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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
V9 HCW Star1 Airlines STAR1 Lithuania
VBA V Bird Airlines Netherlands VEEBEE Netherlands
WIW V-avia Airline VEE-AVIA Ukraine
VBD V-Berd-Avia VEEBIRD-AVIA Armenia
VAC Vacationair VACATIONAIR Canada
RDW Valair AG (Helicoptere) ROADWATCH Switzerland
VLA Valan International Cargo Charter NALAU South Africa
VLN Valan Limited VALAN Moldova
EHR Valfell-Verkflug ROTOR Iceland
VF VLU Valuair VALUAIR Singapore
J7 VJA ValuJet Airlines CRITTER United States Now operating as AirTran Airways. J7 Reassigned.
VAA Van Air Europe EUROVAN Czech Republic
VGC Vanguardia en Aviacion en Colima VANGUARDIA COLIMA Mexico
VGD Vanguard Airlines VANGUARD AIR United States
VFC Vasco Air VASCO AIR Vietnam
VAG Vega SEGA Kazakhstan
WGA Vega Air Company WEGA FRANKO Ukraine
WEL Veles, Ukrainian Aviation Company VELES Ukraine
VTX Verataxis VERATAXIS Mexico
BTP Veritair Ltd NET RAIL United Kingdom
VC VAL Voyageur Airways VOYAGEUR Canada
GRV Vernicos Aviation NIGHT RIDER Greece
VN HVN Vietnam Airlines VIET NAM AIRLINES Vietnam was XV?
KWA Vozdushnaya Academy VOZAIR Kazakhstan
NN MOV VIM Airlines MOV AIR Russia
MVY VIM-Aviaservice Russia
2R VIA Rail Canada Canada
ENV Victoria Aviation ENDEAVOUR United Kingdom
VCT Viscount Air Service VISCOUNT AIR United States
SSI Vision Airlines SUPER JET Nigeria
FXF VIP Air Charter FOX FLIGHT United States
PAV VIP Avia NICOL Kazakhstan
VAT Visionair VISIONAIR Ireland
VA Viasa Venezuela IATA Code transferred to V Australia
VCA VICA - Viacao Charter Aereos VICA Brazil
VCM Volare Air Charter Company CARMEN United States
Y4 VOI Volaris VOLARIS Mexico
VI VDA Volga-Dnepr Airlines VOLGA-DNEPR Russia
VEA Vega Airlines VEGA AIRLINES Bulgaria
VEC Venescar Internacional VECAR Venezuela
VEE Victor Echo VICTOR ECHO Spain
VEI Virgin Express Ireland GREEN ISLE Ireland
VX VRD Virgin America REDWOOD United States
VES Vieques Air Link VIEQUES United States
TV VEX Virgin Express VIRGIN EXPRESS Belgium
VK VGN Virgin Nigeria Airways VIRGIN NIGERIA Nigeria
VGV Vologda State Air Enterprise VOLOGDA AIR Russia
VHA VH-Air Industrie AIR V-H Angola
VHM VHM Schul-und-Charterflug EARLY BIRD Germany
VIB Vibroair Flugservice VITUS Germany
VIC VIP Servicios Aereos Ejecutivos VIP-EJECUTIVO Mexico
VIG Vega Aviation VEGA AVIATION Sudan
VIH Vichi VICHI Moldova
VIK Viking Airlines SWEDJET Sweden
VIN Vinair - Helicoptereos VINAIR Portugal
VS VIR Virgin Atlantic Airways VIRGIN United Kingdom
VJM Viajes Ejecutivos Mexicanos VIAJES MEXICANOS Mexico
VJT Vistajet VISTA Canada
ZG VVM Viva Macau JACKPOT Macao
VE VLE Volare Airlines VOLA Italy
VY VLG Vueling Airlines VUELING Spain
XF VLK Vladivostok Air VLADAIR Russia
LC VLO Varig LogĂ­stica VELOG Brazil
VLT Vertical-T Air Company VERTICAL Russia
VMA Vero Monmouth Airlines VERO MONMOUTH United States
VNK Vipport Joint Stock Company Russia
VM VOA Viaggio Air VIAGGIO Bulgaria
VOG Voyager Airlines VOYAGER AIR Bangladesh
DJ VOZ Virgin Blue VIRGIN Australia
DJ VBI Virgin Blue BLUEY Australia Code reserved but not in current use.
VPB Veteran Air VETERAN Ukraine
VRA Vertair VERITAIR United Kingdom
VRE Volare Airlines UKRAINE VOLARE Ukraine
RG VRN VRG Linhas Aereas VARIG Brazil
VSB Vickers Limited VICKERS United Kingdom
VSN Vision Airways Corporation VISION Canada
VSO Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Society VASO Russia
VSS Virign Islands Seaplane Shuttle WATERBIRD United States
VTC Vuelos Especializados Tollocan VUELOS TOLLOCAN Mexico
VTH Vuelos Corporativos de Tehuacan VUELOS TEHUACAN Mexico
VTK Vostok Airlines VOSTOK Russia
VTL Victor Tagle Larrain VITALA Chile
VTV Vointeh VOINTEH Bulgaria
VUR Vuelos Internos Privados VIP VIPEC Ecuador
VUS Vuela Bus VUELA BUS Mexico
VZL Vzlyet VZLYET Russia
VG VLM VLM Airlines RUBENS Belgium
WCY Viking Express TITAN AIR United States
WEV Victoria International Airways VICTORIA UGANDA Uganda
G6 WLG Air Volga GOUMRAK Russia

* on IATA code indicates a controlled duplicate.

italics indicates a defunct airline.

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