The travel industry has a lot of jargon. While much of it is relatively useless except to people in the industry. many of these terms matter. One of those is “record locator.”
In short, a record locator is the confirmation code for a flight, with the actual airline flying that flight. Depending on how a booking is made, it may or may not be the confirmation number.
Not so long ago, most major routes flown by U.S carriers were on what travelers often refer to as “regular jets.”
Now, fliers heading to places like Champaign, Illinois, Santa Barbara, California, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, for examples, were used to changing planes somewhere and boarding a small turbo prop or regional jet.
Increasingly, as airlines look to cut costs, regional jets are proliferating even on routes between major cities. They are cheaper to operate in terms of fuel and staff, they allow carriers to serve more cities and display those cities as part of their network.