EWR-HKG flight # change from 98/99 to 116/117?

 
Old Feb 15, 12, 2:41 pm
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EWR-HKG flight # change from 98/99 to 116/117?

A little surprised at this change. They swap from the twice-weekly CNS-GUM flight. Was 98/99 for HKG-EWR for a long time?
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Old Feb 15, 12, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by lixiaojuventus View Post
A little surprised at this change. They swap from the twice-weekly CNS-GUM flight. Was 98/99 for HKG-EWR for a long time?
They changed at one point - but I have them booked in Nov later this year and they're back to 98/99, so who knows
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These flight number changes had been in the schedule for at least for two months now. EWR-HKG flight 117 goes into effect today, HKG-EWR Flight 116 on tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by CAPT Tee View Post
These flight number changes had been in the schedule for at least for two months now. EWR-HKG flight 117 goes into effect today, HKG-EWR Flight 116 on tomorrow.
Come November, it's back to 98/99 for whatever reason, unless that far out hasn't been changed
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Old Feb 15, 12, 7:21 pm
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Interesting. Do they change it for a reason? I mean, if you don't have the need, why don't you just leave them intact?
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Absolutely agree with above, and I don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese, but don't the numbers 98 and especially 99 represent wealth and prosperity to the Chinese?

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Old Feb 15, 12, 11:28 pm
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Absolutely agree with above, and I don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese, but don't the numbers 98 and especially 99 represent wealth and prosperity to the Chinese?

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No. Instead the word for 9 九 sounds the same as the one for longevity 久.
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I haven't been on this flight in awhile. Has the IFE(economy) been upgraded to AVOD like CX or the old channel style?

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I haven't been on this flight in awhile. Has the IFE(economy) been upgraded to AVOD like CX or the old channel style?
All of CO's 22 772s have nose-to-tail AVOD and power for at least 2 years Decent 9" screens in Y.
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Old Feb 16, 12, 8:13 am
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Originally Posted by kmfdm91 View Post
Absolutely agree with above, and I don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese, but don't the numbers 98 and especially 99 represent wealth and prosperity to the Chinese?

-jeremy
Yeah, the digit "9" means longevity, and it is the digit "8" that has loose connections to wealth and prosperity, and hence these flights:

UA888/889, UA898/UA897, UA88/89, UA86/87

Interesting that for UA888 (PEK-SFO), Air China also has a code share on this flight, and their flight number is, lo and behold,

CA8888/CA8889.
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