Question for AA pilots

Captain4242

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On Sunday, the 10th, I heard an American Airlines check in with center using the flight number, I think it was 96, then "Quebec". What does the Q mean after the flight number??? I've heard lifeguards before, but...
This was at about 1920Z just south of Las Vegas, at upper flight levels.
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dually

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What may have happend is that AA#96 was late inbound to a hub.
Rather than delay #96 outbound dispatch assigned another airplane.
This would have put two AA#96s airborne at the same time.
ATC computers dont like that. To get around this dispatch will attach
a suffix to the original flight number.
 

Dangerkitty

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dually said:
What may have happend is that AA#96 was late inbound to a hub.
Rather than delay #96 outbound dispatch assigned another airplane.
This would have put two AA#96s airborne at the same time.
ATC computers dont like that. To get around this dispatch will attach
a suffix to the original flight number.
Dually is correct. Thats what AA does.
 
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RoyalAviation2

We had the same flight number as a departing flight the other day and they were assigned a Alpha after the flight number to differentiate the two flights.
 
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