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A list of all Airline codes. The table lists the IATA airline designators, the ICAO airline designators and the airline call signs (telephony designator). Historical assignments are also included for completeness.

Airline codes for airlines beginning with:

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 in accordance with the provisions of IATA Resolution 762. They form the first two characters of the flight number.

Designators are used to identify an airline for all commercial purposes, including reservations, timetables, tickets, tariffs, air waybills, and in airline interline telecommunications. There are three types of designator: unique, alpha/numeric, and controlled duplicate.

IATA maintains two policies to deal with the limited number of available codes:

  1. after an airline is delisted, the code becomes available for reuse after six months;
  2. IATA issues "controlled duplicates".

Controlled duplicates are issued to regional airlines whose destinations are not likely to overlap, in such a way that the same code would be shared by two different airlines. The controlled duplicate is denoted here with an asterisk (*) following the code and in IATA literature as well.

ICAO airline designator

The ICAO airline designator is a code assigned by the International Civil Aviation Organization to aircraft operating agencies, aeronautical authorities, and services. The codes are unique by airline which is not true for the IATA airline designator codes.

Each aircraft operating agency, aeronautical authority, and services related to international aviation is allocated both a three-letter designator and a telephony designator. The designators are listed in ICAO Document 8585: Designators for Aircraft Operating Agencies, Aeronautical Authorities and Services. The ICAO codes originally based on a two-letter-system and were identical to the airline codes used by IATA. After an airline joined IATA its existing ICAO-two-letter-code was taken over as IATA code. So in the 1970s the abbreviation BA was the ICAO code and the IATA code of British Airways while non-IATA-airlines like Court Line used their 2-letter-abbreviation as ICAO code only. In the early 1980s ICAO introduced the current three-letter-system due to the increasing number of airlines. It became the official new standard system in November 1987.

An example is:

  • Operator: American Airlines
  • Three-letter-ICAO-designator: AAL (the original ICAO-two-letter-designator AA was used until 1987 and is also the IATA code of the airline)

Certain combinations of letters are not allocated to avoid confusion with other systems (for example SOS). Other designators (particularly those starting with Y and Z) are reserved for government organizations.

Designator YYY is used for operators that do not have a code allocated.

Call signs

Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognized call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. The flight number is normally then published in their public timetable and appears on the arrivals and departure screens in the airport terminals served by that particular flight. In cases of emergency, the airline name and flight number, rather than the individual aircraft's registration, 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, or possibly to avoid confusion with a call sign used by an established airline.

Not all of these operators of aircraft are civilian and some only operate ad hoc chartered flights rather than scheduled flights; some operate both types of flights. Some cargo airlines specialize in freight transport, an emphasis that may be reflected in the company's name.

Companies' assigned names may change over time as a result of mergers, acquisitions, or change in company name or status. Country names can also change over time and new call signs may be agreed in substitution for traditional ones. The country shown alongside an airline's call sign is that wherein most of its aircraft are believed to be registered, which may not always be the same as the country in which the firm is officially incorporated or registered. There are many other airlines in business whose radio call signs are more obviously derived from the trading name.

The callsign should normally resemble the operators name or function and not be confused with callsigns used by other operators. The callsign should be easily and phonetically pronounceable in at least English, French, Spanish or Russian.

Codes

Airline codes
IATA ICAO Airline Call Sign Country Comments


IIC Inter Island Air Charter Bahamas 2014[1]
EXP Island Air Express ISLAND EXPRESS United States 2014[1]
IWL Island Wings Bahamas 2014[1]
IK KAR Ikar IKAR Russian Federation
ICN Iconair Pakistan
IAC Interaviation Charter INTERCHARTER Romania
IFM Ifly ICOPTER Greece
ITC International Air Carrier Association Belgium
II CSQ IBC Airways CHASQUI United States
0C IBL IBL Aviation CATOVAIR Mauritius
BBL IBM Euroflight Operations BLUE Switzerland
YYY ICAO Used by airlines without a specific code
C3 IPR Independent Carrier (ICAR) ICAR Ukraine
CIC ICC Canada AIR TRADER Canada
IDG IDG Technology Air INDIGO Czech Republic
IFL IFL Group EIFEL United States
RDE II Lione Alato Arl FLIGHT RED United Kingdom
IJM IJM International Jet Management JET MANAGEMENT Austria
IKK IKI International Airlines IKIAIR Japan
IKN IKON FTO IKON Germany
BLU IMP Aviation Services BLUENOSE Canada
XGG IMP Group Aviation Services Canada
1F INFINI Travel Information Japan Computer Reservation System
IPA IPEC Aviation IPEC Australia
IPM IPM Europe SHIPEX United Kingdom
LVB IRS Airlines SILVERBIRD Nigeria
ISD ISD Avia ISDAVIA Ukraine
1U ITA Software United States Computer reservation system
FDF IVV Femida Russia
IB IBE Iberia Airlines IBERIA Spain
I2 IBS Iberia Express IBEREXPRESS Spain Charter service, low cost carrier for EU flights of Iberia operating only A320's
IBR Ibertour Servicios Aéreos IBERTOUR Spain
IBT Ibertrans Aérea IBERTRANS Spain
TY IWD Iberworld IBERWORLD Spain
FW IBX Ibex Airlines IBEX Japan
IBC Ibicenca Air IBICENCA Spain
AKI Ibk-Petra   Sudan
RAC Icar Air TUZLA AIR Bosnia and Herzegovina
FRC Icare Franche Compte FRANCHE COMPTE France
ICD Icaro Air ICARO Ecuador Defunct 2011
ICA Icaro ICARFLY Italy
IUS Icarus ICARUS Italy
ICJ Icejet ICEJET Iceland
FI ICE Icelandair ICEAIR Iceland
ICG Icelandic Coast Guard ICELAND COAST Iceland
IKR Ikaros DK IKAROS Denmark
CIO Il Ciocco International Travel Service CIOCCO Italy
ILV Il-Avia ILAVIA Russia
IDL Ildefonso Redriguez ILDEFONSO Mexico
V8 IAR Iliamna Air Taxi ILIAMNA AIR United States
ILP Ilpo Aruba Cargo Aruba
ILL Ilyich-Avia ILYICHAVIA Ukraine
IMR Imaer IMAER Portugal
ITX Imair Airlines IMPROTEX Azerbaijan
PNX Imperial Airways PHOENIX United States
IMT Imtrec Aviation IMTREC Cambodia
DH IDE Independence Air INDEPENDENCE AIR United States defunct
IDP Independent Air Freighters INDEPENDENT Australia
6E IGO IndiGo Airlines IFLY India Interglobe Aviation
IIL India International Airways INDIA INTER India
IFC Indian Air Force INDIAN AIRFORCE India
IC IAC Indian Airlines INDAIR India
IDR Indicator Company INDICATOR Hungary
I9 IBU Indigo INDIGO BLUE United States
IDA Indonesia Air Transport INTRA Indonesia
QZ AWQ Indonesia AirAsia WAGON AIR Indonesia
IO IAA Indonesian Airlines INDO LINES Indonesia
IPN Industri Pesawat Terbang Nusantara NUSANTARA Indonesia
ITN Industrias Titan TITANLUX Spain
FFI Infinit Air INFINIT Spain
INS Inflite The Jet Centre United Kingdom
IVA Innotech Aviation INNOTECH Canada
INC Insel Air International INSELAIR Netherlands Antilles
ICC Instituto Cartografico de Cataluna CARTO Spain
INT Intair INTAIRCO Canada
INL Intal Avia INTAL AVIA Kyrgyzstan
FFL Intavia Limited United Kingdom
XRA Intensive Air INTENSIVE South Africa
ITW Inter Air INTER WINGS Bulgaria
INX Inter Express INTER-EURO Turkey
H4 IIN Inter Island Airways Cape Verde
CAR Inter RCA QUEBEC ROMEO Central African Republic
NTT Inter Tropic Airlines INTER-TROPIC Sierra Leone
ITA Inter-Air CAFEX United States
ICN Inter-Canadian INTER-CANADIAN Canada
UGL Inter-Island Air UGLY VAN United States
IMA Inter-Mountain Airways INTER-MOUNTAIN United States
ITS Inter-State Aviation INTER-STATE United States
D6 ILN Interair South Africa INLINE South Africa
NTE Interaire INTERMEX Mexico
ZA SUW Interavia Airlines ASTAIR Russia
IVT Interaviatrans INTERAVIA Ukraine
RS ICT Intercontinental de Aviación CONTAVIA Colombia
ICP Intercopters CHOPER Spain
IFT Interflight INTERFLIGHT United Kingdom
IJT Interflight (Learjet) United Kingdom
RFL Interfly INFLY Italy
IFF Interfreight Forwarding INTERFREIGHT Sudan
IGN Interguide Air DIVINE AIR Nigeria
ISN Interisland Airlines TRI-BIRD Philippines
IWY Interisland Airways Limited ISLANDWAYS Turks and Caicos Islands Name changed to Air Turks and Caicos
MTF Interjet INTERJET Italy
IHE Interjet Helicopters INTERCOPTER Greece
ID ITK Interlink Airlines INTERLINK South Africa
IAK International Air Cargo Corporation AIR CARGO EGYPT Egypt
EXX International Air Corporation EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL United States
IAS International Air Service STARFLEET United States
IAX International Air Services INTERAIR SERVICES Liberia
6I IBZ International Business Air INTERBIZ Sweden was U5
IBY International Business Aircraft CENTRAL STAGE United States
ICS International Charter Services INTERSERVI Mexico
ICX International Charter Xpress INTEX United States Defunct 1994
RED International Committee of the Red Cross RED CROSS Switzerland
IIG International Company for Transport, Trade and Public Works ALDAWLYH AIR Libya
IFX International Flight Training Academy IFTA United States
IJA International Jet Aviation Services I-JET United States
HSP International Jet Charter HOSPITAL United States The Flying Hospital
RSQ International SOS WIndhoek SKYMEDIC Namibia
ISF International Stabilisation Assistance Force United Kingdom
THN International Security Assistance Force ATHENA Canada
ITH International Trans-Air INTRANS NIGERIA Nigeria
IPT Interport Corporation INTERPORT United States
IKY Intersky Bulgary GENERAL SKY Bulgaria
3L ISK Intersky INTERSKY Austria
I4 FWA Interstate Airlines FREEWAYAIR Netherlands
ITU Intervuelos INTERLOS Mexico
INV Inversija INVER Latvia
IND Iona National Airways IONA Ireland
IOA Iowa Airways IOWA AIR United States
IR IRA Iran Air IRANAIR Iran Was B9
EP IRC Iran Aseman Airlines ASEMAN Iran
IRB Iranair Tours Iran
IRG Iranian Naft Airlines NAFT Iran
IA IAW Iraqi Airways IRAQI Iraq
BIS Irbis Air IRBIS Kazakhstan
IRL Irish Air Corps IRISH Ireland
RDK Irish Air Transport IRISH TRANS Ireland
XMR Irish Aviation Authority AUTHORITY Ireland
IH MZA Irtysh Air IRTYSH AIRLINES Kazakhstan Old IATA code: IT; old ICAO code: IRT
KCE Irving Oil KACEY Canada
ISI Island Air ISLANDMEX Mexico
ILF Island Air Charters ISLAND FLIGHT United States
XYZ Island Air Express RAINBIRD United States
ISA Island Airlines United States
SOY Island Aviation SORIANO Philippines
DQA Island Aviation Services Maldives
IOM Island Aviation and Travel ISLE AVIA United Kingdom
2S SDY Island Express SANDY ISLE United States
MTP Island Helicopters METROCOPTER United States
ILC ILAS Air Japan
IAJ Islandair Jersey JARLAND United Kingdom
CN Islands Nationair Papua New Guinea
ICB Icebird Airline ICEBIRD Iceland
IF ISW Islas Airways PINTADERA Spain
IGS Isle Grande Flying School ISLA GRANDE United States
WC ISV Islena De Inversiones Honduras
IOS Isles of Scilly Skybus SCILLONIA United Kingdom
IAI Israel Aircraft Industries ISRAEL AIRCRAFT Israel
IAF Israeli Air Force Israel
6H ISR Israir ISRAIR Israel
IST Istanbul Airlines ISTANBUL Turkey
FS ACL Itali Airlines SPADA Italy Former name: Transporti Aerei Italiani; former IATA Code: 9X*; former ICAO code: ACO
IFS Italy First RIVIERA Italy
GI IKA Itek Air ITEK-AIR Kyrgyzstan ?ICAO confirmed; IATA not
IVS Ivoire Aero Services IVOIRE AERO Ivory Coast
IVW Ivoire Airways IVOIRAIRWAYS Ivory Coast
IJE Ivoire Jet Express IVOIRE JET Ivory Coast
OIC Iwamoto Crane Co Ltd Japan
IXR Ixair X-BIRD France
H9 IZM Izair IZMIR Turkey
IZA Izhavia IZHAVIA Russia
HC Iceland Express Iceland Ceased operations 2012
IMG Imperial Cargo Airlines IMPERIAL AIRLINES Ghana

* on IATA code indicates a controlled duplicate.

italics indicates a defunct airline.

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