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JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:32 am
by CarlosSi
The first one that ever caught my eye (I guess my ears) was Jetblue 619, departing from Boston to San Diego (I was on the clearance frequency on FS2004 and overheard it, realizing 619 was one of San Diego's area codes).

The second one was Austin's flight to FLL, this one is 512 (one of the area codes here), so clearly it's no coincidence.

Me and my friend found several others, although this makes me wonder if the rest of the flight numbers are arbitrary or if they're determined based on something special?

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:45 am
by KBUF
315 involves SYR (SYR-JFK), 585 involves ROC (ROC-JFK), but 716 does not involve BUF (it's routed JAX-DCA). Weird.

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:14 am
by Cactus739
Spirit does this as well.

One example I know quite well

NK 913 MCI-LAS 913 is an area code for Kansas (yes I know MCI is in Missouri but just barely)
NK 816 LAS-MCI 816 is a Missouri area code.

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:20 am
by Super80Fan
Not area code related but JetBlue also runs B6 500, from DAB to JFK in reference to the Daytona 500.

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:43 am
by Woodreau
A lot of Spirit flights are numbered for the area code of the destination or departure airport.

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:19 pm
by redzeppelin
JetBlue flight 801 is MCO-SLC, and 801 is the main SLC area code.

Here is a conspiracy theory for you: This forum has been anxiously waiting for many years to see B6 finally launch service to MSP. The central Minneapolis area code is 612, and according to flightaware, B6 has not used flight number 612 in over four years! It last appeared on a JAX-JFK routing. Perhaps they have it reserved for future MSP service, whenever it finally happens?

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:26 pm
by evank516
Not an area code, but jetBlue's DAB-JFK flight is numbered 500 for the Daytona 500. JFK-DAB is 393, but the area code for DAB is 386.

Edit: Super80Fan you beat me to it!

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:31 pm
by rw717
When I worked for Delta the SLC-PHL flight was 1776 and Las Vegas was 777.

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:26 am
by mooseofspruce
When UA still served JFK I remember JFK-SFO being 415 which is SF's area code (well, one of them anyway, the other being 650), and SFO-JFK would use a NYC area code, although which one specifically escapes me. Nowadays 415 is used on LAX-EWR.

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:40 am
by Vctony
AA had a PHX - LAS flight as flight 777 with 7 being a "lucky" number for slot machines.

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:40 pm
by N776AU
Yep. JetBlue 404 is Atlanta-Boston
Super80Fan wrote:
Not area code related but JetBlue also runs B6 500, from DAB to JFK in reference to the Daytona 500.

They also run flight 1776 Boston-Philadelphia.
Looks like United flight 500 is Indianapolis-San Francisco. American 500 is Phoenix-Indianapolis.
United still has their sense of humor too running flight 420 Denver-Los Angeles

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:43 pm
by jeffh747
Vctony wrote:
AA had a PHX - LAS flight as flight 777 with 7 being a "lucky" number for slot machines.

And in line with this, Spirit's FLL-LAS flight is also 777 for this same reason

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:22 pm
by gunsontheroof
IIRC, DL ran several flights into SEA (usually from CVG I think) that were numbered 727, 747, 737, etc. They don't seem to be used anymore, but then, CVG-SEA frequencies have been heavily cut in the last decade or so.

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:40 pm
by evank516
N776AU wrote:
Yep. JetBlue 404 is Atlanta-Boston
Super80Fan wrote:
Not area code related but JetBlue also runs B6 500, from DAB to JFK in reference to the Daytona 500.

They also run flight 1776 Boston-Philadelphia.
Looks like United flight 500 is Indianapolis-San Francisco. American 500 is Phoenix-Indianapolis.
United still has their sense of humor too running flight 420 Denver-Los Angeles


DEN-SEA would be funnier for UA420.

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:39 pm
by jeffh747
evank516 wrote:
N776AU wrote:
Yep. JetBlue 404 is Atlanta-Boston
Super80Fan wrote:
Not area code related but JetBlue also runs B6 500, from DAB to JFK in reference to the Daytona 500.

They also run flight 1776 Boston-Philadelphia.
Looks like United flight 500 is Indianapolis-San Francisco. American 500 is Phoenix-Indianapolis.
United still has their sense of humor too running flight 420 Denver-Los Angeles


DEN-SEA would be funnier for UA420.

DEN-PHL with American Airlines is AA420

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:31 am
by lugie
N776AU wrote:
Yep. JetBlue 404 is Atlanta-Boston
Super80Fan wrote:
Not area code related but JetBlue also runs B6 500, from DAB to JFK in reference to the Daytona 500.

They also run flight 1776 Boston-Philadelphia.
Looks like United flight 500 is Indianapolis-San Francisco. American 500 is Phoenix-Indianapolis.
United still has their sense of humor too running flight 420 Denver-Los Angeles


The new CDG-IND flight Delta is launching will also be DL500.
Flight 1776 on AA involves PHL too (early morning PHL-DFW).

As for humorous flight numbers, my favorite might still be LH2222 MUC-TLS (hint: imagine the announcement in Munich)

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:31 pm
by global2
Is there a JFK bound flight 212?

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:59 pm
by zackary747
lugie wrote:
N776AU wrote:
Yep. JetBlue 404 is Atlanta-Boston
Super80Fan wrote:
Not area code related but JetBlue also runs B6 500, from DAB to JFK in reference to the Daytona 500.

They also run flight 1776 Boston-Philadelphia.
Looks like United flight 500 is Indianapolis-San Francisco. American 500 is Phoenix-Indianapolis.
United still has their sense of humor too running flight 420 Denver-Los Angeles


The new CDG-IND flight Delta is launching will also be DL500.
Flight 1776 on AA involves PHL too (early morning PHL-DFW).

As for humorous flight numbers, my favorite might still be LH2222 MUC-TLS (hint: imagine the announcement in Munich)


Let me add,
AS 500 Seattle to Indianapolis
G4 500 Las Vegas to Indianapolis
UA 317 San Francisco to Indianapolis (IND phone area code)

Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:40 am
by kabq737
Unfortunately the flights in and out of ABQ seem to be 6xx. No 505:(


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Re: JetBlue using area codes for flight numbers

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:13 am
by Redbellyguppy
Substantially every airline operates a flight 1492 to Columbus, too.