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How to Track the Inbound AS Aircraft for My Flight?

How to Track the Inbound AS Aircraft for My Flight?

Old Feb 10, 19, 1:19 pm
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How to Track the Inbound AS Aircraft for My Flight?

This is possibly a very silly question. But how can you tell where an Alaska plane is coming from thatís not yet on the ground?
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Old Feb 10, 19, 1:22 pm
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FlightAware...Flightradar24...Flight View...Flight Stats. Take your pick.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 1:25 pm
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Some carriers such as AA provide this information. However, it is not particularly useful and one should never rely on it. The information provided by AA, as well as the websites mentioned above is all accurate as of the time it is posted. But, changes happen. While it is unlikely that there will or could even be an aircraft sub for a flight from a distant outstation, that is not the case at a larger airport.

So, something which can be interesting to look at, but which often means nothing.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 2:48 pm
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I send a DM to AS Twitter and have the answer in a few minutes.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 3:10 pm
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I find it useful to know where the incoming plan is.

For example, last week, I left the lounge and speed walked to the gate because the Alaska app showed the departure status was going to be "on time".

After I got to the gate, I could see that no plane was docked at the gate and, obviously, the boarding could not be on schedule. I checked flightaware and saw the incoming plane had not landed. It takes about 20 minutes to unload a plane? So I had at least 30 minutes to go. My flight ended up boarding about 45 minutes later than scheduled.

At least I got a brisk walk in.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 4:58 pm
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I find FlightAware is the best option on mobile. You put in the AS flight number and then there is a link to where your plane is coming from.

Yes technically the plane could always change, but I find its 95% accurate at outstations (ie. all east coast airports).

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Old Feb 10, 19, 11:42 pm
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