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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
KDC K D Air Corporation KAY DEE Canada
KMI K-Mile Air KAY-MILE AIR Thailand
WA KLC KLM Cityhopper CITY Netherlands
KLH KLM Helicopter KLM HELI Netherlands
KL KLM KLM KLM Netherlands
N2 QNK Kabo Air KABO Nigeria
KMC Kahama Mining Corporation KAHAMA Tanzania
KAI Kaiser Air KAISER United States
K4 CKS Kalitta Air CONNIE United States
K9 KFS Kalitta Charters KALITTA United States
KES Kallat El Saker Air Company KALLAT EL SKER Libya
RQ KMF Kam Air KAMGAR Afghanistan
E2 KMP Kampuchea Airlines KAMPUCHEA Cambodia IATA was KT
KIZ Kanaf-Arkia Airlines Israel
KHE Kanfey Ha'emek Aviation KANFEY HAEMEK Israel
KSU Kansas State University K-STATE United States
KRB Karibu Airways Company KARIBU AIR Tanzania
KLG Karlog Air Charter KARLOG Denmark
KAJ Karthago Airlines KARTHAGO Tunisia
KAE Kartika Airlines KARTIKA Indonesia
KTV Kata Transportation KATAVIA Sudan
KTK Katekavia KATEKAVIA Russia
KAT Kato Airline KATO-AIR Norway
KV MVD Kavminvodyavia AIR MINVODY Russia
XKA Kavouras Inc United States
KRN Kaz Agros Avia ANTOL Kazakhstan
KAW Kaz Air West KAZWEST Kazakhstan
KAO Kazan Aviation Production Association KAZAVAIA Russia
KPH Kazan Helicopters KAMA Russia
KKA Kazavia KAKAIR Kazakhstan
KZS Kazaviaspas SPAKAZ Kazakhstan
JFK Keenair Charter - KEENAIR United Kingdom
KLX Kelix Air KELIX Nigeria
FKL Kelner Airways KELNER Canada
KFA Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter FLIGHTCRAFT Canada
KDA Kendell Airlines KENDELL Australia defunct
M5 KEN Kenmore Air KENMORE United States
KBA Kenn Borek Air BOREK AIR Canada
KAH Kent Aviation DEKAIR Canada
KQ KQA Kenya Airways KENYA Kenya
KVS Kevis KEVIS Kazakhstan
KEY Key Airlines KEY AIR United States
LYM Key Lime Air KEY LIME United States
FTP Keystone Aerial Surveys FOOTPRINT United States
BZ KEE Keystone Air Services KEYSTONE Canada
KZW Khalifa Airways KHALIFA AIR Algeria
WKH Kharkov Aircraft Manufacturing Company WEST-KHARKOV Ukraine
KHR Khazar KHAZAR Turkmenistan
KHP Khoezestan Photros Air Lines PHOTROS AIR Iran
KRV Khoriv-Avia KHORIV-AVIA Ukraine
KHO Khors Aircompany AIRCOMPANY KHORS Ukraine
KHY Khyber Afghan Airlines KHYBER Afghanistan
UAK Kiev Aviation Plant AVIATION PLANT Ukraine
KNG King Aviation KING United Kingdom
BEZ Kingfisher Air Services SEA BREEZE United States
IT KFR Kingfisher Airlines KINGFISHER India
KNX Knighthawk Air Express KNIGHT FLIGHT Canada
KAS Kingston Air Services KINGSTON AIR Canada
KIP Kinnarps KINNARPS Sweden
KNS Kinshasa Airways KINSHASA AIRWAYS Democratic Republic of the Congo
KTA Kirov Air Enterprise VYATKA-AVIA Russia
Y9 IRK Kish Air KISHAIR Iran
KHA Kitty Hawk Aircargo AIR KITTYHAWK United States
KHC Kitty Hawk Airways CARGO HAWK United States
KP KIA Kiwi International Air Lines KIWI AIR United States
KNA Knight Air KNIGHTAIR Canada
KHX Knighthawk Express RIZZ United States
KGT Knights Airlines KNIGHT-LINER Nigeria
KOA Koanda Avacion KOANDA Spain
OYE Koda International KODA AIR Nigeria
7K KGL Kogalymavia Air Company KOGALYM Russia
KOM Kom Activity COMJET Netherlands
KMA Komiaviatrans State Air Enterprise KOMI AVIA Russia
8J KMV Komiinteravia KOMIINTER Russia
KNM Komsomolsk-on-Amur Air Enterprise KNAAPO Russia
KOB Koob-Corp - 96 KFT AUTOFLEX Hungary
KE KAL Korean Air KOREANAIR Republic of Korea
KMG Kosmas Air KOSMAS CARGO Serbia
KSM Kosmos KOSMOS Russia
KOS Kosova Airlines KOSOVA Serbia
WOK Kovar Air WOKAIR Czech Republic
7B KJC Krasnojarsky Airlines KRASNOJARSKY AIR Russia defunct
KFC Kremenchuk Flight College KREMENCHUK Ukraine
KRG Krimaviamontag AVIAMONTAG Ukraine
KRO Kroonk Air Agency KROONK Ukraine
K9 KRI Krylo Airlines Krylo Russia
OPC Krystel Air Charter OPTIC United Kingdom
GW KIL Kuban Airlines AIR KUBAN Russia
VD KPA Kunpeng Airlines KUNPENG China
KZA Kurzemes Avio Russia
KBV Kustbevakningen SWECOAST Sweden
KU KAC Kuwait Airways KUWAITI Kuwait
GO KZU Kuzu Airlines Cargo KUZU CARGO Turkey
QVR Kvadro Aero PEGASO Kyrgyzstan
KWN Kwena Air KWENA South Africa
N5 KGZ Kyrgyz Airlines BERMET Kyrgyzstan
KTC Kyrgyz Trans Avia DINARA Kyrgyzstan
QH LYN Kyrgyzstan ALTYN AVIA Kyrgyzstan
R8 KGA Kyrgyzstan Airlines KYRGYZ Kyrgyzstan
DAM Kyrgyzstan Department of Aviation FLIGHT RESCUE Kyrgyzstan under the Ministry of Emergency Situation
KGB Kyrgz General Aviation KEMIN Kyrgyzstan
KY KYV Kibris Türk Hava AIRKIBRIS Turkey

* on IATA code indicates a controlled duplicate.

italics indicates a defunct airline.

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