Airline call sign

From Academic Kids

Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. The flight number is normally that published in their public timetable and appearing 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 specialise in freight transport, an emphasis that may be reflected in the company's name.

Here follows a list of airline calls signs. Defunct carriers are listed in italics.

Aircraft OperatorCall SignCountry
ACES - Aerolineas Centrales de ColombiaAcesColombia
Action AirlinesAction AirUSA
Adria AirwaysAdriaSlovenia
Aer LingusShamrockIreland
Aero Aviation CentreSunriseCanada
Aero ServicesBird ExpressFrance
Aerolíneas ArgentinasArgentinaArgentina
Aeromar AirlinesTrans-AeromarMexico
African International AirwaysFlycargoSwaziland
African Safari AirwaysZebraKenya
Air AlgerieAir AlgerieAlgeria
Air AlsieMermaidDenmark
Air BalticAirbalticLatvia
Air CaledonieAircalNew Caledonia
Air Caledonie InternationalAir CalinNew Caledonia
Air CanadaAir CanadaCanada
Air Canada JazzJazzCanada
Air CareDrakeUK
Air Cargo AmericaPegasusUSA
Air Cargo CarriersNight CargoUSA
Air CatEurocatSwitzerland
Air Center WestBirdieDenmark
Air ChaparralMaverickUSA
Air Charter ServicesZaire CharterDemocratic Republic Of Congo
Air ChinaAir ChinaChina (PRC)
Air ContinentalNight AirUSA
Air Europa ExpressAir RegionalSpain
Air FloridaPalmMiami, Florida
Air FoyleBroadspeed
Air Foyle/SunjetSkymanUK
Air FranceAirfransFrance
Air GreenlandGreenland or GreenlandairDenmark (Greenland)
Air HollandOrangeNetherlands
Air IndiaAir IndiaIndia
Air JamaicaJamaicaJamaica
Air JapanAir JapanJapan
Air LiberiaNovember LimaLiberia
Air MadagascarAir MadagascarMadagascar
Air MalawiMalawiMalawi
Air MauritanieMike RomeoMauritania
Air MauritiusAirmauritiusMauritius
Air MedicalAirmedUK
Air MidwestAir MidwestUSA
Air NelsonMot AirNew Zealand
Air NewarkNewairUSA
Air New ZealandNew ZealandNew Zealand
Air Niagara ExpressDatabirdCanada
Air Nippon Kabushiki GaishaAnk AirJapan
Air Outre Mer/MinerveFrenchlinesFrance
Air PacificPacificFiji
Air Panama InternacionalArpaPanama
Air ScheffervilleScheffCanada
Air SenegalSonatra Air SenegalSenegal
Air ShotByteUK
Air South AirwaysShawneeUSA
Air TahomaTahomaUSA
Air TchadHotel TangoChad
Air Traffic GmbhSnoopyGermany
Air VanuatuAir VanVanuatu
Air VIAVarna AirBulgaria
Air WalesRed DragonUK
Air WisconsinWisconsinUSA
Air WorldEnvoyUK
Airborne Express/ABX AirAbexUSA
AirNetStar CheckUSA
AirTran AirwaysCitrusUSA
Airways InternationalAirnatUSA
AJ Air ServicesAjayUK
AJT Air InternationalTurjetRussia
Alaska AirlinesAlaskaUSA
Allied AirBambiNigeria
All Nippon AirwaysAll NipponJapan
Aloha AirlinesAlohaUSA
AMC Air CharterBavariaGermany
America West AirlinesCactusUSA
American Airlines (AMR)AmericanUSA
American Eagle (AMR regional)Eagle FlightUSA
American Trans Air (ATA)AmtranUSA
Ariana Afghan AirlinesArianaAfghanistan
Arrow AirBig AUSA
Asiana AirlinesAsianaSouth Korea
Astar (DHL's USA Operation)DHLUSA
Atlantic AirwaysFaroelineDenmark (Faroe Islands)
Atlantic Coast AirlinesBlue RidgeUSA
Atlantic Island AirTriangleIceland
Atlantic Southeast AirlinesCandlerUSA
Atlas AirGiantUSA
Aurigny Air ServicesAylineUK
Austrian AirlinesAustrianAustria
BAC Express AirlinesRapexUK
Bali AirBiarIndonesia
Baron Aviation ServicesShow MeUSA
Big Sky AirlinesBig SkyUSA
Biman Bangladesh AirlinesBangladeshBangladesh
BMED (formerly British Mediterranean Airways)Bee MedUK
BMI British MidlandMidlandUK
Bo-S-Aire AirlinesBowman AirUSA
Bond Air ServicesUgabondUK
Brasil Central Lineas Aereos RegionalCentralBrazil
Britannia Airways GmbHWindsorGermany
Britannia Airways SwedenBluescanSweden
British Aerospace - FiltonSapphireUK
British Aerospace - WartonTarnishUK
British AirwaysSpeedbird or ShuttleUK
British European or FlybeJerseyUK
British International HelicoptersLionUK
British Regional Airlines BritishUK
Britten NormanVectisUK
Buffalo AirwaysBuffalo AirUSA
Bulgaria AirBalkan TourBulgaria
Business AirGraniteUK
Business Aviation ServicesCoastriderNetherlands
Business ExpressBiz ExUSA
BWIA West Indies AirwaysWest IndianTrinidad And Tobago
Cameroon AirlinesCam-AirCameroon
Canadian AirlinesCanadianCanada
Canadian ForcesCanforceCanada
Canadian NorthEmpressCanada
Cape AirCairUSA
Capital Air ServiceCapairUSA
Capital AviationPrestigeUK
Capital Cargo InternationalCappyUSA
Caribbean AirwaysCaribjetBarbados
Cathay Pacific AirwaysCathayChina (PRC) (Hong Kong)
Centennial AirlinesWyo AirUSA
Centre AirlinesDutch ValleyUSA
Centreline AirCliftonUK
Channel ExpressChannexUK
Chautauqua AirlinesChautauquaUSA
Chicago Express AirlinesWindy CityUSA
China AirlinesDynastyTaiwan (ROC)
China United AirlinesLianhangChina (PRC)
City Air(Chester)Air ChesterUK
CityjetCity IrelandIreland
Civil Aviation AuthorityMinairUK
Colgan AirColganUSA
Cologne Commercial FlightTomcatGermany
Continental AirlinesContinentalUSA
Continental Express (ExpressJet)Jet LinkUSA
Continental MicronesiaAir MikeGuam, USA
Cooper Aerial SurveySurveyorUK
Corporate AirAir SpurUSA
Corse MediterreaneeCorsemedFrance
Coval AirOdysseyCanada
CP AirEmpressCanada
Croatia AirlinesCroatiaCroatia
CSA Czech AirlinesCSACzech Republic
Dairo Air Services - Das Air CargoDairairUganda
Danish Air TransportDantransDenmark
DantexAalborg AirtaxiDenmark
DBA or Deutsche BASpeedwayGermany
Delta Air LinesDeltaUSA
DragonairDragonChina (PRC) (Hong Kong)
Dravidian AviationFirestoneUK
Druk AirRoyal BhutanBhutan
Duo AirwaysFlyduoUK
Dynamic AirDynamiteNetherlands
Eagle Air ServiceSwiss EagleSwitzerland
Eagle AviationGypsyUK
East AfricanDumaKenya
East-West EuropeanSilver WingBulgaria
Eastern Air ExecutiveEastexUK
Eastern AirwaysEastflightUK
Eastern Flying ServiceSpeedairCanada
easyJet SwitzerlandTopswissSwitzerland
Edinburgh Air CharterSaltireUK
EFS Flug Service GmbhFlightserviceGermany
El AlEl AlIsrael
EmiratesEmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
Empire AirlinesEmpireUSA
Estonian AirEstonianEstonia
Euro Exec ExpressEcho ExpressSweden
Euro Flight SwedenEurowestSweden
Euroair TransportEuroairUK
Eurobelgian AirlinesBelstarBelgium
European Air ExpressStarwingGermany
European Air TaxiNeatUK
European Air Transport / DhlEurotransBelgium
European Aviation Air CharterEurocharterUK
Euroscot ExpressScotairUK
EVA AirEvaTaiwan (ROC)
Executive Aviation Services LtdJesterUK
Express AirlinesFlagshipUSA
Express One InternationalLonghornUSA
Express One InternationalSpartusUSA
Farner Air TransportBlue StripHungary
Fast Air Carrier/TntFasterChile
Faucett PeruCharlie FoxtrotPeru
Federal ExpressFedExUSA
Finnish Air ForceFinforceFinland
First Choice AirwaysJetsetUK
Flex JetFlex JetUSA
Flight OptionsOptionsUSA
Flight PrecisionCobhamUK
Flugdienst FehlhaberWitchcraftGermany
Flugfelag AusturlandsAusturflugIceland
Flugfelag NordurlandsNorlandIceland
Flybe or British EuropeanJerseyUK
FR AviationBroadwayUK
FR AviationRushtonUK
Freedom AirlinesFreedom AirUSA
French Air ForceFoxtrot MikeFrance
French Air Force - Transport Sq.CotamFrance
Frontier AirlinesFrontierUSA
Garuda IndonesiaIndonesiaIndonesia
GB AirwaysGeeBee AirwaysUK
German Air RescueAmbulanceGermany
Germania FluggesellschaftGermaniaGermany
GermanwingsGerman WingsGermany
Gojet AviationGojetUK
GP Express AirlinesRegional ExpressUSA
Great Lakes AirlinesLakes AirUSA
Great Wall AirlinesChangahangChina (PRC)
GT AviationGeetee AviaUK
Gulf AirGulf AirBahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates
Gulfstream International AirlinesGulf FlightUSA
Hapag Lloyd ExpressExcellenceGermany
Harmony AirwaysHarmonyCanada
Hawaiian AirlinesHawaiianUSA
Helikopter ServiceHelibusNorway
Helikopterservice Euro AirSwedcopterSweden
Hokkaido International AirlinesAir DoJapan
Horizon AirHorizonUSA
Hummingbird Island AirwaysHumMaldives
Iberia AirlinesIberiaSpain
IMP Aviation ServiceBluenoseCanada
Independence AirIndependenceUSA
Indian AirlinesIndairIndia
Indonesia Air TransportIntraIndonesia
Industrie Air CharterInduschartFrance
Inter-Island AirUgly VanUSA
Iran AirIranairIran
Irish Air TransportIrish TransEire
Island AirMokuUSA
Isles Of Scilly SkybusScilloniaUK
Japan Air CommuterCommuterJapan
Japan AirlinesJapanairJapan
Japan Asia AirwaysAsiaJapan
Jat AirwaysJatSerbia and Montenegro
Jetair Flight AcademySpeedfoxDenmark
JetBlue AirwaysJetblueUSA
KD Air CorporationKay DeeCanada
Kenya AirwaysKenyaKenya
Kitty Hawk InternationalKitty HawkUSA
Knight AirKnightwayUK
Korean AirKoreanairSouth Korea
Kuwait AirwaysKuwaitiKuwait
Labrador AirwaysLab AirCanada
LacsaLacsaCosta Rica
LANLan ChileChile
Langtry Flying GroupProflightUK
Lansa - Lineas Aereas NacionalesUniform LimaHonduras
Lapa - Lineas Aereas Privadas ArgentinasLapaArgentina
Leeds Central HelicoptersPathfinderUK
Legend AirlinesLegendaryUSA
Liberia World AirlinesHotel YankeeLiberia
Libyan Arab Air CargoLibacLibya
Libyan Arab AirlinesLibairLibya
Lineas Aereas CanariasLCNSpain
Lineas Aereas SuramericanasSuramericanoColombia
Lithuanian AirlinesLithuania AirLithuania
London Air AmbulanceHelimedUK
London Executive AviationLonnexUK
LOT Polish AirlinesLotPoland
Lte Lufttransport EspanaFunjetSpain
LTU InternationalLTUGermany
LuxaviationRed LionLuxembourg
Macedonian AirlinesMacairGreece
Macedonian AirlinesMakavioFormer Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Maersk Air -> Duo AirwaysBluestarUK
Magadan AirlinesMavialRussia
Majestic AirlinesMagic AirUSA
Malaysia AirlinesMalaysianMalaysia
Malév Hungarian AirlinesMalevHungary
Manx AirlinesManxUK
May Air XpressBeechnutUSA
Maya Island AirMylandBelize
McAlpine HelicoptersMaclineUK
Merlin ExpressPackage AirUSA
Mesa AirlinesAir ShuttleUSA
Mesaba AirlinesMesabaUSA
Miami Air InternationalBiscayneUSA
MIAT-Mongolian AirlinesMongol AirMongolia
Middle East AirlinesCedar JetLebanon
Midway AirlinesMidwayUSA
Midwest AirlinesMidexUSA
Midwest ConnectSkywayExUSA
Million AirMill AirUSA
MNG Cargo AirlinesBlack SeaTurkey
MSR Flug CharterSkyriderGermany
MTM AviationAviatransGermany
Myanmar AirwaysUnionairMyanmar
My TravelKestrelUK
My Travel LiteMyliteUK
Nantucket AirlinesAck AirUSA
National AirlinesNatchairSouth Africa
National AirlinesNational (1st airline in Miami)
Red Rock (2nd airline in Las Vegas)
Nawa Air TransportSupernawaHungary
Net JetsSkysharePortugal
Net JetsExecjetUSA
New York AirAppleUSA
New York HelicopterMetrocopterUSA
Newair AirserviceNewdanDenmark
Newfoundland And Labrador Air TransportNalairCanada
Nigel MansellFlight RedUK
Norsk AirNorsemanNorway
North American AirlinesNorth AmericanUSA
North British AirlinesTeesairUK
North Coast AviationAir OhioUSA
Northamptonshire School Of FlyingNortonUK
Northern Air CargoYukonUSA
Northern Air ServiceNortaxUSA
Northern Executive AviationNeataxUK
Northwest AirlinesNorthwestUSA
Norwegian Air ShuttleNor ShuttleNorway
Novair / Nova AirlinesNavigatorSweden
Nurnbergen FlugFlamingoGermany
Nwt Air/Air C'Da ConnectorTerritorialCanada
Olympic AirlinesOlympicGreece
Oman AirOman AirOman
Ostfriesische LufttransportOstfriesGermany
Pacific WingsTsunamiUSA
Pakistan International AirlinesPakistanPakistan
Palau Micronesia AirPalau MikePalau
Pan Am Clipper Connection (Pan Am III)Clipper ExpressUSA
Pan American World AirwaysClipperUSA
Panorama Air ToursLaniUSA
Pegasus AirlinesSunturkTurkey
Philippine AirlinesPhilippinePhilippines
Piedmont AirlinesPiedmontUSA
Pinnacle AirlinesFlagshipUSA
PLM Dollar GroupOspreyUK
Polar Air CargoPolarUSA
Polo AviationChukkaUK
Polynesian AirlinesPolynesianSamoa
Polynesian Air-waysPolyairUSA
Primaris AirlinesWhitecapUSA
Prince Edward AirCometCanada
Pro AirProhawkUSA
Propheter AviationAir PropUSA
Provincial AirlinesStarliteCanada
PSA AirlinesBlue StreakUSA
Qatar AirwaysQatariQatar
Qinetiq, Boscombe DownGauntletUK
Quick AirDagobertGermany
Raytheon Corporate JetsMantaUK
Rex AviationTranzairNew Zealand
Ross AviationEnergyUSA
Royal Air ForceRafairUK
Royal Air Force - 33 GroupVortexUK
Royal Air Force Air Support CommandAscotUK
Royal Air MarocRoyalair MarocMorocco
Royal AirlinesRoyCanada
Royal Australian Air ForceAussieAustralia
Royal FlightKitty/KittyhawkUK
Royal Flight Helicopters (UK)Rainbow or SparrowhawkUK
Royal JordanianJordanianJordan
Royal NavyNavyUK
Royal New Zealand Air ForceKiwiNew Zealand
Royal Swedish Air ForceSwedicSweden
Saber Cargo AirlinesFreighterUSA
SafairCargoSouth Africa
SAS-Scandinavian Airlines SystemScandinavianDenmark, Norway, Sweden
SATA InternationalAir AzoresPortugal
Saudi Arabian AirlinesSaudiaSaudi Arabia
Scot AirwaysSucklingUK
Sichuan AirlinesChuabhangChina (PRC)
Sierra National AirlinesSelairSierra Leone
Singapore AirlinesSingaporeSingapore
Skyways Regional Ex-Airborne Of SwedenMidwingSweden
SMAC - Sabang Merauke Air CharterSamerIndonesia
SMB Stage LineStageUSA
SN Brussels AirlinesEstail or S-Tail (spoken Esstail)Belgium
Solomon AirlinesSolomonSolomon Islands
South African AirwaysSpringbokSouth Africa
South East Police Aviation UnitPoliceUK
South West AirSaint ClairCanada
Southwest Air LinesNanseiJapan
Southwest AirlinesSouthwestUSA
Spanish Air ForceAir MilSpain
Spirit AirlinesSpirit WingsUSA
Sports Air TravelWest CoastUSA
Springdale Air ServiceSpring AirUSA
SriLankan AirlinesSriLankanSri Lanka
Star AirWhite StarDenmark
Star Europe AirlinesStarwayFrance
Stratford AirwaysFestival CityCanada
Suburban Air FreightSub AirUSA
Sun Country AirlinesSun CountryUSA
Sundt AirMidnightNorway
Sunways Intersun HavacilikIntersunTurkey
Sunwest AirlinesSunflightCanada
Superior AviationSpend AirUSA
Surrey And Kent Flying ClubSurreyUK
Swedline ExpressStarlineSweden
Swiss Air AmbulanceSwiss AmbulanceSwitzerland
Swiss International Air LinesSwissSwitzerland
Syrian Arab AirlinesSyrianairSyria
Systems International AirwaysFloridaUSA
Taca International AirlinesTacaEl Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
TACV-Transportes Aereos De Cabo VerdeTransverdeCape Verde
TAP PortugalAir PortugalPortugal
Teddy AirTeddysNorway
Thai Airways InternationalThaiThailand
Thomas Cook AirlinesGlobeBelgium and UK
Thyssen Krupp AgBluelineGermany
Titan AirwaysZapUK
TNT AirwaysQualityBelgium
TNT International Av'nNitroUK
Tower AirTee AirUSA
TradeWinds AirlinesTradewindsUSA
Trans Air LinkSky TruckUSA
Trans Continental AirlinesTransconUSA
Trans European AirlinesEurolinesGreece
Trans Mediterranean AirwaysTango LimaLebanon
Trans States AirlinesWaterskiUSA
Trans World AirlinesTWAUSA
Trans World ExpressRed BirdUSA
Transaero AirlinesTransovietRussia
Transporte E Trabalho AeroKanimanboMozambique
Transportes Aereos NeuquenTaneuArgentina
Tropic AirTropiserBelize
Tulip Air CharterFarnair EuropeNetherlands
Tunis AirTunairTunisia
Turkish AirlinesTurkishTurkey
UK Royal FlightKitty or KittyhawkUK
United AirlinesUnitedUSA
United Air ServicesUnitairZimbabwe
United Parcel ServiceUPSUSA
Universal AirlinesAirgoUSA
Universal AirlinesGuyana JetGuyana
US AirwaysUS AirUSA
US Check AirlinesStar CheckUSA
USA Jet AirwaysJet USAUSA
Uzbekistan AirwaysUzbekUzbekistan
Vanguard AirlinesVanguard AirUSA
Viking ExpressTitan AirUSA
Virgin AtlanticVirginUK
Virgin AirVirairUSA
Virgin Express FranceLadybirdFrance
Virgin Islands Seaplane ShuttleWaterbirdUSA
VLM AirlinesRubensBelgium
Waglisla AirSea HawkCanada
Warbelows Air VenturesVentaireUSA
Warwickshire AerocentreAirtaxUK
West AirPac ValleyUSA
West Air SwedenAir SwedenSweden
West Coast AirGambia CoastalThe Gambia
Western Pacific Air ServiceWestpacSolomon Islands
Williams RacingGrandprixUK
Woodgate Air ServicesWoodairUK
Worldways CanadaCanadaCanada
Yemenia-Yemen AirwaysYemeniYemen
Young Flying ServiceYoung AirUSA

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. Please make the alterations required if you are certain of their authenticity. 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.

See also aircraft spotting and air traffic control.

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