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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:

All - 0-9 - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

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.

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.

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.

Clearly companies' names will change over time, normally due to bankruptcies or mergers occurring. 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
DDA D & D Aviation DUSTY United States
DNK D&K Aviation DIRECT JET United States
V5 VPA DanubeWings VIP TAXI Slovakia
DHE DAP Helicopteros HELIDAP Chile
VLF DFS UK Limited VOLANTE United Kingdom
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
BDN DERA Boscombe Down GAUNTLET United Kingdom
DET DETA Air SAMAL Kazakhstan
DAE DHL Aero Expreso YELLOW Panama
DHV DHL Aviation WORLDSTAR South Africa
ES DHX DHL International DILMUN Bahrain
L3 JOS DHL de Guatemala Guatemala
D3 DAO Daallo Airlines DALO AIRLINES Djibouti
N2 DAG Dagestan Airlines DAGAL Russia
DHA Dahla Airlines Democratic Republic of Congo
DCS Daimler Chrysler Aviation TWIN STAR Germany
DCX Daimler-Chrysler DAIMLER United States
DKA Daka Kazakhstan
DLR Dala Air Services DALA AIR Nigeria
H8 KHB Dalavia DALAVIA Russia
DXP Dallas Express Airlines DALLAS EXPRESS United States
DAS Damascene Airways AIRDAM Syrian Arab Republic
DSA Danbury Airways DANBURY AIRWAYS United States
DOP Dancopter DANCOPTER Denmark
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
DRT Darta DARTA France
0D DWT Darwin Airline DARWIN Switzerland
DSQ Dasab Airlines DASAB AIR Uganda
DSH Dash Air Charter DASH CHARTER United States
GOB Dash Aviation PILGRIM United Kingdom
DGX Dasnair DASNA Switzerland
DAB Dassault Aviation France
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
D5 DAU Dauair DAUAIR Germany
DCO David Crawshaw Consultants Limited United Kingdom
DWN Dawn Air DAWN AIR United States
DJS DayJet DAYJET United States
DAY Daya Aviation DAYA Sri Lanka
DHC De Havilland DEHAVILLAND Canada
IAY Deadalos Flugtbetriebs IASON Austria
DAA Decatur Aviation DECUR United States
DKN Deccan Aviation DECCAN India
DLK Deccan Aviation (Lanka) DEKKANLANKA Sri Lanka
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
DNM Denim Air DENIM Netherlands
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
MIZ Desarrollo Milaz MILAZ Mexico
DTY Destiny Air Services DESTINY Sierra Leone
2A Deutsche Bahn Germany
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
D7 RDN Dinar AERO DINAR Argentina defunct
DIP Diplomatic Freight Services DIPFREIGHT United Kingdom
ENA Direccion General de Aviacion 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
UDN Dniproavia DNIEPRO Ukraine
FDN Dolphin Air FLYING DOLPHIN United Arab Emirates
IXX Dolphin Express Airlines ISLAND EXPRESS United States
DPL Dome Petroleum DOME Canada
MYO Dominguez Toledo (Grupo Mayoral) MAYORAL Spain
DO DOA Dominicana de AviaciĆ³n DOMINICANA Dominican Republic defunct
E3 DMO Domodedovo Airlines DOMODEDOVO Russia defunct
DVB Don Avia DONSEBAI Kazakhstan
DON Donair Flying Club DONAIR United Kingdom
5D UDC DonbassAero DONBASS AERO Ukraine
DAD Dorado Air DORADO AIR Dominican Republic
DOR Dornier DORNIER Germany
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
DRE Drummond Island Air MICHIGAN United States
DUB Dubai Airwing DUBAI United Arab Emirates
DBK Dubrovnik Air SEAGULL Croatia
DUK Ducair LION KING Luxembourg
DBJ Duchess of Britany (Jersey) Limited DUCHESS United Kingdom
LPD UK Royal/HRH Duke of York LEOPARD United Kingdom
DUN Dun'Air DUNAIR Mauritania
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
DBR Dutchbird DUTCHBIRD Netherlands
DFS Dwyer Aircraft Services DWYAIR United States
XDY Dynair Services United States
DNR Dynamair Aviation DYNAMAIR Canada
DYE Dynamic Air DYNAMIC Netherlands
DI BAG dba SPEEDWAY Germany defunct

* on IATA code indicates a controlled duplicate.

italics indicates a defunct airline.

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