ID this Aircraft Operator


#1

Hi everyone,
Can someone ID this aircraft’s operator? It’s an A332 en route from Frank Pais Intl to Manchester Intl. The operator is “Turkish”. Could this be Turkish Airlines?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/TCX31L

Thanks for the info!

JetBlast :slight_smile:


#2

Not sure. That could either be an A330 with a Turkish reg, which may or may not be owned by Turkish airlines, or an actual airline flight by Thomas Cook Airlines according to the FAA’s airline contractions.


#3

It’s Thomas Cook regular scheduled. The TCX… flight number confuses the software into thinking it’s a TC- registration.


#4

Pat got it. Since there is a letter appended to the end, FlightAware thinks it’s a Turkish registration instead of an ICAO flight number.


#5

Don’t know how easy this would be to implement, but…

With just a few exceptions (N,HK,JA) all national registrations are 5 alpha characters (with a dash in there somewhere), so if an identifier is more than 5 characters or contains numeric digits then 99% of the time it’s a flight numbers not a registration.


#6

There are a million exceptions to every rule, so it’s hard, but we’re aware of the limitations and will keep improving the identification system.