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Accuracy of Online Booking Engines - Odd Results

Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:41 pm

From time to time I like to compare prices offered by online flight search engines with those offered on the airlines' own web sites.

Sometimes they can throw up some rather amusing results.

Try a search for flights between Perth (PER) and Carnarvon (CVQ) in Australia and the engine cheerfully returns :
Yangon Airways? Seriously.

And how about Adelaide (ADL) to Port Augusta, Australia?

FlyMe Sweden, an airline that filed for bankruptcy in 2007?

These anomalies are easy to explain. In each instance the IATA codes have been re-assigned but the database hasn't been updated. In the case of Yangon the code HK is now that of Perth-based Skippers Aviation. FlyMe was previously SH but that code has since been allocated to Sharp Airlines of Hamilton, Vic. Australia

Has anyone else discovered such obvious or amusing errors?
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Re: Accuracy of Online Booking Engines - Odd Results

Sun Jun 19, 2016 4:30 am

a few years ago friends of mine booked an IT package with flights LGW-AYT on FlyPGS (IIRC) and the printed the confirmation from the tour operator showed the logo for Fiji International Airlines :?

They all got very excited for the exotic carrier and started looking at what to expect from Fiji International... ;)

When I told them it must just be a database code mistake one turned to me earnestly and explained: 'Well no, they can't make it all the way to Fiji so they have to refuel in Antalya on the way' :lol:

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