DiegoSS02
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How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:47 pm

What is the criteria applied by airlines when assigning a flight's number? (Like the number 1 to flagship services and impair numbers to north and westbound flights)
 
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Re: How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:38 pm

I guess every airline has their own system, but this is supposed to be the system Scandinavian Airlines use to assign their flight numbers.

SK001 - SK199 Swedish domestic
SK200 - SK399 Norwegian domestic
SK400 - SK499 The Scandinavian capital triangle and CPH-GOT
SK500 - SK599 UK/Ireland/Benelux/France/Spain
SK600 - SK699 Germany/Switzerland/Austria/Italy
SK700 - SK799 Finland/Russia/Poland or Greece/Turkey/Israel/Egypt/Nice
SK800 - SK899 Intrascandinavian flights (except ARN/OSL/GOT-CPH)
SK900 - SK999 Intercontinental
SK900 - SK929 Eastern USA
SK930 - SK939 Western USA
SK940 - SK949 Midwest (USA) and Canada
SK950 - SK959 The West Indies and South America
SK960 - SK969 Africa
SK970 - SK979 Asia except Japan and China
SK980 - SK989 Japan
SK990 - SK999 China
SK1000 - SK1899 Roughly the same as 0-899
SK1010 - SK1020 Swedish domestic
SK1200 - SK1299 Danish domestic
SK1400 - SK1499 The Scandinavian capital triangle
SK1500 - SK1599 UK/Ireland/Benelux/France/Spain
SK1600 - SK1699 Germany/Switzerland/Austria/Italy
SK1800 - SK1899 Leisure-destinations
SK2000 - SK2899 Roughly the same as 0-899
SK2800 - SK2899 Intrascandinavian flights (except the Scandinavian capital triangle)
SK3000 - SK3999 Codeshare (roughly the same as 0-999)
SK7100 - SK7299 Charter
SK7300 - SK7399 Charter from Norway
SK7500 - SK7799 Charter from Denmark
SK7600 - SK7899 Charter from Sweden
SK8000 - SK8999 Codeshare
SK9000 - SK9999 Non-commercial flights (ferry flights)
 
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Re: How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:23 am

As Bostrom says it depends on the airline. As you say a typical practice is odd numbers for one direction and even for another.

Just like at SL, at CX the first number shows the destination area (or if it is a cargo). Cargo 0. Oceania 1. Europe 2. China 3. South Asia 4, North Asia 5. India 6. Middle East 7. North America 8.
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Re: How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:38 pm

IATA has general guidance. For example even numbers for East and Northbound flights, odd numbers for West and Southbound.

Of course, increasing number of airlines come up with their own conventions.
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Re: How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:16 am

Starlionblue wrote:
at CX the first number shows the destination area (or if it is a cargo). Cargo 0. Oceania 1. Europe 2. China 3. South Asia 4, North Asia 5. India 6. Middle East 7. North America 8.


There are several Europe flights with 3xx numbers these days too.
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Re: How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:27 am

FI and NY also have rules for theirs, although recent N-American additions have deviated from them:

For FI
200-299: Denmark
300-399: Other Nordics
400-499: UK
500-599: mainland Europe
600-699: USA
700-799: cargo
800-899: new USA service since 2015 (ORD, TPA & PHL)
5000-5599: European flights operated by NY Q400s (currently only BHD & ABZ)

For NY
0-99: IFJ
100-199: AEY
200-299: Greenland
300-399: EGS
400-499: used to be VEY, now closed
500-599: flights from AEY operated by Norlandair (GRY, NOR, THO and VPN)
5000-5599: same as with FI
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Re: How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:35 am

skyhawkmatthew wrote:
Starlionblue wrote:
at CX the first number shows the destination area (or if it is a cargo). Cargo 0. Oceania 1. Europe 2. China 3. South Asia 4, North Asia 5. India 6. Middle East 7. North America 8.


There are several Europe flights with 3xx numbers these days too.


I guess they ran out of numbers. :)
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Re: How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:56 pm

I'm glad this topic was started as I always wondered how airlines built their flight number systems. Some are very logical by geographic regions. Others don't make sense at all like AF. Does someone know anything about AF flight numbering?
 
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Re: How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:14 pm

Coincidently I find Aircraft operating from - to a particular sector having a similar number between airlines
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Re: How do airlines assign numbers to flights?

Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:35 pm

Airlines also issue flight numbers to certain routes as part of their overall marketing of that route. For instance, Hawaiian Air uses flight No's 50/51 for their HNL-JFK route. It was marketed as part of the overall 50th State Hawaii campaign. Of course, you have the marquee flights....like Pan Am 1 and 2 when they did the round-the-world service. I have noted that a lot of Asian flights from the United States typically have a 8XX designation....due to the Chinese designating the No. 8 as fortuitous.

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