This is a list of AIRLINE CODES. The table lists
TWO-CHARACTER AIRLINE DESIGNATORS ,
This is a list of all AIRLINE CODES. The table lists the
designators , the
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IATA AIRLINE DESIGNATOR
IATA AIRLINE DESIGNATORS, sometimes called
IATA RESERVATION CODES,
are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport
Association (IATA) to the world's airlines . The standard is described
Standard Schedules Information Manual and the codes
themselves are described in IATA's
There are three types of designator: unique, numeric/alpha and controlled duplicate.
IATA airline designators are used to identify an airline for commercial purposes in reservations, timetables , tickets , tariffs , air waybills and in telecommunications .
A FLIGHT DESIGNATOR is the concatenation of the airline designator, XX(A), and the numeric flight number , N(N)(N)(N), plus an optional one-letter "operational suffix" (A). Therefore, the full format of a flight designator is XX(A)N(N)(N)(N)(A).
After an airline is delisted,
IATA can make the code available for
reuse after six months and can issue "controlled duplicates".
Controlled duplicates are issued to regional airlines whose
destinations are not likely to overlap, so that the same code is
shared by two airlines. The controlled duplicate is denoted here, and
IATA literature, with an asterisk (*). An example of this is the
code "6Y", which refers to both
Mid Airlines , a charter airline in
IATA also issues an accounting or prefix code. This number is used on tickets as the first three characters of the ticket number.
An example is:
Certain combinations of letters, for example
The designator YYY is used for operators that do not have a code allocated.
CALL SIGNS (FLIGHT IDENTIFICATION OR FLIGHT ID)
Most airlines employ a call sign that is normally spoken during
airband radio transmissions. As by
* TYPE A: the characters corresponding to the registration marking of the aircraft. * TYPE B: the telephony designator of the aircraft operating agency, followed by the last four characters of the registration marking of the aircraft. * TYPE C: the telephony designator of the aircraft operating agency, followed by the flight identification.
The one most widely used within commercial aviation is type C. The flight identification is very often the same as the flight number, though this is not always the case. In case of call sign confusion a different flight identification can be chosen, but the flight number will remain the same. Call sign confusion happens when two or more flights with similar flight numbers fly close to each other, e.g., KLM 645 and KLM 649 or Speedbird 446 and Speedbird 664.
The flight number is published in an airline's public timetable and appears on the arrivals and departure screens in the airport terminals. In cases of emergency, the airline name and flight number, rather than the call sign, are normally mentioned by the main news media.
Some call signs are less obviously associated with a particular airline than others. This might be for historic reasons (South African Airways uses the callsign "Springbok", hearkening back to the airline's old livery which featured a springbok ), or possibly to avoid confusion with a call sign used by an established airline.
Companies' assigned names may change as a result of mergers,
acquisitions, or change in company name or status; British Airways