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Southwest tail number inaccuracies

There appears to be major problems getting accurate tail numbers for Southwest flights for the last several weeks. Everything seems to get corrected exactly 1 hour before scheduled departure time. But until then, it’s all messed up.

For example, if you look up N7819A Flight Tracking and History - FlightAware currently, you will see the following upcoming legs:

Obviously one aircraft can’t do that routing.

Is there any work being done to try to fix these issues?

Cool btw Southwest Airlines is my favorite airline

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:face_with_raised_eyebrow: I can only assume that that is some sort of bug as well…

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You are seeing that because that is what our upstream data provider is sending us. These will automatically update as we receive newer information. We are checking with the provider of this data to see if there is anything that can be done to address this particular issue with SWA.

In our experience, airline tail assignments can be unreliable, particularly in advance, even when we get them reported directly from the airline. But this will vary by airline.

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