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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
HLA HC Airlines HEAVYLIFT United Kingdom
HWD HPM Investments FLITEWISE United Kingdom
KTR HT Helikoptertransport COPTER TRANS Sweden
AHT HTA Helicopteros HELIAPRA Portugal
Hacienda Airlines United States defunct - 1957 to July 10, 1962
FMS Hadison Aviation HADI United States
H6 HAG Hageland Aviation Services HAGELAND United States
POW Hagondale Limited AIRNET United Kingdom
HR HHN Hahn Air ROOSTER Germany
HU CHH Hainan Airlines HAINAN China
1R Hainan Phoenix Information Systems China
HLS Haiti Air Freight Haiti
2T HAM Haiti Ambassador Airlines Haiti
HTI Haiti International Air HAITI INTERNATIONAL Haiti
HRB Haiti International Airline HAITI AIRLINE Haiti
HNR Haiti National Airlines (HANA) HANAIR Haiti
HTN Haiti North Airline Haiti
HTC Haiti Trans Air HAITI TRANSAIR Haiti
HBC Haitian Aviation Line HALISA Haiti
HAJ Hajvairy Airlines HAJVAIRY Pakistan
HLH Hala Air HALA AIR Sudan
HCV Halcyonair CREOLE Cape Verde
4R HHI Hamburg International HAMBURG JET Germany
HJL Hamlin Jet BIZJET United Kingdom
HMM Hamra Air HAMRA United Arab Emirates
WVA Hand D Aviation WABASH VALLEY United States
HGR Hangar 8 HANG United Kingdom
HGD Hangard Aviation HANGARD Mongolia
HAN Hansung Airlines HANSUNG AIR Republic of Korea
X3 HLX Hapag-Lloyd Express (TUIfly) YELLOW CAB Germany
HF HLF Hapagfly HAPAG LLOYD Germany TUIfly
HB HAR Harbor Airlines HARBOR United States
HQ HMY Harmony Airways HARMONY Canada
NBR Haughey Air NORBROOK United Kingdom
PYN Haverfordwest Air Charter Services POYSTON United Kingdom
HAV Havilah Air Services HAVILAH Nigeria
HA HAL Hawaiian Airlines HAWAIIAN United States
HP Hawaiian Pacific Airlines United States defunct
HKR Hawk Air AIR HAW Argentina
HMX Hawk De Mexico HAWK MEXICO Mexico
BH Hawkair Canada
HKI Hawkaire HAWKEYE United States
HZL Hazelton Airlines HAZELTON Australia Defunct.
HN HVY Heavylift Cargo Airlines HEAVY CARGO Australia
HVL Heavylift International HEAVYLIFT INTERNATIONAL United Arab Emirates
HDC Helcopteros De Cataluna HELICATALUNA Spain
HCB Helenair (Barbados) HELEN Barbados
HCL Helenair Corporation HELENCORP Saint Lucia
HHP Helenia Helicopter Service HELENIA Denmark
HLR Heli Air Services HELI BULGARIA Bulgaria
ALJ Heli Ambulance Team ALPIN HELI Austria
HEB Heli Bernina HELIBERNINA Switzerland
8H HFR Heli France HELIFRANCE France
HYH Heli Hungary HELIHUNGARY Hungary
HLM Heli Medwest De Mexico HELIMIDWEST Mexico
HLI Heli Securite HELI SAINT-TROPEZ France
HTP Heli Trip HELI TRIP Mexico
HLU Heli Union Heli Prestations HELI UNION France
MCM Heli-Air-Monaco HELI AIR Monaco
HHE Heli-Holland HELI HOLLAND Netherlands
HRA Heli-Iberica ERICA Spain
HIF Heli-Iberica Fotogrametria HIFSA Spain
HIG Heli-Inter Guyane INTER GUYANNE France
HLK Heli-Link HELI-LINK Switzerland
HMC Heliamerica De Mexico HELIAMERICA Mexico
HEA Heliavia-Transporte Aereo HELIAVIA Portugal
CDY Heliaviation Limited CADDY United Kingdom
HIB Helibravo Aviacao HELIBRAVO Portugal
HLC Helicap HELICAP France
COV Helicentre Coventry HELICENTRE United Kingdom
HEL Helicol HELICOL Colombia
HCP Helicopter HELI CZECH Czech Republic
JKY Helicopter & Aviation Services JOCKEY United Kingdom
MVK Helicopter Training & Hire MAVRIK United Kingdom
HAP Helicopteros Aero Personal HELIPERSONAL Mexico
HAA Helicopteros Agroforestal AGROFORESTAL Chile
HNT Helicopteros Internacionales HELICOP INTER Mexico
HEN Helicopteros Y Vehiculos Nacionales Aereos HELINAC Mexico
HHH Helicsa HELICSA Spain
JB JBA Helijet HELIJET Canada
HDR Helikopterdrift HELIDRIFT Norway
SCO Helikopterservice Euro Air SWEDCOPTER Sweden
OCE Heliocean HELIOCEAN France
ZU HCY Helios Airways HELIOS Cyprus
HLP Helipistas HELIPISTAS Spain
HPL Heliportugal HELIPORTUGAL Portugal
HEC Heliservicio Campeche HELICAMPECHE Mexico
HSU Helisul HELIS Portugal
HSI Heliswiss HELISWISS Switzerland
HLT Helitafe HELITAFE Mexico
HIT Helitalia HELITALIA Italy
OFA Helitaxi Ofavi OFAVI Mexico
HTA Helitrans SCANBIRD Norway
HTS Helitrans Air Service HELITRANS United States
HLW Heliworks HELIWORKS Chile
T4 HEJ Hellas Jet HELLAS JET Greece
HW FHE Hello FLYHELLO Switzerland
HLG Helog HELOG Switzerland
2L OAW Helvetic Airways HELVETIC Switzerland
DU HMS Hemus Air HEMUS AIR Bulgaria
HAC Henebury Aviation Australia
SSH Heritiage Flight (Valley Air Services) SNOWSHOE United States
MRX Herman's Markair Express SPEEDMARK United States
HED Heritage Aviation Developments FLAPJACK United Kingdom
EO ALX Hewa Bora Airways ALLCONGO Democratic Republic of the Congo
HHS Hi-Jet Helicopter Services HIJET Suriname
5K HFY Hi Fly SKY FLYER Portugal
HLB High-Line Airways HIGH-LINE Canada
HWY Highland Airways HIWAY United Kingdom
HIS Hispaniola Airways HISPANIOLA Dominican Republic
HGA Hogan Air HOGAN AIR United States
NTH Hokkaido Air System NORTH AIR Japan
HD ADO Hokkaido International Airlines AIR DO Japan
ABH Hokuriki-Koukuu Company Japan
H5 HOA Hola Airlines HOLA Spain
HIN Holding International Group HOLDING GROUP Mexico
HOL Holiday Airlines HOLIDAY United States
HTR Holstenair Lubeck HOLSTEN Germany
HMV Homac Aviation HOMAC Luxembourg
HAS Honduras Airlines HONDURAS AIR Honduras
N8 CRK Hong Kong Airlines BAUHINIA Hong Kong SAR of China IATA changed from HX on May 27, 2007
UO HKE Hong Kong Express Airways HONGKONG SHUTTLE Hong Kong SAR of China
HEX Honiara Cargo Express HONIARA CARGO Solomon Islands
HPJ Hop-A-Jet HOPA-JET United States
HH Hope Air HOPE AIR Canada
QX QXE Horizon Air HORIZON AIR United States
KOK Horizon Air Service KOKO United States
HSM Horizon Air for Transport and Training ALOFUKAIR Libya
HOR Horizon Air-Taxi HORIZON Switzerland
BN HZA Horizon Airlines HORIZON Australia defunct
HPS Horizon Plus HORIZON PLUS Bangladesh
HUD Horizons Unlimited HUD United States
HOZ Horizontes Aereos HORIZONTES AEREOS Mexico
HDI Hoteles Dinamicos DINAMICOS Mexico
HHO Houston Helicopters HOUSTON HELI United States
GGV Houston Jet Services GREGG AIR Austria
OZU Hozu-Avia HOZAVIA Kazakhstan
HUB Hub Airlines HUB United States
HUS Huessler Air Service HUESSLER United States
GMH Hughes Aircraft Company HUGHES EXPRESS United States
WHR Hummingbird Helicopter Service WHIRLEYBIRD United States
HUV Hunair Hungarian Airlines SILVER EAGLE Hungary
HUF Hungarian Air Force HUNGARIAN AIRFORCE Hungary
HYA Hyack Air HYACK Canada
HYC Hydro Air Flight Operations HYDRO CARGO South Africa
HYD Hydro-Québec HYDRO Canada
H4 Héli Sécurité Helicopter Airlines France

* on IATA code indicates a controlled duplicate.

italics indicates a defunct airline.

See also

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