Airline Abbreviations for Major Carriers

Anyone who’s traveled before knows how quickly plans can change in an airport. That’s why it’s important to be up-to-speed on the IATA (International Air Transport Association) and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) codes associated with major airlines around the world. Keep reading to learn more about airline abbreviations and airline call signs that you may encounter in your travels.

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North American Airline Abbreviations

Canada, Mexico, and the United States make up several of the biggest airlines in the world. In particular, Delta and American Airlines carry the most passengers and have the largest fleets in the world. Here are codes for some of North America’s major airlines.

Airline

Country

IATA/ICAO Codes

Alaska Airlines

USA

AS / ASA

American Airlines

USA

AA/AAL

Air Canada

Canada

AC/ACA

Aeromexico

Mexico

AM / AMX

Continental Airlines

USA

CO / COA

Delta Airlines

USA

DL / DAL

FedEx

USA

FX / FDX

Hawaiian Airlines

USA

HA / HAL

Northwest Airlines

USA

NW / NWA

Polar Air Cargo

USA

PO / PAC

Southwest Airlines

USA

SW / SWA

United Airlines

USA

UA / UAL

United Parcel (UPS)

USA

5X / UPS

Virgin Atlantic

USA

VS / VIR

VivaAerobús

Mexico

VB / VIV

WestJet

Canada

WS / WJA

Central and South American Airline Abbreviations

Airlines in Central and South America transport customers both domestically and internationally. Take a look at these codes of major airlines in Latin America.

Airline

Country

IATA/ICAO Codes

Aerolineas Argentinas Airlines

Argentina

AR / ARG

Avianca Airlines

Colombia

AV / AVA

Azul Brazilian Airlines

Brazil

AD / AZU

Boliviana de Aviación

Bolivia

OB / BOV

Conviasa

Venezuela

V0 / VCV

Copa Airlines

Panama

CM / CMP

Gol Transportes Aéreos

Brazil

G3 / GLO

Insel Air

Curaçao

7I / INC

LATAM Airlines

Chile

LA / LAN

Línea Aérea Amaszonas

Bolivia

Z8 / AZN

TAME

Ecuador

EQ / TAE

Viva Air Colombia

Colombia

VH / VVC

European Airline Abbreviations

Air France, British Airways, and Lufthansa are three of the largest airlines in the world. But Ryanair, an Irish airline, has carried more passengers than its larger competitors in the last few years. Here is a list of IATA and ICAO codes for major European airlines.

Airline

Country

IATA / ICAO Codes

Aegean Airlines

Greece

A3 / AEE

Aer Lingus Airlines

Ireland

EI / EIN

Alitalia

Italy

AZ / AZA

Air Europa

Spain

UX / AEA

Air France

France

AF / AFR

Austrian Airlines

Austria

OS / AUA

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Russia

SU / AFL

British Airways

UK

BA / BAW

Cargolux Airlines International

Luxembourg

CV / CLX

Dalavia Far East Airways

Russia

H8 / KHB

EasyJet

Austria

EC / EJU

Finnair

Finland

AY / FIN

Jet Story

Poland

JDI

Royal Dutch Airlines

Netherlands

KL / KLM

Ryanair

Ireland

FR / RYR

Lufthansa Cargo

Germany

LH / DLH

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norway

DY / NAX

Scandinavian Airlines

Sweden

SK / SAS

Swiss International Airlines

Switzerland

LX / SWR

Wizz Air

Hungary

W9 / WUK

Middle Eastern Airline Abbreviations

The United Arab Emirates holds some of the biggest airlines in the region, including Air Arabia, Etihad Airways, and Emirates Sky Cargo. Keep reading to learn the codes for other Middle Eastern airlines flying today.

Airline

Country

IATA/ICAO Codes

Air Arabia

United Arab Emirates

G9 / ABY

EgyptAir

Egypt

MS / MSR

Emirates Sky Cargo

United Arab Emirates

EK / UAE

Etihad Airways

United Arab Emirates

EY / ETD

Iran Air

Iran

IR / IRA

Libyan Airlines

Libya

LYW

Pakistan Airlines

Pakistan

PK / PIA

Royal Air Maroc

Morocco

AT / RAM

Saudia

Saudi Arabia

SV / SVA

Sama Airlines

Saudi Arabia

ZS / SMY

Tunisair

Tunisia

TU / TAR

Turkish Airlines

Turkey

TK / THY

Uzbekistan Airways

Uzbekistan

HY / UZB

African Airline Abbreviations

Ethiopian Airlines is the largest airline in Africa, followed closely by South African Airways. However, there are many ways to see the beautiful countries in Africa. Here are some codes you may need when booking a flight to or from Africa.

Airline

Country

IATA/ICAO Codes

Arik Air

Nigeria

ARA

Air Algérie

Algeria

AH / DAH

Air Mauritius

Mauritius

MK / MAU

Comair

South Africa

MN / CAW

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopia

ET / ETH

Kenya Airways

Kenya

KQ / KQA

Mango

South Africa

JE / MNO

South African Airways

South Africa

SA / SAA

Asian and Oceanic Airline Abbreviations

Air China ranks in the top 10 largest airlines in the world. But it’s certainly not the only airline in Asia – and it’s not the only airline in China either. Here are some of the biggest airlines that you may use when visiting Asia or countries in Oceania.

Airline

Country

IATA / ICAO Codes

Air Calendonie International

Caledonia

SB / ACI

Air New Zealand

New Zealand

NZ

Air India

India

AI / AIC

All Nippon Airways

Japan

NH / ANA

Air Tahiti Nui

Tahiti

TB / THT

Air Pacific (Fiji Airways)

Fiji

FJ / FJI

Air Hong Kong

Hong Kong

LD / AHK

Air Niugini

Papua New Guinea

PX / ANG

Air Nippon

Japan

EL / ANK

Asiana Airlines

Korea

OZ / AAR

Air China

China

CA / CCA

Cathay Dragon

Hong Kong

KA / HAD

Cathay Pacific Airways

Hong Kong

CX / CPA

China Airlines

Taiwan

CI / CAL

China Eastern Airlines

China

MU / CES

China Southern Airlines

China

CZ / CSN

Eva Airways

Taiwan

BR / EVA

Garuda Indonesia

Indonesia

GA / GIA

Japan Airlines

Japan

JL / JAL

Japan Asia Airways

Japan

EG / JAA

Korean Airlines

Korea

KE / KAL

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia

MH / MAS

Miat-Mongolian Airlines

Mongolia

OM / MGL

Nippon Cargo Airlines

Japan

KZ / NCA

Philippine Airlines

Philippines

PR / PAL

Qantas Airways

Australia

QF / QFA

Royal Nepal Airlines

Nepal

RA / RNA

Srilankan Airlines

Sri Lanka

UL / ALK

Singapore Airlines

Singapore

SQ / SQC

Shanghai Airlines

China

FM

Thai Airways International

Thailand

TG / THA

Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam

VN / HVN

Airline Call Signs

Airline call signs are used by air traffic controllers and flight crews. They combine an airline’s call sign and two-character IATA code to identify incoming and outgoing flights over transmissions. The full call sign also includes the three-character ICAO code and its assigned flight number. 

Here are some common airline call signs. Some are predictable, like AEROFLOT for Aeroflot Russian Airlines. Others, like SHAMROCK for Aer Lingus Airlines or JEDI for Jet Story, are a little more interesting.

Airline

Call Sign

Aegean Airlines

AEGEAN

Aer Lingus Airlines

SHAMROCK

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

AEROFLOT

Aerolineas Argentinas Airlines

ARGENTINA

Aeromexico

AEROMEXICO

Air Algérie

AIR ALGERIE

Air Arabia

ARABIA

Air Calendonie International

AIRCALIN

Air Canada

AIR CANADA

Air China

AIR CHINA

Air Europa

EUROPA

Air France

AIRFRANS

Air Hong Kong

AIR HONG KONG

Air India

AIRINDIA

Air Mauritius

AIRMAURITIUS

Air New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND

Air Nippon

ALL NIPPON

Air Niugini

NIUGINI

Air Pacific (Fiji Airways)

FIJI

Air Tahiti Nui

TAHITI AIRLINES

Alaska Airlines

ALASKA

Alitalia 

ALITALIA

All Nippon Airways

ANK AIR

American Airlines

AMERICAN

Arik Air

ARIK AIR

Asiana Airlines

ASIANA

Austrian Airlines

AUSTRIAN

Avianca Airlines

AVIANCA

Azul Brazilian Airlines

AZUL

Boliviana de Aviación

BOLIVIANA

British Airways

SPEEDBIRD

Continental Airlines

CONTINENTAL

Conviasa

CONVIASA

Cargolux Airlines International

CARGOLUX

Cathay Dragon

DRAGON

Cathay Pacific Airways

CATHAY

China Airlines

DYNASTY

China Eastern Airlines

CHINA EASTERN

China Southern Airlines

CHINA SOUTHERN

Comair

COMMERCIAL

Copa Airlines

COPA

Dalavia Far East Airways

DALAVIA

Delta Airlines

DELTA

EasyJet

ALPINE

EgyptAir

EGYPTAIR

Emirates Sky Cargo

EMIRATES

Ethiopian Airlines

ETHIOPIAN

Etihad Airways

ETIHAD

Eva Airways

EVA

FedEx

FEDEX

Finnair

FINNAIR

Garuda Indonesia

INDONESIA

Gol Transportes Aéreos

GOL

Hawaiian Airlines

HAWAIIAN

Insel Air

INSELAIR

Iran Air

IRANAIR

Jet Story

JEDI

Japan Airlines

JAPANAIR

Japan Asia Airways

ASIA

Korean Airlines

KOREANAIR

LATAM Airlines

LATAM CHILE

Libyan Airlines

LIBYAN AIRWAYS

Línea Aérea Amaszonas

AMASZONAS

Lufthansa Cargo

LUFTHANSA

Kenya Airways

KENYA

Malaysia Airlines

MALAYSIAN

Mango

TULCA

Miat-Mongolian Airlines

MONGOL AIR

Nippon Cargo Airlines

NIPPON CARGO

Northwest Airlines

NORTHWEST

Norwegian Air Shuttle

NORSHUTTLE

Philippine Airlines

PHILIPPINE

Pakistan Airlines

PAKISTAN

Polar Air Cargo

POLAR

Qantas Airways

QATARI

Royal Air Moroc

ROYALAIR MAROC

Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM

Royal Nepal Airlines

ROYAL NEPAL

Ryanair

RYANAIR

Saudia

SAUDIA

Sama Airlines

NAJIM

Scandinavian Airlines

SCANDINAVIAN

Srilankan Airlines

SRILANKAN

Singapore Airlines

SINGAPORE

Southwest Airlines

SOUTHWEST

Swiss International Airlines

SWISS

Shanghai Airlines

SHANGHAI AIR

South African Airways

SPRINGBOK

TAME

TAME

Thai Airways International

THAI

Tunisair

TUNAIR

Turkish Airlines

TURKISH

United Airlines

UNITED

United Parcel (UPS)

UPS

Uzbekistan Airways

UZBEK

Vietnam Airlines

VIETNAM AIRLINES

Virgin Atlantic

REDWOOD

Viva Air Colombia

VIVACOLOMBIA

VivaAerobús

AEROENLACES

WestJet

WESTJET

Wizz Air

WIZZAIR

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