What does the ‘P’ stand for.
flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL8 … /KDFW/KSAT


Nothing, really.

For the most, there can not be more than one flight in the air with the same flight number and callsign at the same time. If that happens, the airlines will append a letter to the end of the flight number to indicate that uniqueness.

For example, VIR43 makes a daily EGKK-KLAS run. Well, there is no way that that flight makes it to Vegas by the time the next flight takes off, so VIR has been appending a W or a Z to the flight number, so ATC knows that they are tracking the right flight.



For some carriers the letters do mean something other than a second flight with the same number. I don’t know about American but one of the fractionals uses P occasionally when the airplane is limited to no over water legs.


A great man asked a similar question a few weeks ago. :slight_smile:

Here are some additional replies:
discussions.flightaware.com/view … hp?t=12357

Long story short, FA tries to combine them into the same flight. For example they try to lump the AAL826P with AAL826. As a pax it’s the same thing to us.


Thanks for all your answers!

Looks like 826 & 826P were in the air at the same time

flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL8 … /KDFW/KSAT

flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL8 … /KDFW/KSAT