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Airline Codes – IATA Designators

The  International Air Transport Association, or IATA, assigns a two-digit code to most of the worlds’s airlines. Though actually having provided for a three-digit code, the first two digits being alphanumeric and the third an optional alpha character, in the format “xx(a)”, the IATA has never used the third digit; they reserve the option to do so, but will not yet, until all airlines’ computer reservation systems are able to acknowledge the three-character combination.  These two/three letters make up the airline designator.

A flight designator is the IATA’s system of using the airline designator to identify every specific flight. The flight designator appears on passengers’ tickets and boarding passes. It starts with the airline designator, then is followed by up to 4 digits, representing the numeric flight number, and then sometimes followed by an optional “operational suffix”. Airline designators are used to identify an airline for purposes such as reservations, timetables, tickets, tariffs, air waybills and in interline communications.

The IATA airline codes should not be confused with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s(ICAO) airline designators, though the IATA’s codes are the most widely used.

Airlines

Codes (IATA)

Airlines

Codes (IATA)

Adria Airways

JP

Hawaiian Airlines

HA

Aer Arann Express

RE

Heli Air Monaco

YO

Aer Lingus

EI

Hemus Air

DU

Aero California

JR

Horizon Air

QX

Aeroflot Airlines

SU

Iberia Airlines

IB

Aerolineas Argentinas

AR

Icelandair

FI

Aerolineas Del Sur

31

ICL Express

6U

Aeromexico

AM

Indian Airlines

IC

Aeropostal

VH

Indigo

I9

Air Algerie

AH

Iran Air

IR

Air Berlin

AB

Island Air

WP

Air Blue

ED

Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines

LN

Air Botswana Pty.

BP

Japan Air Commuter

3X

Air Burkina

2J

Japan Airlines

JL

Air Caledonie

TY

Japan Asia Airways

EG

Air Caledonie International

SB

Japan Transocean Air

NU

Air Canada

AC

JAT Jugoslovenski Aerotransport

JU

Air Caraibes

TX

Jet Airways

9W

Air Charter Bahamas

UP

JetBlue Airways

B6

Air China

CA

Jetstar Airways

JQ

Air Dolomiti

EN

KD Avia

KD

Air Engiadina

RQ

Kenya Airways

KQ

Air Europa

UX

Kingfisher Airlines

IT

Air Fiji

PC

KLM Airlines

KL

Air France

AF

KLM City Hopper B.V.

WA

Air India

AI

Korean Air

KE

Air Ivoire

VU

Kuwait Airways Corporation

KU

Air Jamaica

JM

L.A.B. Flying Service Inc.

JF

Air Lanka

UL

L.T.U. International Airways

LT

Air Madagascar

MD

LAB – Lloyd Aereo Boliviano

LB

Air Malawi

QM

Labrador Airways

WJ

Air Malta

KM

LAL

TE

Air Mauritius

MK

LAM – Linhas Aereas de Mocanbique

TM

Air Midwest Inc.

ZV

Lan Ecuador

XL

Air Moldova

9U

Lan Peru

LP

Air Namibia

SW

Lao Airlines

QV

Air New Zealand

NZ

LIAT

LI

Air Nippon (ANA)

EL

Libyan Arab Airlines

LN

Air Niugi

PX

Linhas Aereas

P8

Air North Airlines

TL

LOT Polish Airlines

LO

Air Pacific

FJ

LTU International Airlines

LT

Air Plus Comet Airlines

A7

Luftfahrt Gesellschaft

HE

Air Rarotonga

GZ

Lufthansa Airlines

LH

Air Rwanda

WB

Luxair

LG

Air Satellite

6O

Malaysia Airlines

MH

Air Senegal

V7

Malev Hungarian Airlines

MA

Air Seychelles

 HM

Mandala Airlines

RI

Air Sunshine Inc.

YI

Mandarin Airlines

AE

Airlines

Codes (IATA)

Airlines

Codes (IATA)

Air Tahiti Nui

TN

Martinair Holland

MP

Air Tanzania

TC

Maya Airways

MW

Air tendi

8T

MEA – Middle East Airlines

ME

Air Transat

TS

Meridiana

IG

Air Ukraine International

PS

Mesa Airlines

YV

Air Vanuatu

NF

Mesaba Airlines

XJ

Air Vegas

6V

Mexicana

MX

Air Wisconsin

ZW

Middle East

ME

Air Zimbabwe

UM

Midwest Airlines

YX

Airlines of Tasmania

FO

Monarch Airways

ZB

Airlink Pty.

4Z

Montenegro Airlines

YM

AirTran Airways

FL

Nantucket Airlines

9K

Alaska Airlines

AS

Nepal Airways

RA

Albanian Airlines

LV

New England Airlines

EJ

Alitalia

AZ

Niki

HG

All Nippon Airways

NH

North American Airlines

NA

Aloha Air

AQ

North Wright Air

HW

America West Airlines

HP

Northwest Airlines Inc.

NW

American Airlines

AA

Olympic Airways

OA

American Trans Air

TZ

Oman Air

WY

Amerijet International Inc.

JH

Our Airline

ON

Arcus Air Logistic

ZE

Pacific Airlines

BL

Ariana-Afghan-Airlines

FG

Pacific Coast Airlines

8P

Arkia Israeli Airlines

IZ

Pacific Wings

LW

Aserca Airlines

R7

Pakistan International Airways

PK

Asiana Airlines

OZ

Pan America

PA

Atlantic Air Transport

RC

Papillon Airways

HI

Atlantic Airlines

2N

Penair

KS

Atlantic Southeast Airlines Inc.

EV

Perimeter Airlines

UW

Atlas Air

5Y

Philippine Airlines

PR

Atlasjet Airlines

KK

Pluna

PU

Austrian Air Services

OS

Polish Air-Lot

LO

Avianca

AV

Polynesian Airlines

PH

Bahamas Air

UP

Portugalia

NI

Bangkok Airways

PG

Precision Airlines

PW

Bearskin Lake Air Service

JV

Provincial Airways

FB

Bemidji Airlines

CH

Qantas Airways

QF

Biman Bangladesh Airlines

BG

Qatar Airways

QR

Binter Canarias

NT

Royal Air Maroc

AT

Brit Air

DB

Royal Airlines

QN

Britannia Airways

BY

Royal Brunei Airlines

BI

British Airways

BA

Royal Jordanian

RJ

British International Helicopters

BS

Ryan International Airways

RD

British Midland

BD

Ryanair

FR

Brussels Airlines

SN

S7

S7

Bulgaria Air

FB

Sabena Belgian World Airlines

SN

Calm Air International

MO

Satena

9N

Canadian North

5T

Saudi Arabian Airline

SV

Canjet Airlines

C6

Scandinavian Airlines

SK

Cape Air

9K

Scenic Airlines Inc.

YR

Caribbean Airlines

BW

Shanghai Airlines

FM

Airlines

Codes (IATA)

Airlines

Codes (IATA)

CarpatAir

V3

Shenzhen Airlines

ZH

Cathay Pacific Airways

CX

Shuttle America

S5

Cayman Airways

KX

Siem Reap Airways

FT

CCM Airlines

XK

Silk Air

MI

Central Mountain Air

9M

Singapore Airlines

SQ

Chalk’s International Airways

OP

SkyKing Turks and Caicos Airways

RU

China Airlines

CI

Smartwings Airlines

QS

China Eastern Airlines

MU

Solomon Airlines

IE

China Southern Airline

CZ

South African Airways

SA

Cimber Air

QI

South Airlines

YG

Colgan Air

9L

South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR)

DG

Comair Inc.

OH

Southwest Airlines

WN

Condor Flugdienst

DE

Spanair

JK

Continental Airlines

CO

Spirit Airlines

NK

Copa Airlines

CM

SriLankan

UL

Corsair

SS

Sterling Airways A/S

NB

Croatia Airlines

OU

Sun – Air of Scandinavia

EZ

Cubana Airlines

CU

Sun Country Airlines

SY

Cyprus Airways

CY

Sun Express

XQ

Cyprus Turkish Airlines

YK

Surinam Airways

PY

Czech Airlines

OK

Swissair

SR

Delta Airlines

DL

TACV Cabo Verde Airlines

VR

DonbassAero

7D

TAM

PZ

Dragonair (Hong Kong Dragon Airlines)

KA

TAME

EQ

Dutch Antilles Express

9H

TAP – Air Portugal

TP

Eastern Airways

T3

TAROM

RO

Egyptair

MS

Thai Air

T2

El Al Israel Airlines

LY

Thai Airways International

TG

Emirates Airlines

EK

TMA cargo

TL

Empire Airlines

EM

Trans Asian Airways

GE

ERA Aviation

7H

Tropic Air

PM

Estonian Air

OV

Tunis Air

TU

Ethiopian Airlines

ET

Turkish Airlines

TK

EVA Airways Corporation

BR

Tyrolean Airways

OS

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation

EF

Ukraine Intl Airlines

PS

Finnair

AY

United Airlines

UA

FirstAir

7F

US Airways

US

Flybe

BE

USA Jet Airlines

U7

Frontier Airlines

F9

Varig

RG

Frontier Flying Service

2F

Vietnam Airlines

VN

Gambia International Airlines

GC

Virgin Air Inc.

VX

Garuda Indonesia

GA

Virgin Atlantic Airways

VS

Great Barrier Airlines

GB

VLM Airlines

VG

Great Lakes Airlines

ZK

West Air Sweden

PT

Gulf Air Company G.S.C.

GF

WestJet Airlines

WS

Gulfstream Intl Airlines

3M

Wings of Alaska

K5

Hageland Aviation Services Inc.

H6

World Airways

WO

Hainan Airlines

HU

Xtra Airways

XP

Hamburg Airlines

4R

Yemenia

IY