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Same flight number going and returning?

Old Feb 16, 20, 9:22 am
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Same flight number going and returning?

I'm on flight 2740 RDU-FLL then same flight number on the return. I've never seen this. Flight is not until December.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by zitsky View Post
I'm on flight 2740 RDU-FLL then same flight number on the return. I've never seen this. Flight is not until December.
It's been this way for at least a year. In most cases the crew flying both directions is even the same. Not enough flight numbers.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 9:41 am
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It's like an infinite loop.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 9:57 am
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I see it often on flights that run DTW-AZO-DTW. It can be quite amusing to track them on FlightAware when the first leg gets delayed somehow.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 10:32 am
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See it all the time on ATL-TPA-ATL.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 10:37 am
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Just about all cities have these. You'll see these on routes where crew can make it to city and back to hub same day.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 11:23 am
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KL has this even on routes where crew has to stay overnight
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Old Feb 16, 20, 12:59 pm
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2 main reasons for this:

1. Uses less flight numbers from a finite list available

2. Allows the carrier to file one flight plan instead of two
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Old Feb 16, 20, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by zitsky View Post
It's like an infinite loop.
Only happens on Groundhog Day.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 1:55 pm
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See it all the time on LAX-DCA. Usually same crew as well doing the inbound/outbound.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 2:34 pm
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Old Feb 16, 20, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by roberto99 View Post
2 main reasons for this:

2. Allows the carrier to file one flight plan instead of two
How can one flight plan cover two flights?
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Old Feb 16, 20, 3:57 pm
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Originally Posted by roberto99 View Post
2 main reasons for this:

1. Uses less flight numbers from a finite list available

2. Allows the carrier to file one flight plan instead of two
Not 100% sure on that still need a new release new paperwork for weight and balance fuel etc plus we'll need a new clearance from atc.

Perhaps number 1 applies though.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 5:35 pm
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Originally Posted by roberto99 View Post
2 main reasons for this:

1. Uses less flight numbers from a finite list available

2. Allows the carrier to file one flight plan instead of two
They still file two plans.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 6:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Yellowjj View Post
See it all the time on LAX-DCA. Usually same crew as well doing the inbound/outbound.
FAs, maybe (I experienced that ~12 years ago ATL-ONT-ATL); Id be surprised if the pilots work back-to-back TCONs
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