Flight Number the Same on Outbound and Inbound Legs?

 
Old Aug 11, 15, 8:44 am
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Flight Number the Same on Outbound and Inbound Legs?

I've noticed this now on a few different flights I've taken recently, namely DFW-MEX and DFW-SEA where the outbound flight number is identical to the return flight number, has anyone else noticed this and what's the reasoning behind this? Seems like a very strange practice and ripe for a good deal of confusion.
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Old Aug 11, 15, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by a_fman View Post
I've noticed this now on a few different flights I've taken recently, namely DFW-MEX and DFW-SEA where the outbound flight number is identical to the return flight number, has anyone else noticed this and what's the reasoning behind this? Seems like a very strange practice and ripe for a good deal of confusion.
There are only so many flight numbers to go around. If you assign outbound and inbound to the same number (DFW-MEX and MEX-DFW, for instance), you are assured that both flights can't be in the air at the same time, so it reduces potential confusion.
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Old Aug 11, 15, 9:29 am
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AA matched inbound to outbound flight numbers a while ago. As far as confusion goes, if you have the flight number, all you need as a passenger is to know whether you're arriving or departing. I find it less confusing than re-using flight numbers for different aircraft such as flight nnn from aaa to bbb via ORD (requires plane change at ORD) - anybody else remember those?
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Old Aug 11, 15, 9:34 am
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Those still exist. Flight 281 MIA to DFW on a 757 and DFW to ICN on a 777. Just not as many as those as before. I only knew about this one as I just took DFW to ICN recently but when checking on the flight times in Flightaware noticed the equipment change.
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Originally Posted by iplaybass View Post
AA matched inbound to outbound flight numbers a while ago. As far as confusion goes, if you have the flight number, all you need as a passenger is to know whether you're arriving or departing. I find it less confusing than re-using flight numbers for different aircraft such as flight nnn from aaa to bbb via ORD (requires plane change at ORD) - anybody else remember those?
Like AA 82? It goes from DFW-ORD via SFO.
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Old Aug 11, 15, 10:08 am
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Flight 82 is the same equipment, same plane I think. Another example would be flt 137 from DCA- HGK, changes equipment in DFW from 737 DCA-DFW to a 77W DFW-HGK.
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Old Aug 11, 15, 2:19 pm
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There are only so many flight numbers to go around. If you assign outbound and inbound to the same number (DFW-MEX and MEX-DFW, for instance), you are assured that both flights can't be in the air at the same time, so it reduces potential confusion.
Or they could do what LUS did/does on many flights and have the same aircraft operate both legs, like US516 running MCO-PHX-SMF. Much less confusing than having the outbound and return flights run under the same flight number, and much less misleading than having the same flight number with a change of equipment halfway through, which in my opinion the DOT should move to stop.
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JFK-BOS had the same flight number on my outward and return. Agree with the comments about the same number but equipment change. I noticed MXP-JFK on a 767 and then JFK-BOS on a 737 have the flight number.
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Unless you're doing a mileage run, why would AA100 ABC-DEF turning around to AA100 DEF-ABC be confusing to anyone?
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Old Aug 11, 15, 10:40 pm
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It's very common this year, and though they have the same flight number outbound and inbound will count as separate flights. Today, both inbound DFW-SAT and outbound SAT-DFW had the same flight number. This has been discussed extensively - it's no problem.
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When I am doing a mileage run it is convenient to take the same flight numbers outbound and return.

I did this DFW-BOS 2 times last year to get the 5000 I needed at the end of the year.

Even had the same seats in First both ways.
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Old Aug 12, 15, 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by a_fman View Post
I've noticed this now on a few different flights I've taken recently, namely DFW-MEX and DFW-SEA where the outbound flight number is identical to the return flight number, has anyone else noticed this and what's the reasoning behind this? Seems like a very strange practice and ripe for a good deal of confusion.
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Old Aug 13, 15, 3:01 am
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Originally Posted by ThreeJulietTango View Post
Or they could do what LUS did/does on many flights and have the same aircraft operate both legs, like US516 running MCO-PHX-SMF. Much less confusing than having the outbound and return flights run under the same flight number, and much less misleading than having the same flight number with a change of equipment halfway through, which in my opinion the DOT should move to stop.
I used to fly SJC-LAX-SNA on a flight with the same flight number.
It cost $5 more than the nonstop. I don't remember if I was trying to get EQS or EQMs, or maybe just the 1000 RDMs... One time we lost the plane to another flight at LAX because the original aircraft for that flight went MX, and the 5 passengers for SNA were taken by van.
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