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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
AOE Lvingstone Executive LIVINGSTONE AIR Italy
LZF Lease Fly SKYLEASE Portugal
LBR Lepl Project Limited (Air Costa) India
LHB Liebherr Geschaeftreiseflugzeug FAMILY Germany
LLD Lloyd Aviation Venezuela
LGA Logistic Air LOGAIR Malaysia
LGC Legacy Air LEGACY AIR Thailand
JKA LeTourneau University JACKET United States
LTY Liberty Air SKYDECK Netherlands
LWL Lowlevel CUB DRIVER Portugal
ARE LAN Colombia LAN COLOMBIA Colombia
LAX Laminar Air Spain
LWA Libyan Wings LIBYAN WINGS Libya
LCT Link Conexion Aerea CONEXION LINK Mexico
LYB Lynden Air Cargo HIGHLANDS Papua New Guinea
LAH L A Helicopter STAR SHIP United States
LJY L J Aviation ELJAY United States
LRB L R Airlines LADY RACINE Czech Republic
PHO L&L Flygbildteknik PHOTOFLIGHT Sweden
LEX L'Express Airlines LEX United States
FNT L-3 Communications Flight International Aviation FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL United States
JF LAB L.A.B. Flying Service LAB United States
LDE LADE - Líneas Aéreas Del Estado LADE Argentina
KG BNX LAI - Línea Aérea IAACA AIR BARINAS Venezuela
4M DSM Aero 2000 LAN AR Argentina
LNC LAN Dominica LANCANA Dominican Republic
LU LXP LAN Express LANEX Chile
NI LANICA Nicaragua
APT LAP Colombia - Líneas Aéreas Petroleras, S.A. LAP Colombia
OTN LASTP LASTP São Tomé and Príncipe
L5 Línea Aérea Cuencana Ecuador
LO LOT LOT Polish Airlines POLLOT Poland
JKA LeTourneau University JACKET United States
XO LTE LTE International Airways FUN JET Spain
LT LTU LTU International LTU Germany
JFC LTV Jet Fleet Corporation JET-FLEET United States
LUK LUKoil-Avia LUKOIL Russia
ASK La Ronge Aviation Services AIR SASK Canada
LVT La Valenciana Taxi Aéreo TAXIVALENCIANA Mexico
SKQ Labcorp SKYLAB United States
LAL Labrador Airways LAB AIR Canada
N6 JEV Lagun Air Spain
HCA Lake Havasu Air Service HAVASU United States
LKL Lakeland Aviation LAKELAND United States
LKR Laker Airways LAKER United States
LBH Laker Airways (Bahamas) LAKER BAHAMAS United States
LMR Lamra LAMAIR Sudan
TCR Lanaes Aereas Trans Costa Rica TICOS Costa Rica
ISL Landsflug ISLANDIA Iceland
PAP Langtry Flying Group PROFLIGHT United Kingdom
IK LKN Lankair Lankair Sri Lanka
QL RLN Lankan Cargo AERO LANKA Sri Lanka
LZT Lanzarote Aerocargo BARAKA Spain
LLL Lao Skyway LAVIE Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
QV LAO Lao Airlines LAO Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
LKA Lao Capricorn Air NAKLOA Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
L7 LPN Laoag International Airlines LAOAG AIR Philippines
LRD Laredo Air LAREDO AIR United States
LTC LatCharter LATCHARTER Latvia defunct
LAF Latvian Air Force LATVIAN AIRFORCE Latvia
NG LDA Lauda Air LAUDA AIR Austria
LDI Lauda Air Italy LAUDA ITALY Italy
LEP Laughlin Express LAUGHLIN EXPRESS United States
LSU Laus LAUS AIR Croatia
LAR Lawrence Aviation LAWRENCE United States
LAY Layang-Layang Aerospace LAYANG Malaysia
LPL Lease-a-Plane International LEASE-A-PLANE United States
LQ LAQ Lebanese Air Transport LAT Lebanon
LAT Lebanese Air Transport (charter) LEBANESE AIR Lebanon
LAD Lebanon Airport Development Corporation LADCO-AIR United States
LEB Lebap LEBAP Turkmenistan
LCA Leconte Airlines LECONTE United States
LI LIA Leeward Islands Air Transport LIAT Antigua and Barbuda
LGD Legend Airlines LEGENDARY United States
LWD Leisure Air LEISURE WORLD United States
LEN Lentini Aviation LENTINI United States
LOR Leo-Air LEO CHARTER South Africa
LEL Leonsa De Aviación LEONAVIA Spain
LYW Libyan Airlines LIBYAN AIRWAYS Libya
LN LAA Libyan Arab Airlines LIBAIR Libya
LCR Libyan Arab Air Cargo LIBAC Libya
LIQ Lid Air Sweden
LCG Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises CONGOLAISE Democratic Republic of the Congo
LKD Lignes Aeriennes Du Tchad LATCHAD Chad
LME Lignes Mauritaniennes Air Express LIMAIR EXPRESS Mauritania
GCB Lignes Nationales Aeriennes - Linacongo LINACONGO Republic of the Congo
GDQ Lincoln Air National Guard United States
LRT Lincoln Airlines Australia
LSY Lindsay Aviation LINDSAY AIR United States
NOT Línea Aérea Costa Norte COSTA NORTE Chile
LMC Línea Aérea Mexicana de Carga LINEAS DECARGA Mexico
L7 LNP Línea Aérea SAPSA SAPSA Chile
NEG Línea Aérea de Fumig Aguas Negras AGUAS NEGRAS Chile
QL LER Línea Aérea de Servicio Ejecutivo Regional LASER Venezuela
LSE Línea De Aeroservicios Chile
LD TUY Línea Turística Aereotuy AEREOTUY Venezuela
ALR Líneas Aéreas Alaire S.L. AEROLAIRE Spain
ZE LCD Líneas Aéreas Azteca LINEAS AZTECA Mexico defunct
LCN Líneas Aéreas Canedo LAC CANEDO Bolivia
LCM Líneas Aéreas Comerciales LINEAS COMERCIALES Mexico
EDD Líneas Aéreas Ejectuivas De Durango LINEAS DURANGO Mexico
EDR Líneas Aéreas Eldorado ELDORADRO Colombia
FED Líneas Aéreas Federales FEDERALES Argentina
LMN Líneas Aéreas Monarca LINEAS MONARCA Mexico
LIJ Líneas Aéreas San Jose LINEAS JOSE Mexico
UMA Líneas Aéreas del Humaya HUMAYA Mexico
LEC Linex LECA Central African Republic
SMS Linhas Aéreas Santomenses SANTOMENSES São Tomé and Príncipe
TM LAM Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique MOZAMBIQUE Mozambique
LAW Link Airways of Australia Australia
WGT Lion Air Services WORLDGATE United Kingdom
JT LNI Lion Mentari Airlines LION INTER Indonesia
LEU Lions-Air LIONSAIR Switzerland
LYF Lithuanian Air Force LITHUANIAN AIRFORCE Lithuania Safety Department
LRA Little Red Air Service LITTLE RED Canada
LM LVG Livingston LIVINGSTON Italy
LB LLB Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano LLOYDAEREO Bolivia
LNA Lnair Air Services ELNAIR Spain
XLG Lockheed Air Terminal United States
LAC Lockeed Aircraft Corporation LOCKHEED United States
XDD Lockheed DUATS United States
CBD Lockheed Martin Aeronautics CATBIRD United States
LNG Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company LIGHTNING United States
LC LOG Loganair LOGAN United Kingdom
CLV Lom Praha Flying School AEROTRAINING Czech Republic
LMS Lomas Helicopters LOMAS United Kingdom
LCY London City Airport Jet Centre LONDON CITY United Kingdom
LNX London Executive Aviation LONEX United Kingdom
LOV London Flight Centre (Stansted) LOVEAIR United Kingdom
LHC London Helicopter Centres MUSTANG United Kingdom
LSS Lone Star Airlines LONE STAR United States
ORA Long Island Airlines LONG ISLAND United States
LGT Longtail Aviation LONGTAIL Bermuda
LRR Lorraine Aviation LORRAINE France
LSC Los Cedros Aviación CEDROS Chile
LTW Luchtvaartmaatschappij Twente TWENTAIR Netherlands
LKE Lucky Air LUCKY AIR China
LUT Luft Carago LUGO South Africa
LVD Luftfahrt-Vermietungs-Dienst AIR SANTE Austria
HE LGW Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter WALTER Germany
LH DLH Lufthansa LUFTHANSA Germany
LH GEC Lufthansa Cargo LUFTHANSA CARGO Germany
CL CLH Lufthansa CityLine HANSALINE Germany
L1 Lufthansa Systems Germany
LHT Lufthansa Technik LUFTHANSA TECHNIK Germany
DV LTF Lufttaxi Fluggesellschaft Garfield Germany
L5 LTR Lufttransport LUFT TRANSPORT Norway
UNY Lund University School of Aviation UNIVERSITY Sweden
LG LGL Luxair LUXAIR Luxembourg
LXA Luxaviation RED LION Luxembourg
LUV Luxembourg Air Rescue LUX RESCUE Luxembourg
LFE Luxflight Executive LUX EXPRESS Luxembourg
LXO Luxor Air Egypt
LUZ Luzair LISBON JET Portugal
5V UKW Lviv Airlines UKRAINE WEST Ukraine
LYD Lydd Air LYDDAIR United Kingdom
LCH Lynch Flying Service LYNCH AIR United States
L2 LYC Lynden Air Cargo LYNDEN United States
LXF Lynx Air International LYNX FLIGHT United States
LYX Lynx Aviation LYNX AIR Pakistan
L4 SSX Lynx Aviation SHASTA United States Part of Frontier Airlines
Z8 AZN Línea Aérea Amaszonas Bolivia
MJ LPR Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas LAPA Argentina defunct
LAU Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas SURAMERICANO Colombia

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

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