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jamesontheroad
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Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 9:22 am

Later this week my partner will be catching Virgin America #925 from LAX to SFO. Given it departs at 0700 and arrives and 0815, this is clearly the flight of choice for the "nine-to-five" commuter.

Regardless of whether this was intentional or not, are there any other notable flight numbers, on any scheduled airline, which have been chosen because of some non arbitrary meaning?

Thanks!
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 9:33 am

Any airlines flight 69.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 9:52 am

Emirates used EK69 MEL-SIN-DXB from 1996 - 2002 which then became EK405.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 9:58 am

LH #2222 FRA - TLS. Just imagine the announcement "last call for the remaining passengers of Lufthansa flight two two two two to Toulouse..." 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 10:02 am

Quoting lugie (Reply 3):
LH #2222 FRA - TLS. Just imagine the announcement "last call for the remaining passengers of Lufthansa flight two two two two to Toulouse..."

A rare example of a German joke    Doesn't work if you say it in German though
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 10:06 am

What about AY666 to HEL ?
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 10:08 am

Quoting lugie (Reply 3):

LH #2222 FRA - TLS. Just imagine the announcement "last call for the remaining passengers of Lufthansa flight two two two two to Toulouse..." 

As an aside, the former British rail operator ONE had a similar problem with people missing their trains by sixty seconds...

"Platform two for the nine thirty ONE service to Cambridge..." 
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 10:10 am

UA LAS-ORD flight 711 that I took once.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 10:24 am

Well I know that Finnair has a flight AY666 from/to CPH
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 10:40 am

Iron Maiden

"...during which they travelled on their own customised Boeing 757, Ed Force One, which used the call-sign "666"..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Maiden:_Flight_666
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 10:40 am

Any airline have flight 777 to or from LAS?
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 10:50 am

Then the was the classic Aer Lingus flight, EI EIO ....

Domestic I think, DUB - Old Mac Donald's , not sure if Pax service, but a freighter IIRC.

 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 10:56 am

Quoting TUGMASTER (Reply 11):
Then the was the classic Aer Lingus flight, EI EIO ....

Domestic I think, DUB - Old Mac Donald's , not sure if Pax service, but a freighter IIRC.

There was a small private craft with that tail number registry.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 11:04 am

Quoting TUGMASTER (Reply 11):
Then the was the classic Aer Lingus flight, EI EIO ....

Domestic I think, DUB - Old Mac Donald's , not sure if Pax service, but a freighter IIRC.

I'm having difficulty making sense of what you're saying.. Could you elaborate?
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 11:17 am

Quoting chrisnh (Reply 7):
UA LAS-ORD flight 711 that I took once.

SWA711 SAT-LAS-LAX
This flight has operated with the same number since the 80s.

http://www.departedflights.com/WN011286p48.html

[Edited 2015-05-01 04:19:11]
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 11:22 am

Quoting lugie (Reply 3):
LH #2222 FRA - TLS.

That's actually MUC-TLS.  
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 11:29 am

UAL 2 used to be a 747-200 from HNL to ORD. Callsign was "United 2 heavy"

Flight would arrive ORD in the early, early morning hours and we (ATC) would routinely have some fun with the crew.

ATC: "Captain, if you're 2 (too) heavy, how'd you get in the air?"
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 11:30 am

To chime in... EI-EIO refers to "Old McDonald had a farm..."

http://www.abpic.co.uk/images/images/1022616M.jpg

As you can see, not a freighter...

Another a good one, and yes I know it's not an airline flight number...

http://aviationhumor.net/wp-content/...unny_Aircraft_Registrations-08.jpg
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 12:50 pm

I'm booked on B6 1776 from PHL to BOS, in July no less (unfortunately not on July 4th)  
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:08 pm

AY666 to HEL
(CPH-HEL)
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:09 pm

Quoting threeifbyair (Reply 18):
I'm booked on B6 1776 from PHL to BOS, in July no less (unfortunately not on July 4th)  

Northwest 1776 used to be DTW-PHL. I always got a kick out of that.
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:12 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
A rare example of a German joke    Doesn't work if you say it in German though

Not only do we have jokes - we have airport announcements in foreign languages as well.  
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:13 pm

I noticed that B6 BOS-JFK routes have flight #'s 617 and 917 which are the area codes on each end.

A few years ago Delta had more that ine flight with a "69" into SFO, it wasnt every one, but there was like a 269 and a 469
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:16 pm

Quoting jetblastdubai (Reply 16):
UAL 2 used to be a 747-200 from HNL to ORD. Callsign was "United 2 heavy"

A better version is crossing the Atlantic, "Virgin 2 heavy"
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:24 pm

I remember flying NW1492 MSP-CMH a few years back on a DC-9-30. Pilot joked about the flight number on the intercom and the flight was smooth as silk.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:30 pm

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 22):
I noticed that B6 BOS-JFK routes have flight #'s 617 and 917 which are the area codes on each end.

Spirit does that with most (if not all) of their flights. 724 is FLL-LBE and 412 is MYR-LBE. 724/412 are the area codes in Pittsburgh.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:34 pm

Quoting packsonflight (Reply 23):
A better version is crossing the Atlantic, "Virgin 2 heavy"

including the "that why she is a virgin" jokes that cum with it?

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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:35 pm

Quoting doofus (Reply 1):
Any airlines flight 69.

When I flew at a 135 company we could pick our flight number when we made Captain, one guy picked the coveted 69 and has had it for over 15 years now!

Quoting azo (Reply 20):
Northwest 1776 used to be DTW-PHL. I always got a kick out of that.

I remember that one and 1492 for CMH, NW always seemed to have a lot of them.

I've noticed NK has a lot of local area codes for flights to cities.

Lots of LAS flights have 711 or they have 1's, 11's, 8's or 88's in them for good luck.
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:40 pm

Quoting tb727 (Reply 27):
Lots of LAS flights have 711 or they have 1's, 11's, 8's or 88's in them for good luc

I've seen 777 a few times as well.

Quoting tb727 (Reply 27):
I remember that one and 1492 for CMH, NW always seemed to have a lot of them.

I've seen a couple airlines use that one over the years.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 1:49 pm

Not sure if this a "joke" in a sense, but the second Delta 747-400 domestic leg on November 30th was DL744 (IATA) or DAL744 (ICAO), picture taken by me on climb out from ATL, onto MSP;

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8575/15926639815_cea6503a08_c.jpg
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 2:00 pm

I wonder if there's any flight 420s to Denver.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 2:11 pm

Quoting NYPECO (Reply 30):
I wonder if there's any flight 420s to Denver.

UAL 420 is DEN-LGA ... go figure =)
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 2:20 pm

UA415 JFK-SFO (One of SFs area codes is 415)
UA212 LAX-JFK (Manhattans area code is 212)
UA777 LAS-DEN
UA500 IND-SFO (Indianapolis 500)
UA312 EWR-ORD (Chicago's area code is 312)

[Edited 2015-05-01 07:24:19]
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 2:22 pm

I flew out to SBY-CLT-IND about a month ago and on the CLT-IND leg I flew US4669. "For Sex Sixty Nine."
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 2:28 pm

Spirit has a lot of flight numbers that are either thr departure or destination area's telephone area code.

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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 2:29 pm

Quoting hongkongflyer (Reply 10):

Any airline have flight 777 to or from LAS?


Yep, B6 has a flight 777 BOS-LAS.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 2:29 pm

Quoting United1 (Reply 32):
UA415 JFK-SFO (One of SFs area codes is 415)
UA212 LAX-JFK (Manhattans area code is 212)
UA777 LAS-DEN
UA500 IND-SFO (Indianapolis 500)
UA312 EWR-ORD (Chicago's area code is 312)

What a coincidence ... I'm flying on UA 415 tomorrow
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 2:36 pm

Is ORF the commercial airport closest to Kitty Hawk, NC? Would be nice to have a flight 1903 to/from there.
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 2:51 pm

used to have a night flight at my first airline that was the XXX2820 known as the owl flight. (work it out)
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 3:23 pm

I flew TWA, either JFK or STL to LAS that was 777, return IIRC was 778
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 3:38 pm

Quoting jetblue1965 (Reply 31):
UAL 420 is DEN-LGA ... go figure =)

Would have been better if was DCA-DEN or SEA-DEN  
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 3:48 pm

Certainly not a joke but on the topic of flight numbers have all US airlines ditched the number 911?
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 4:00 pm

Although it was a (successful) publicity move, B6 also operated flt 405 from LGB-BUR during the planned highway closure on I-405.    I also just surprised myself by realizing that B6 actually hasn't retired that flight number! It currently operates BOS-LGB (I guess you could say that's kind of cheeky, given the proximity of LGB to I405).
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 4:18 pm

CO did this a great deal...

IAH-CMH was CO 1492
IAH-PHL was CO 1776
Before UA 500 was IND-SFO, CO 500 was IAH-IND
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 4:30 pm

I checked in a passenger once connecting to UA777 to LAS (this was years ago).

His bag tag was 3UA777776.

So close.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 4:37 pm

Quoting DolphinAir747 (Reply 41):
Certainly not a joke but on the topic of flight numbers have all US airlines ditched the number 911?

It appears that way, UA/AA/WN 911 all last used shortly after 9/11. Couldn't find any flight 911s on the other US airlines.
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 4:38 pm

Air Astana's KC888 PEK-ALA  
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 4:39 pm

Before the UA/CO merger, UA405 was DEN-SNA (the infamous 405 freeway that runs right by the airport). United also used UA1492 on the DEN-CMH route when they still flew mainline trips back in the day.

Speaking of Denver and 420, there's a UA Airbus A320 with the tail number N420UA. There used to be a UA767 with
the tail number N666UA also, not sure if that plane is still in the fleet, we get so few wide bodies in Denver anymore   
 
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 4:45 pm

Way too many years ago, someone told me about a King Air owned by a cosmetic surgeon with the registration of N1PL. Some years later, I remembered to look it up on the FAA's database and found that it belonged to a homebuilt. Still, I laughed at the joke.
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RE: Flight Number In-jokes?

Fri May 01, 2015 4:55 pm

I just remembered that there is a LearJet with the registration of N10SE - though not all Lears are noisy.
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