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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.


Airline codes
IATA ICAO Airline Call Sign Country Comments
BBF B-Air Charter SPEEDCHARTER Germany 2014[1]
OUF Beijing Eofa International Jet China 2014[1]
OTA Business Aviators OUTLAW United States 2014[1]
BWD Bluewest Helicopters-Greenland BLUEWEST Denmark
TBL Bell Aliant Regional Communications TELCO Canada
CWR Beijing City International Jet CITY WORLD China
BJV Beijing Vistajet Aviation BEIJING VISTA China
BHK Blu Halkin BLUEHAKIN United Kingdom
BXJ Brixtel Group BRIXTEL JET United States
BYG Bygone Aviation BYGONE United States
BOB Backbone A/S BACKBONE Denmark
BTK Batik Air Indonesia BATIK Indonesia
BBJ Blue Air Lines BLUE KOREA South Korea
BCJ Blue Jet Charters BLUE BOY Poland
BNA Bun Air Corporation BUN AIR United States
PVO Bearing Supplies Limited PROVOST United Kingdom
BAA Balkan Agro Aviation BALKAN AGRO Bulgaria
BAB Bahrain Air BSC (Closed) AWAL Bahrain
BAC BAC Leasing Limited   United Kingdom
BAE BAE Systems FELIX United Kingdom Corporate Air Travel
BAF Belgian Air Force BELGIAN AIRFORCE Belgium
8Q* BAJ Baker Aviation RODEO United States
BAK Blackhawk Airways BLACKHAWK United States
BAL Belle Air Europe BELLEAIR EUROPE Italy Previously Britannia Airways
BAL Britannia Airways BRITANNIA United Kingdom Defunct
BAM Business Air Services BUSINESS AIR Canada
BAN British Antarctic Survey PENGUIN United Kingdom
BAR Bradly Air (Charter) Services BRADLEY Canada
BAU Bissau Airlines AIR BISSAU Guinea-Bissau
BAV Bay Aviation Ltd BAY AIR Bangladesh
BA BAW British Airways SPEEDBIRD United Kingdom
BAX Best Aero Handling Ltd Russia
BAY Bayon Airlines BAYON Cambodia
BBA Bannert Air BANAIR Austria
BG BBC Biman Bangladesh Airlines BANGLADESH Bangladesh
BF BBD Bluebird Cargo BLUE CARGO Iceland
BBS Beibars CJSC BEIBARS Kazakhstan
BBV Bravo Airlines BRAVO EUROPE Spain
BBZ Bluebird Aviation COBRA Kenya
B4 BCF BACH Flugbetriebsges BACH Austria
BCI Blue Islands BLUE ISLAND United Kingdom
BCL British Caribbean Airways United Kingdom defunct
BCR British Charter BACKER United Kingdom
BCT BCT Aviation BOBCAT United Kingdom
BCV Business Aviation Center BUSINESS AVIATION Ukraine
WX BCY CityJet CITY JET Ireland
BZ BDA Blue Dart Aviation BLUE DART India
JA BON B&H Airlines Air Bosna Bosnia and Herzegovina
BDF Bissau Discovery Flying Club BISSAU DISCOVERY Guinea-Bissau
AYB Belgian Army BELGIAN ARMY Belgium
BDR Badr Airlines BADR AIR Sudan
BEA Best Aviation Ltd BEST AIR Bangladesh
BED Belgorod Aviation Enterprise BELOGORYE Russia
AJC Bar Harbor Airlines BAR HARBOR United States
BEF Balear Express BALEAR EXPRESS Spain
BEH Bel Air Helicopters BLUECOPTER Denmark
BEK Berkut Air BERKUT Kazakhstan
BET BETA - Brazilian Express Transportes Aéreos BETA CARGO Brazil
BFC Basler Flight Service BASLER United States
BFG Bear Flight BEARFLIGHT Sweden
J4 BFL Buffalo Airways BUFFALO Canada
BFO Bombardier BOMBARDIER Canada
BFR Burkina Airlines BURKLINES Burkina Faso
BFS Business Flight Sweden BUSINESS FLIGHT Sweden
BFW Bahrain Defence Force SUMMAN Bahrain
BGI British Gulf International BRITISH GULF São Tomé and Príncipe
BGK British Gulf International-Fez GULF INTER Kyrgyzstan
A8 BGL Benin Golf Air BENIN GOLF Benin
BGM Bugulma Air Enterprise BUGAVIA Russia
BGR Budget Air Bangladesh BUDGET AIR Bangladesh
BGT Bergen Air Transport BERGEN AIR Norway
BHA Buddha Air BUDDHA AIR Nepal
BHI Balkh Airlines SHARIF Afghanistan
BHL Bristow Helicopters BRISTOW United Kingdom
BHN Bristow Helicopters Nigeria BRISTOW HELICOPTERS Nigeria
BHO Bhoja Airlines BHOJA Pakistan
4T BHP Belair Airlines BELAIR Switzerland
BHR Bighorn Airways BIGHORN AIR United States
UP BHS Bahamasair BAHAMAS Bahamas
BHT Bright Air BRIGHTAIR Netherlands
E6 Bringer Air Cargo Taxi Aéreo Brazil
LZ Balkan Bulgarian Airlines Bulgaria defunct
TH BA Connect United Kingdom
BHY Bosphorus European Airways BOSPHORUS Turkey
BID Binair BINAIR Germany
BIG Big Island Air BIG ISLE United States
BS BIH British International Helicopters BRINTEL United Kingdom
BIL Billund Air Center BILAIR Denmark
BIN Boise Interagency Fire Center BISON-AIR United States
BIR Bird Leasing BIRD AIR United States
BIZ Bizjet Ltd BIZZ United Kingdom
BJA Baja Air BAJA AIR Mexico
BJC Baltic Jet Aircompany BALTIC JET Latvia
BJS Business Jet Solutions SOLUTION United States
B4 BKA Bankair BANKAIR United States
BKK Blink BLINKAIR United Kingdom
BKJ Barken International BARKEN JET United States
PG BKP Bangkok Airways BANGKOK AIR Thailand
BKV Bukovyna BUKOVYNA Ukraine
BLB Blue Bird Aviation BLUEBIRD SUDAN Sudan
BLC Bellesavia BELLESAVIA Belarus
BLE Blue Line BLUE BERRY France
KF BLF Blue1 BLUEFIN Finland
BLG Belgavia BELGAVIA Belgium
BLH Blue Horizon Travel Club BLUE HORIZON United States
BLJ Blue Jet BLUEWAY Spain
BLL Baltic Airlines BALTIC AIRLINES Russia
BLN Bali International Air Service BIAR Indonesia
JV BLS Bearskin Lake Air Service BEARSKIN Canada
BLT Baltic Aviation BALTAIR United States
B3 BLV Bellview Airlines BELLVIEW AIRLINES Nigeria
BD BMA BMI MIDLAND United Kingdom Ceased operations
BM BMR BMI Regional MIDLAND United Kingdom
BMD British Medical Charter BRITISH MEDICAL United Kingdom
BME Briggs Marine Environmental Services BRIGGS United Kingdom
BMH Bristow Masayu Helicopters MASAYU Indonesia
WW BMI Bmibaby BABY United Kingdom Ceased operations
CH BMJ Bemidji Airlines BEMIDJI United States
5Z BML Bismillah Airlines BISMILLAH Bangladesh
BMN Bowman Aviation BOWMAN United States
BMX Banco de Mexico BANXICO Mexico
BND Bond Offshore Helicopters BOND United Kingdom
BNE Benina Air BENINA AIR Libya
BNG BN Group Limited VECTIS United Kingdom
BNL Blue Nile Ethiopia Trading NILE TRADING Ethiopia
BNR Bonair Aviation BONAIR Canada
BNS Bancstar - Valley National Corporation BANCSTAR United States
BNT Bentiu Air Transport BENTIU AIR Sudan
BNV Benane Aviation Corporation BENANE Mauritania
BNW British North West Airlines BRITISH NORTH United Kingdom
BOA Boniair KUMANOVO Macedonia
BOD Bond Air Services UGABOND Uganda
BOE Boeing BOEING United States
BOF Bordaire BORDAIR Canada
BOO Bookajet Limited BOOKAJET United Kingdom
BO BOU Bouraq Indonesia Airlines BOURAQ Indonesia
BV BPA Blue Panorama Airlines BLUE PANOROMA Italy
BPK Berkhut ZK VENERA Kazakhstan
BPO Bundespolizei-Fliegertruppe PIROL Germany
BPS Budapest Aircraft Services/Manx2 BASE Hungary
BPT Bonus Aviation BONUS United Kingdom
BPX British Petroleum Exploration Colombia
7R BRB BRA-Transportes Aéreos BRA-TRANSPAEREOS Brazil
BRD Brock Air Services BROCK AIR Canada
BRE Breeze Ltd AVIABREEZE Ukraine
8E BRG Bering Air BERING AIR United States
BRK Briansk State Air Enterprise BRIANSK-AVIA Russia
BRN Branson Airlines BRANSON United States
BRO BASE Regional Airlines COASTRIDER Netherlands
BRS Brazilian Air Force BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE Brazil
BRT British Regional Airlines BRITISH United Kingdom
B2 BRU Belavia Belarusian Airlines BELARUS AVIA Belarus
BRV Bravo Air Congo BRAVO Democratic Republic of the Congo defunct
BRW Bright Aviation Services BRIGHT SERVICES Bulgaria
BN BNF Braniff International Airways Braniff United States defunct
BRX Buffalo Express Airlines BUFF EXPRESS United States
BRY Burundayavia BURAIR Kazakhstan
BSC Bistair - Fez BIG SHOT Kyrgyzstan
BSD Blue Star Airlines AIRLINES STAR Mexico
BSI Brasair Transportes Aéreos BRASAIR Brazil
BSJ Blue Swan Aviation BLUE SWAN United Kingdom ICAO Code and callsign (BSJ/BLUE SWAN) withdrawn
BSM Blue Sky Aviation Lebanon
BSS Bissau Aero Transporte BISSAU AIRSYSTEM Guinea-Bissau
BST Best Air TUNCA Turkey
BSW Blue Sky Airways SKY BLUE Czech Republic
GQ BSY Big Sky Airlines BIG SKY United States
V9 BTC BAL Bashkirian Airlines BASHKIRIAN Russia
BTH Baltijas Helicopters BALTIJAS HELICOPTERS Latvia
BTK Baltyka BALTYKA Ukraine
BQ BTL Baltia Air Lines BALTIA United States Callsign changed from "BALTIA FLIGHT" in 2015[2]
BTR Botir-Avia BOTIR-AVIA Kyrgyzstan
GAA Business Express BIZEX United States
Y6 BTV Batavia Air BATAVIA Indonesia As of June 1, 2010, IATA code changed to Y6.
L9 BTZ Bristow U.S. LLC BRISTOW United States
1T BUC Bulgarian Air Charter BULGARIAN CHARTER Bulgaria
BUL Blue Airlines BLUE AIRLINES Democratic Republic of the Congo
BU BUN Buryat Airlines Aircompany BURAL Russia
BUZ Buzz Stansted BUZZ United Kingdom
BVA Buffalo Airways BUFFALO AIR United States
BVC Bulgarian Aeronautical Centre BULGARIAN WINGS Bulgaria
BVN Baron Aviation Services SHOW-ME United States
J8 BVT Berjaya Air BERJAYA Malaysia
BVU Bellview Airlines, Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
QW BWG Blue Wings BLUE WINGS Germany defunct
BWI Blue Wing Airlines BLUE TAIL Suriname
BWL British World Airlines BRITWORLD United Kingdom
BXA Bahrain Executive Air Services BEXAIR Bahrain
SN BXI Brussels International Airlines XENIA Belgium
8W? BAX Global
BYA Berry Aviation BERRY United States
BYF San Carlos Flight Center BAY FLIGHT United States
BYL Bylina Joint-Stock Company BYLINA Russia
BYR Berytos Airlines Lebanon
BYE Bayu Indonesia Air BAYU Indonesia
BZA Bizair Fluggesellschaft BERLIN BEAR Germany
DB BZH Brit Air BRITAIR France
BZZ Butane Buzzard Aviation Corporation BUZZARD United Kingdom
AUJ Business Flight Salzburg AUSTROJET Austria
CKM BKS Air (Rivaflecha) COSMOS Spain
CLF Bristol Flying Centre CLIFTON United Kingdom
CLN Barnes Olsen Aeroleasing SEELINE United Kingdom
CPJ Baltimore Air Transport CORPJET United States
E9 CXS Boston-Maine Airways CLIPPER CONNECTION United States Pan Am Clipper Connection Pan Am III
SN BEL Brussels Airlines BEE-LINE Belgium
EAH Baltimore Airways EASTERN United States
EBA Bond Aviation BOND AVIATION Italy
EXB Brazilian Army Aviation BRAZILIAN ARMY Brazil
EXP Business Express Delivery EXPRESS AIR Canada
FOS Bel Limited Russia
HAW Bangkok Aviation Center THAI HAWK Thailand
HAX Benair SCOOP Norway
NT IBB Binter Canarias BINTER Spain
IRJ Bonyad Airlines BONYAD AIR Iran
IVR Burundaiavia RERUN Kazakhstan
KJ LAJ British Mediterranean Airways BEE MED United Kingdom
LBY Belle Air ALBAN-BELLE Albania
LED Blom Geomatics SWEEPER Norway
LTL Benin Littoral Airways LITTORAL Benin
LXJ Bombardier Business Jet Solutions FLEXJET United States
FB LZB Bulgaria Air FLYING BULGARIA Bulgaria
MBR Brazilian Navy Aviation BRAZILIAN NAVY Brazil
8N NKF Barents AirLink NORDFLIGHT Sweden previously Nordkalottflyg
NYB Belgian Navy BELGIAN NAVY Belgium
OGJ Bakoji Airlines Services BAKO AIR Nigeria
PEB Benders Air PALEMA Sweden
PNT Balmoral Central Contracts PORTNET South Africa
POI BGB Air BOJBAN Kazakhstan
PPS Butte Aviation PIPESTONE United States
RHD Bond Air Services RED HEAD United Kingdom
RLR Business Airfreight RATTLER United States
RPX BAC Express Airlines RAPEX United Kingdom
RRS Boscombe Down DERA (Formation) BLACKBOX United Kingdom
SCJ Business Jet Sweden SCANJET Sweden
SHT British Airways Shuttle SHUTTLE United Kingdom BA domestic services
SKH British Sky Broadcasting SKYNEWS United Kingdom
TXB Bell Helicopter Textron TEXTRON Canada
UKA Buzzaway Limited UKAY United Kingdom
VLX Biz Jet Charter AVOLAR United States
VOL Blue Chip Jet BLUE SPEED Sweden
WFD BAE Systems AVRO United Kingdom Woodford Flight Test
WTN BAE Systems TARNISH United Kingdom Warton Military Flight Ops
XBO Baseops International United States
XDA Bureau Veritas France
XMS British Airways Santa SANTA United Kingdom Christmas charter flights
ZBA Boskovic Air Charters Limited BOSKY Kenya
BLM Blue Sky Airlines BLUE ARMENIA Armenia

* on IATA code indicates a controlled duplicate. italics indicates a defunct airline.

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