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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
JCB J C Bamford (Excavators) JAYSEEBEE United Kingdom
RFX J P Hunt Air Carriers REFLEX United States J P Hunt Air Carriers
XM J-Air J AIR Japan
JC JEX JAL Express JANEX Japan
JDA JDAviation JAY DEE United Kingdom
JHM JHM Cargo Expreso Costa Rica
TQM JM Family Aviation TACOMA United States
JMC JMC Airlines JAYEMMSEE United Kingdom
1M JSC Transport Automated Information Systems Russia
JCK Jackson Air Services JACKSON Canada
JAE Jade Cargo International JADE CARGO China
JAW Jamahiriya Airways JAW Libya
JMB Jambo Africa Airlines JAMBOAFRICA Democratic Republic of Congo
JAK Jana-Arka YANZAR Kazakhstan
JAX Janair JANAIR United States
JAC Japan Air Commuter COMMUTER Japan
JSV Japan Aircraft Service Japan
JL JAL Japan Airlines JAPANAIR Japan Japan Airlines International
JL JAL Japan Airlines Domestic J-BIRD Japan defunct
EG JAA Japan Asia Airways ASIA Japan
NU JTA Japan Transocean Air JAI OCEAN Japan
JU JAT Jat Airways JAT Serbia
VJ JTY Jatayu Airlines JATAYU Indonesia
J9 JZR Jazeera Airways JAZEERA Kuwait
7C JJA Jeju Air JEJU AIR Republic of Korea
JNY Jenney Beechcraft JENAIR United States
XLD Jeppesen Data Plan United States
JPN Jeppesen UK JETPLAN United Kingdom
JEA Jet Air JETA Poland
JSI Jet Air Group SISTEMA Russia JSC
9W JAI Jet Airways JET AIRWAYS India
QJ Jet Airways United States
JTX Jet Aspen Air Lines JET ASPEN United States
PJS Jet Aviation JETAVIATION Switzerland
BZF Jet Aviation Business Jets BIZFLEET United States
JCF Jet Center Flight Training JET CENTER Spain
JCT Jet Charter JET CHARTER United States
JCX Jet Connection JET CONNECT Germany
DWW Jet Courier Service DON JUAN United States
JED Jet East International JET EAST United States
JEI Jet Executive International Charter JET EXECUTIVE Germany
RZA Jet Fighter Flights RAZOR Australia
CFT Jet Freighters CASPER FREIGHT United States
JGD Jet G&D Aviation JET GEE-AND-DEE Israel
MJL Jet Line International MOLDJET Moldova
JEK Jet Link JET OPS Israel
HTL Jet Link Aviation HEARTLAND United States
JNR Jet Norte JET NORTE Mexico
JRN Jet Rent JET RENT Mexico
JDI Jet Service JEDI Poland
3K JSA Jetstar Asia Airways JETSTAR ASIA Singapore
JSM Jet Stream JET STREAM Moldova
JTC Jet Trans Aviation JETRANS Ghana
JTT Jet-2000 MOSCOW JET Russia
OPS Jet-Ops OPS-JET United Arab Emirates
LS EXS CHANNEX United Kingdom
JFU Jet4You ARGAN Morocco
OSW JetAfrica Swaziland BEVO Swaziland
B6 JBU JetBlue Airways JETBLUE United States
JMG JetMagic JET MAGIC Ireland
JF JAF Jetairfly BEAUTY Belgium
JTL Jetall Holdings FIREFLY Canada
JAG Jetalliance JETALLIANCE Austria
0J JCS Jetclub JETCLUB Switzerland
UEJ Jetcorp JETCORP United States (United Executive Jet)
JCC Jetcraft Aviation JETCRAFT Australia
JXA Jetex Aviation Lebanon
JEF Jetflite JETFLITE Finland
JFL Jetfly Airlines LINEFLYER Austria
JIC Jetgo International JIC-JET Thailand
JLX Jetlink Express KEN JET Kenya
JLH Jetlink Holland Netherlands
JNV Jetnova de Aviacion Ejecutiva JETNOVA Spain
JPO Jetpro JETPRO Mexico
MDJ Jetran Air JETRAN AIR Romania
JRI Jetrider International JETRIDER United Kingdom
JEJ Jets Ejecutivos MEXJETS Mexico
JEP Jets Personales JET PERSONALES Spain
JSE Jets Y Servicios Ejecutivos SERVIJETS Mexico
SG JGO JetsGo JETSGO Canada defunct
JQ JST Jetstar Airways JETSTAR Australia
JSH Jetstream Air STREAM-AIR Hungary
JXT Jetstream Executive Travel VANNIN United Kingdom
JPQ Jett Paqueteria JETT PAQUETERIA Mexico
JX JEC Jett8 Airlines Cargo Singapore
JTG Jettime JETTIME Denmark
JTN Jettrain Corporation JETTRAIN United States
JWY Jetways of Iowa JETWAYS United States
GX JXX JetX Airlines JETBIRD Iceland
JIB Jibair JIBAIRLINE Djibouti
JSW Jigsaw Project JIGSAW United Kingdom Bristow Helicopters
HKN Jim Hankins Air Service HANKINS United States
RAS Jim Ratliff Air Service SHANHIL United States
JDG Joanas Avialinijos LADYBLUE Lithuania
JBR Job Air JOBAIR Czech Republic
JHN Johnson Air AIR JOHNSON United States
JON Johnsons Air JOHNSONSAIR Ghana
JMJ Johnston Airways JOHNSTON United States
JMM Joint Military Commission JOICOMAR Sudan
JMT Jomartaxi Aereo JOMARTAXI Mexico
ODI Jonsson, H Air Taxi ODINN Iceland
R5 JAV Jordan Aviation JORDAN AVIATION Jordan
JCI Jordan International Air Cargo Jordan
JVK Jorvik ISLANDIC Iceland
JUR Ju-Air JUNKERS Switzerland
JFS Juanda Flying School JAEMCO Indonesia
JUC Juba Cargo Services & Aviation Company JUBA CARGO Sudan
JUB Jubba Airways JUBBA Somalia
DKE Jubilee Airways DUKE United Kingdom
DKH Juneyao Airlines JUNEYAO AIRLINES China
MEY Justair Scandinavia MELODY Sweden
DOJ Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System JUSTICE United States

* on IATA code indicates a controlled duplicate.

italics indicates a defunct airline.

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