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.
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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 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:
- after an airline is delisted, the code becomes available for reuse after six months;
- 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.
An example is:
- Three-letter designator – AAL
- Telephony designator – AMERICAN
- Operator – American Airlines
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.
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.
|DRF||Dream Flyers Training Center||Spain|
|NAU||Danaus Lineas Aereas||DANAUS||Mexico|
|DDA||D & D Aviation||DUSTY||United States|
|DNK||D&K Aviation||DIRECT JET||United States|
|V5||VPA||DanubeWings||VIP TAXI||Slovakia||Former names VIP Air and VIP Wings|
|VLF||DFS UK Limited||VOLANTE||United Kingdom|
|WD||DSR||DAS Air Cargo||DAIRAIR||Uganda|
|RKC||DAS Airlines||DAS CONGO||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|DX||DTR||DAT Danish Air Transport||DANISH||Denmark|
|ENT||DAT Enterprise Limited||DATENT||United Kingdom||defunct|
|BDN||DERA Boscombe Down||GAUNTLET||United Kingdom|
|DGO||DGO Jet||DGO JET||Mexico|
|DAE||DHL Aero Expreso||YELLOW||Panama|
|DHK||DHL Air||WORLD EXPRESS||United Kingdom|
|DHV||DHL Aviation||WORLDSTAR||South Africa|
|L3||JOS||DHL de Guatemala||Guatemala|
|D3||DAO||Daallo Airlines||DALO AIRLINES||Djibouti|
|DHA||Dahla Airlines||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|DCS||Daimler Chrysler Aviation||TWIN STAR||Germany|
|DLR||Dala Air Services||DALA AIR||Nigeria|
|DXP||Dallas Express Airlines||DALLAS EXPRESS||United States|
|DAS||Damascene Airways||AIRDAM||Syrian Arab Republic|
|DSA||Danbury Airways||DANBURY AIRWAYS||United States|
|DAF||Danish Air Force||DANISH AIRFORCE||Denmark|
|DAR||Danish Army||DANISH ARMY||Denmark|
|DNY||Danish Navy||DANISH NAVY||Denmark|
|DNU||Danu Oro Transportas||DANU||Lithuania|
|DSQ||Dasab Airlines||DASAB AIR||Uganda|
|DSH||Dash Air Charter||DASH CHARTER||United States|
|GOB||Dash Aviation||PILGRIM||United Kingdom|
|CVF||Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation||CLOVERLEAF||United States|
|DSO||Dassault Falcon Service||DASSAULT||France|
|DTN||Data International||DATA AIR||Sudan|
|XDT||Date Transformation Corp||United States|
|DCO||David Crawshaw Consultants Limited||United Kingdom|
|DWN||Dawn Air||DAWN AIR||United States|
|DAY||Daya Aviation||DAYA||Sri Lanka|
|DAA||Decatur Aviation||DECUR||United States|
|DER||Deer Jet||DEER JET||China|
|JDC||Deere and Company||JOHN DEERE||United States|
|DWR||Delaware Skyways||DELAWARE||United States|
|DEA||Delta Aerotaxi||JET SERVICE||Italy|
|SNO||Delta Air Charter||SNOWBALL||Canada|
|ELJ||Delta Air Elite||ELITE JET||United States|
|DL||DAL||Delta Air Lines||DELTA||United States|
|KMB||Delta Engineering Aviation||KEMBLEJET||United Kingdom|
|DLI||Delta Express International||DELTA EXPRESS||Ukraine|
|DSU||Delta State University||DELTA STATE||United States|
|FEC||Denver Express||FALCON EXPRESS||United States|
|DJT||Denver Jet||DENVER JET||United States|
|FGC||Departmento De Agricultura De La Generalitat De Cataluna||FORESTALES||Spain|
|DRY||Deraya Air Taxi||DERAYA||Indonesia|
|DRX||Des R Cargo Express||Mauritania|
|DTY||Destiny Air Services||DESTINY||Sierra Leone|
|1I||AMB||Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht||CIVIL AIR AMBULANCE||Germany|
|LFO||Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft-und Raumfahrt EV||LUFO||Germany|
|DIS||Di Air||DI AIR||Serbia|
|SPK||Diamond Aviation||SPARKLE||United States|
|DRB||Didier Rousset Buy||DIDIER||Chile|
|DGT||Digital Equipment Corporation||DIGITAL||United States|
|DIP||Diplomatic Freight Services||DIPFREIGHT||United Kingdom|
|ENA||Dirección General de Aviación Civil y Telecomunicasciones||ENA||Spain|
|DIA||Direct Air||BLUE SKY||United States|
|XAP||Direct Air trading as Midway Connection||MID-TOWN||United States|
|DCT||Direct Flight||United Kingdom|
|SXP||Direct Fly||EXPRESS SKY||Poland||defunct|
|AW||DIR||Dirgantara Air Service||DIRGANTARA||Indonesia|
|DCV||Discover Air||DISCOVER||United States|
|DH||DVA||Discovery Airways||DISCOVERY AIRWAYS||United States|
|XDS||Dispatch Services||United States|
|DIX||Dix Aviation||DIX FLIGHT||Germany|
|DEE||Dixie Airways||TACAIR||United States|
|D8||DJB||Djibouti Airlines||DJIBOUTI AIR||Djibouti|
|FDN||Dolphin Air||FLYING DOLPHIN||United Arab Emirates|
|IXX||Dolphin Express Airlines||ISLAND EXPRESS||United States|
|MYO||Dominguez Toledo (Grupo Mayoral)||MAYORAL||Spain|
|DO||DOA||Dominicana de Aviación||DOMINICANA||Dominican Republic||defunct|
|DON||Donair Flying Club||DONAIR||United Kingdom|
|DAD||Dorado Air||DORADO AIR||Dominican Republic|
|DAV||Dornier Aviation Nigeria||DANA AIR||Nigeria|
|DOM||Dos Mundos||DOS MUNDOS||Dominican Republic|
|KA||HDA||Dragonair, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines||DRAGON||Hong Kong|
|DCA||Dreamcatcher Airways||DREAM CATCHER||United Kingdom|
|KB||DRK||Druk Air||ROYAL BHUTAN||Bhutan|
|DRE||Drummond Island Air||MICHIGAN||United States|
|DUB||Dubai Airwing||DUBAI||United Arab Emirates|
|DBJ||Duchess of Britany (Jersey) Limited||DUCHESS||United Kingdom|
|LPD||UK Royal/HRH Duke of York||LEOPARD||United Kingdom|
|PHD||Duncan Aviation||PANHANDLE||United States|
|VVF||Dunyaya Bakis Hava Tasimaciligi||WORLDFOCUS||Turkey|
|DUO||Duo Airways||FLY DUO||United Kingdom|
|DJE||Durango Jet||DURANGO JET||Mexico|
|DNL||Dutch Antilles Express||DUTCH ANTILLES||Netherlands Antilles|
|DCE||Dutch Caribbean Express||DUTCH CARIBBEAN||Netherlands Antilles|
|DFS||Dwyer Aircraft Services||DWYAIR||United States|
|XDY||Dynair Services||United States|
|DI||BAG||Dba||SPEEDWAY||Germany||Merged into Air Berlin|
* on IATA code indicates a controlled duplicate.
italics indicates a defunct airline.
- International Civil Aviation Organization (official site)
- ICAO On-line Publications Purchasing (official site)
- Airline Designator / Code Database Search (from The Airline Codes Web Site)
- Airline Designator / Code Database Search (from Aviation Codes Central Web Site - Regular Updates)
- Airline Designator/Code Listing (from FAA Web Site)