954 (or probably 1953).

"SAS used SK 911/912 for the inaugural flight to Idlewild (now JFK) in 1946.This flight number was still in use until a few weeks after 9-11 2001 when it was changed to SK 909/910."

But SAS had already dropped JFK by then, hadn't they?
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:15 am

AA1 JFKLAX Since the 70's
AA2 LAXJFK Since the 70's
AA16 SFOJFK Since the 70's

I think AA3 has also been around forever
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:35 am

BA 1/2 with the concorde must be very old
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:16 am

LOS isn't going to happen; friends of mine in scheduling and marketing say it's off the table; DEL is going to happen later this year instead.

How do you get around or Over those Himalayas for a non stop from EWR ????
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:55 am

"SAS used SK 911/912 for the inaugural flight to Idlewild (now JFK) in 1946.This flight number was still in use until a few weeks after 9-11 2001..."

SK 911/912 moved to EWR by 1991.
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:18 am

LH 421 has to be up there FRA-BOS as its been operating over 40 years as the following press release will atest.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050404/nym207.html?.v=4
 
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RE: Longest Continuously Operating Flight Number....

Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:03 am

Air France AF001 and AF002 from CDG to JFK and back have been identical for quite a while.

I would also think that most national or flag carriers over the pond have had some flight numbers that have been there for a while: United's "900 series" flights to Europe.

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