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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
RVF Raven Alaska RAVEN FLIGHT United States 2014[1]
RGV RG Aviation Venezuela 2014[1]
WHH Richy Skylark Sri Lanka 2014[1]
KRS Rosen Aviation Japan 2014[1]
VCB Real Aero Club de Vizcaya Spain
RLH Ruili Airlines SENDI China
RIX Rectrix Aviation RECTRIX United States
RTO Rectimo Air Transports RACCOON France
RUT Reut Airways YADID Israel
WES Rainbow International Airlines WEST INDIAN United States
VRD Virgin America REDWOOD United States


Regent Airways REGENT Bangladesh
RJT RA Jet Aeroservicios RA JET Mexico
R6 RACSA Guatemala
BKH RAF Barkston Heath United Kingdom
CFN RAF Church Fenton CHURCH FENTON United Kingdom Church Fenton Flying Training Unit
COH RAF Coltishall COLT United Kingdom Coltishall Flying Training Unit
CBY RAF Coningsby TYPHOON United Kingdom Coningsby Flying Training Unit
COT RAF Cottesmore COTTESMORE United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Cottesmore Flying Training Unit) - No longer allocated
CWL RAF Cranwell CRANWELL United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Cranwell Flying Training Unit)
KIN RAF Kinloss KINLOSS United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Kinloss Flying Training Unit)
LEE RAF Leeming JAVELIN United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Leeming Flying Training Unit)
LCS RAF Leuchars LEUCHARS United Kingdom Royal Air Force
LOP RAF Linton-on-Ouse LINTON ON OUSE United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Linton-on-Ouse Flying Training Unit)
LOS RAF Lossiemouth LOSSIE United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Lossiemouth Flying Training Unit)
MRH RAF Marham MARHAM United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Marham Flying Training Unit)
NWO RAF Northwood United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Northwood Headquarters)
SMZ RAF Scampton SCAMPTON United Kingdom Royal Air Force
STN RAF St Athan SAINT ATHAN United Kingdom Royal Air Force
SMG RAF St Mawgan Search and Rescue United Kingdom Royal Air Force
TOF RAF Topcliffe Flying Training Unit TOPCLIFFE United Kingdom Royal Air Force
VYT RAF Valley Flying Training Unit ANGLESEY United Kingdom Royal Air Force
VLL RAF Valley SAR Training Unit United Kingdom Royal Air Force
WAD RAF Waddington VULCAN United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Waddington FTU)
WIT RAF Wittering STRIKER United Kingdom Royal Air Force (Wittering FTU)
RKM RAK Airways RAKAIR United Arab Emirates
RWL RWL Luftfahrtgesellschaft RHEINTRAINER Germany
RBB Rabbit-Air RABBIT Switzerland
ACE Race Cargo Airlines Fastcargo Ghana defunct
GBR Rader Aviation GREENBRIER AIR United States
1D Radixx Solutions International United States
RAJ Raji Airlines RAJI Pakistan
RFA Raleigh Flying Service RALEIGH SERVICE United States
REX Ram Air Freight RAM EXPRESS United States
RMT Ram Aircraft Corporation RAM FLIGHT United States
PPK Ramp 66 PELICAN United States
RGM Rangemile Limited RANGEMILE United Kingdom
MWR Raslan Air Service RASLAN Egypt
RAQ Rath Aviation RATH AVIATION Austria
CSM Ratkhan Air LORRY Kazakhstan
RVR Raven Air RAVEN United Kingdom
RVN Raven Air RAVEN U-S United States Qualiflight Training
REI Ray Aviation RAY AVIATION Israel
RYT Raya Jet Jordan
RTN Raytheon Aircraft Company RAYTHEON United States
RCJ Raytheon Corporate Jets NEWPIN United Kingdom
KSS Raytheon Travel Air KANSAS United States
RCB Real Aero Club De Baleares BALEARES Spain
CDT Real Aero Club de Reus-Costa Dorado AEROREUS Spain
RCD Real Aeroclub De Ternerife AEROCLUB Spain
RLV Real Aviation REAL Ghana
REB Rebus REBUS Bulgaria
PSH Red Aviation PASSION United Kingdom (Helidrome Limited)
RBN Red Baron Aviation RED BARON United States
DEV Red Devils Parachute Display Team RED DEVILS United Kingdom
RDV Red Sea Aviation RED AVIATION Egypt
RSV Red Sky Ventures RED SKY Namibia
STR Red Star STARLINE United Arab Emirates
8L RHC Redhill Aviation REDAIR United Kingdom
RAV Reed Aviation REED AVIATION United Kingdom
REF Reef Air REEF AIR New Zealand
V4 REK Reem Air REEM AIR Kyrgyzstan
RVV Reeve Aleutian Airways REEVE United States defunct
RBH Regal Bahamas International Airways CALYPSO Bahamas
RGY Regency Airlines REGENCY United States
RAH Regent Air REGENT Canada
RAG Regio Air GERMAN LINK Germany
RGR Region Air REGIONAIR Canada
TSH Regional 1 TRANSCANADA Canada
RIL Regional Air Mauritania
REW Regional Air Express REGIONAL WINGS Germany
REG Regional Air Services REGIONAL SERVICES Tanzania
FN RGL Regional Air Lines MAROC REGIONAL Morocco
ZL RXA Regional Express REX Australia
JJM Regional Geodata Air GEODATA Spain
3C CEA RegionsAir CORP-X United States formerly Corporate Airlines
REL Reliance Aviation RELIANCE AIR United States
RLT Reliant Airlines RELIANT United States
RTS Relief Transport Services RELIEF United Kingdom
RAN Renan RENAN Moldova
QQ ROA Reno Air RENO AIR United States defunct
RGS Renown Aviation RENOWN United States
RW RPA Republic Airlines BRICKYARD United States
RH RPH Republic Express Airlines PUBLIC EXPRESS Indonesia
RBC Republicair REPUBLICAIR Mexico
RST Resort Air RESORT AIR United States
RDS Rhoades Aviation RHOADES EXPRESS United States
RIU Riau Airlines RIAU AIR Indonesia
RIA Rich International Airways RICHAIR United States
RVC Richards Aviation RIVER CITY United States
RIC Richardson's Airway RICHARDSON United States
RCA Richland Aviation RICHLAND United States
HPR Rick Lucas Helicopters HELIPRO New Zealand
C7 RLE Rico Linhas Aéreas RICO Brazil
RID Ridder Avia AKRID Kazakhstan
RAK Riga Airclub SPORT CLUB Latvia
RAZ Rijnmond Air Services RIJNMOND Netherlands
POL Rikspolisstyrelsen Sweden
RIM Rimrock Airlines RIMROCK United States
SKA Rio Air Express RIO EXPRESS Brazil
REO Rio Airways RIO United States
E2 GRN Rio Grande Air GRANDE United States defunct
RL RIO Rio Linhas Aéreas RIO Brazil
SL RSL Rio Sul Serviços Aéreos Regionais RIO SUL Brazil defunct
RVM River Ministries Air Charter RIVER South Africa
RGP River State Government of Nigeria GARDEN CITY Nigeria
UNR Rivne Universal Avia RIVNE UNIVERSAL Ukraine
RDL Roadair Lines ROADAIR Canada
RBT Robinton Aero ROBIN Dominican Republic
V2 RBY Vision Airlines RUBY United States Charter Airline and Las Vegas Tours
ROX Roblex Aviation ROBLEX United States
RKW Rockwell Collins Avionics ROCKWELL United States
ROC Rocky Mountain Airlines Canada
RMA Rocky Mountain Airways ROCKY MOUNTAIN United States
LIF Rocky Mountain Holdings LIFECARE United States
RDZ Rodze Air RODZE AIR Nigeria
RRZ Rollright Aviation ROLLRIGHT United Kingdom
RRL Rolls-Royce Limited MERLIN United Kingdom Military Aviation
BTU Rolls-Royce plc ROLLS United Kingdom Rolls Royce Bristol Engine Division
ROF Romanian Air Force ROMAF Romania
RMV Romavia AEROMAVIA Romania
RNS Ronso RONSO Mexico
ROR Roraima Airways RORAIMA Guyana
RNB Rosneft-Baltika ROSBALT Russia
NRG Ross Aviation ENERGY United States
RFS Rossair Australia
RSS Rossair ROSS CHARTER South Africa
ROS Rossair Europe CATCHER Netherlands
FV SDM Rossiya RUSSIA Russia Airline merged with Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise and renamed to Rossiya
RAL Roswell Airlines ROSWELL United States
GZ RAR Air Rarotonga AIR RAROTONGA Cook Islands
RTR Rotatur ROTATUR Brazil
RKT Rotormotion ROCKET United Kingdom
JCR Rotterdam Jet Center ROTTERDAM JETCENTER Netherlands
ROV Rover Airways International ROVERAIR United States
VOS Rovos Air ROVOS South Africa
RCG Royal Air Cargo ROYAL CARGO South Africa
RR RFR Royal Air Force RAFAIR United Kingdom
RS MJN Royal Air Force of Oman MAJAN Oman
ACW Royal Air Force AIR CADET United Kingdom Air Cadet Schools
RRR Royal Air Force ASCOT United Kingdom RAF HQSTC (Air Transport)
RRF Royal Air Force KITTY United Kingdom RAF positioning flights
SHF Royal Air Force VORTEX United Kingdom Support Helicopter Force
RAX Royal Air Freight AIR ROYAL United States
AT RAM Royal Air Maroc ROYALAIR MAROC Morocco
R0 RPK Royal Airlines ROYAL PAKISTAN Pakistan
RLM Royal American Airways ROYAL AMERICAN United States
V5 RYL Royal Aruban Airlines ROYAL ARUBAN Aruba
ASY Royal Australian Air Force AUSSIE Australia Used by RAAF units internationally
RXP Royal Aviation Express ROY EXPRESS Canada
RYB Royal Bahrain Airlines ROYAL BAHRAIN Bahrain
BI RBA Royal Brunei Airlines BRUNEI Brunei
KDR Royal Daisy Airlines DARLINES Uganda
RGA Royal Ghanaian Airlines ROYAL GHANA Ghana
ROJ Royal Jet ROYALJET United Arab Emirates
RJ RJA Royal Jordanian JORDANIAN Jordan
RJZ Royal Jordanian Air Force JORDAN AIR FORCE Jordan
RK RCT Skyview Airways GREENSKY THAILAND 2014[1]
RK RKH Royal Khmer Airlines KHMER AIR Cambodia
RMF Royal Malaysian Air Force ANGKASA Malaysia
NVY Royal Navy NAVY United Kingdom
NRN Royal Netherland Navy NETHERLANDS NAVY Netherlands Koninklijke Marine
NAF Royal Netherlands Air Force NETHERLANDS AIR FORCE Netherlands
KIW Royal New Zealand Air Force KIWI New Zealand
NOW Royal Norwegian Air Force NORWEGIAN Norway
ROP Royal Oman Police Oman
RL PPW Royal Phnom Penh Airways PHNOM-PENH AIR Cambodia
RRA Royal Rwanda Airlines ROYAL RWANDA Rwanda
RSF Royal Saudi Air Force ARSAF Saudi Arabia
RYS Royal Sky ROYAL SKY Thailand
RSN Royal Swazi National Airways SWAZI NATIONAL Swaziland
WR HRH Royal Tongan Airlines TONGA ROYAL Tonga
RWE Royal West Airlines ROYAL WEST United States
RSB Rubystar RUBYSTAR Belarus
RMG Rumugu Air & Space Nigeria RUMUGU AIR Nigeria
RUR Rusaero Russia
KLE Rusaero Russia Centre for Civil Aviation Services
RUH Rusich-T Russia
RLU Rusline RUSLINE AIR Russia
MIG Russian Aircraft Corporation-MiG MIG AVIA Russia
RFF Russian Federation Air Force RUSSIAN AIRFORCE Russia
P7 ESL Russian Sky Airlines RADUGA Russia
RUZ Rusuertol ROSTUERTOL Russia
RUC Rutas Aéreas RUTACA Venezuela
RND Rutland Aviation RUTLAND United Kingdom
RUA Rwanda Airlines Rwanda
RWA Rwanda Airways Rwanda
WB RWD Rwandair Express RWANDAIR Rwanda
7S RCT Ryan Air Service ARCTIC TRANSPORT United States
RYA Ryan Air Services RYAN AIR United States
RD RYN Ryan International Airlines RYAN INTERNATIONAL United States
FR RYR Ryanair RYANAIR Ireland
RYZ Ryazan State Air Enterprise RYAZAN AIR Russia
RAA Rynes Aviation RYNES AVIATION United States
YS RAE Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne REGIONAL EUROPE France

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

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