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Airline call sign

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. Some of these less obvious examples are listed below. 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 flight. Some cargo airlines specialise in freight transport, an emphasis that may be reflected in the company's name.

Aircraft OperatorCall SignCountry
Dantex Aalborg Airtaxi Denmark
Aces ACES - Aerolineas Centrales De Colombia Colombia
Action Air Action Airlines USA
Aer Lingus Shamrock Eire
Aeris Francecharter France
Aero Aviation Centre Sunrise Canada
Aero Services Bird Express France
Aerolineas Argentinas Argentina Argentina
Aeromar Airlines Trans Aeromar Mexico
Aeropostale Aeroposta France
African International Airways Flycargo Swaziland
African Safari Airways Zebra Kenya
Air 2000 Jetset UK
Air Alsie Mermaid Denmark
Air BC Aircoach Canada
Air Caledonie Aircal New Caledonia
Air Caledonie International Aircalin New Caledonia
Air Care Drake UK
Air Cargo America Pegasus USA
Air Cargo Carriers Night Cargo USA
Air Cat Eurocat Switzerland
Air Center West Birdie Denmark
Air Chaparral Maverick USA
Air Charter Services Zaire Charter Democratic Republic Of Congo
Air Continental Night Air USA
Air Europa Express Air Regional Spain
Air Foyle Broadspeed UK
Air Foyle Cutlass UK
Air Foyle Foyle UK
Air Foyle Kris UK
Air Foyle/Sunjet Skyman UK
Air Holland Orange Netherlands
Air Jamaica Juliet Mike Jamaica
Air Liberia November Lima Liberia
Air Madagascar Madair Malagasy Republic
Air Mauritius Mike Romeo Mauritania
Air Medical Airmed UK
Air Mongol / Miat Mongol Air Mongolia
Air Nelson Mot Air New Zealand
Air Newark Newair USA
Air Niagra Express Databird Canada
Air Nippon Kasushika Gaisha Ank Air Japan
Air Outre Mer/Minerve Frenchlines France
Air Panama Internacional Arpa Panama
Air Portugal Tap Portugal
Air Schefferville Scheff Canada
Air Senegal Sonatra Air Senegal Senegal
Air Shot Byte UK
Air South Airways Shawnee USA
Air Tchad Hotel Tango Tchad
Air Traffic Gmbh Snoopy Germany
Air Vanuatu Air Van Vanuatu
Air VIA Varna Air Bulgaria
Air Wales Red Dragon UK
Air World Envoy UK
Airborne Express/ABX Air Abex USA
Airtran Airways Citrus USA
Airways International Airnat USA
AJ Air Services Ajay UK
AJT Air International Turjet Russia
AMC Air Charter Bavaria Germany
America West Airlines Cactus USA
American Airlines (turboprops) Eagle Flight USA
American Trans-Air Amtram USA
Arrow Air[?] Big A USA
Atlantic Airways Faroeline Norway/Faroe Islands
Atlantic Coast Airlines Blue Ridge USA
Atlantic Island Air Triangle Iceland
Atlantic Southeast Airlines Candler USA
Atlas Air Giant USA
Aurigny Air Services Ayline UK
Austrian Airlines Austrian Austria
Aviaexpress Avex Hungary
Aviair Caribou Canada
Avial Rushair Russia
BAC Express Airlines Rapex UK
Bali Air Biar Indonesia
Bangladesh Biman Airlines Bangladesh Bangladesh
Baron Aviation Services Show Me USA
Benair Scoop Denmark/Norway
Bmi Baby or Midland UK
Bo-S-Aire Airlines Bowman Air USA
Bond Air Services Ugabond UK
Braathens Helikopter Bee Copter Norway
Brasil Central Lineas Aereos Regional Central Brazil
Britannia Airways GmbH Windsor Germany
Britannia Airways Sweden Bluescan Sweden
British Aerospace - Filton Sapphire UK
British Aerospace - Warton Tarnish UK
British Airways Speedbird or Shuttle UK
British European Jersey UK
British International Helicopters Lion UK
British Mediterranean Airways Bee Med UK
British Regional Airlines British UK
British West Indian Airways West Indian Trinidad And Tobago
Britten Norman Vectis UK
Buffalo Airways Buffalo Air USA
Business Air Granite UK
Business Aviation Services Coastrider The Netherlands
Business Express Biz Ex USA
Cameroon Airlines Cam-Air Cameroon
Canada 3000 Airlines Elite Canada
Canadian Forces Canforce Canada
Cape Air Cair USA
Capital Air Service Capair USA
Capital Aviation Prestige UK
Caribbean Airways Caribjet Barbados
Centennial Airlines Wyo Air USA
Centre Airlines Dutch Valley USA
Centreline Air Clifton UK
Channel Express Channex UK
Chicago Express Airlines Windy City USA
China Airlines Dynasty Taiwan
China United Airlines Lianhang China
City Air(Chester) Air Chester UK
Cityjet City Ireland Eire
Civil Aviation Authority Minair UK
Cologne Commercial Flight Tomcat Germany
Continental Express Jetlink USA
Continental Micronesia Air Mike Guam
Cooper Aerial Survey Surveyor UK
Corporate Air Air Spur USA
Corse Mediterreanee Corsemed France
Coval Air Odyssey Canada
Dairo Air Services - Das Air Cargo Dairair Uganda
Danish Air Transport Dantrans Denmark
Deutsche BA Speedway Germany
Dragonair Loongair China
Dravidian Aviation Firestone UK
Druk Air Bhutan Bhutan
Dynamic Air Dynamite The Netherlands
Eagle Air Service Swiss Eagle Switzerland
Eagle Aviation Gypsy Not Known
East-West European Silver Wing Bulgaria
Eastern Air Executive Eastex UK
Eastern Airways Eastflight UK
Eastern Flying Service Speedair Canada
easyJet Switzerland Topswiss Switzerland
Edinburgh Air Charter Saltire UK
EFS Flug Service Gmbh Flightservice Germany
Euro Exec Express Echo Express Sweden
Euro Flight Sweden Eurowest Sweden
Euroair Transport Alexandra Not Known
Eurobelgian Airlines Belstar Belgium
European Air Taxi Neat UK
European Air Transport / Dhl Eurotrans Belgium
European Aviation Air Charter Eurocharter UK
Euroscot Express Scotair UK
Executive Aviation Services Ltd Jester UK
Executive Jet Aviation Execjet Switzerland
Express Airlines Flagship USA
Express One International Longhorn USA
Express One International Spartus USA
Farner Air Transport Blue Strip Hungary
Fast Air Carrier[?]/Tnt Faster Chile
Faucett Peru Charlie Foxtrot Peru
Federal Express FedEx US
Finnaviation Bluebird Finland
Finnish Air Force Finforce Finland
Flight Precision Cobham UK
Flugdienst Fehlhaber Witchcraft Germany
Flugfelag Austurlands Austurflug Iceland
Flugfelag Nordurlands Norland Iceland
FR Aviation Broadway UK
FR Aviation Rushton UK
French Air Force Foxtrot Mike France
French Air Force - Transport Sq. Cotam France
Frontier Airlines Frontier Flight USA
Garuda Indonesia Airways Indonesia Indonesia
GB Airways Geebee UK
German Air Rescue Ambulance Germany
Germania Joker Germany
Go Fly Goflight UK
Gojet Aviation Gojet UK
GP Express Airlines Regional Express USA
Great Lakes Aviation Lakes Air USA
Great Wall Airlines Changahang China
Greenlandair Glace Denmark
GT Aviation Geetee Avia UK
Gulfstream International Airlines Gulf Flight USA
Hapag Lloyd Express Excellence Germany
Heliair Heli-Bulgaria Bulgaria
Helikopter Service Helibus Norway
Helikopterservice Euro Air Swedcopter Sweden
Hokkaido International Airlines Air Do Japan
Hummingbird Island Airways Hum Maldives
IMP Aviation Service Bluenose Canada
Indian Airlines Indair India
Indonesia Air Transport Intra Indonesia
Industrie Air Charter Induschart France
Inter-Island Air Ugly Van USA
Irish Air Transport Irish Trans Eire
Island Air Alakai USA
Isles Of Scilly Skybus Scillonia UK
Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines Libair Libya
Japan Air Commuter Commuter Japan
Japan Airlines Japanair Japan
Japan Asia Airways Asia Japan
Jetair Flight Academy Speedfox Denmark
KD Air Corporation Kay Dee Canada
Kitty Hawk International Arthur USA
Knight Air Knightway UK
Kuwait Airways[?] Kuwaiti Kuwait
Labrador Airways Lab Air Canada
Langtry Flying Group Proflight UK
Lansa - Lineas Aereas Nacionales Uniform Lima Honduras
Lapa[?] - Lineas Aereas Privadas Argentinas Lapa Argentina
Leeds Central Helicopters Pathfinder UK
Legend Airlines Legendary USA
Liberia World Airlines Hotel Yankee Liberia
Libyan Arab Air Cargo Libac Libya
Lineas Aereas Canarias LCN Spain
Lineas Aereas Suramericanas Suramericano Colombia
Linjeflyg Swedline Sweden
Lionair Lair Luxembourg
London Executive Aviation Lonnex UK
Lte Lufttransport Espana Funjet Spain
Lufttransport Unternehmen LTU Germany
Luxaviation Red Lion Luxembourg
Macedonian Airlines Macair Greece
Macedonian Airlines Makavio Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Maersk Air Bluestar UK
Magadan Airlines Mavial Russia
Majestic Airlines Magic Air USA
Manx Airlines British UK
Markair Interalas USA
May Air Xpress Beechnut USA
McAlpine Helicopters Macline UK
Meridiana Merair Italy
Merlin Express Package Air USA
Mesa Airlines Air Shuttle USA
Metropolitan Police Special UK
Miami Air International Biscayne USA
Middle East Airlines Cedarjet Lebanon
Midway Airlines Jet Express USA
Midwest Airlines Skyship USA
Million Air Mill Air USA
MNG Cargo Airlines Black Sea Turkey
MSR Flug Charter Skyrider Germany
MTM Aviation Aviatrans Germany
Myanmar Airways Unionair Myanmar
My Travel Kestrel UK
My Travel Lite Mylite UK
Nantucket Airlines Ack Air USA
National Airlines Red Rock Not known
National Airlines Natchair South Africa
Nawa Air Transport Supernawa Hungary
New York Helicopter Metrocopter USA
Newair Airservice Newdan Denmark
Newfoundland And Labrador Air Transport Nalair Canada
Nigel Mansell Flight Red UK
Norsk Air Norseman Norway
North British Airlines Teesair UK
North Coast Aviation Air Ohio USA
Northamptonshire School Of Flying Norton UK
Northern Air Cargo Yukon USA
Northern Air Service Nortax USA
Northern Executive Aviation Neatax UK
Novair / Nova Airlines Navigator Sweden
Nurnbergen Flug Flamingo Germany
Nwt Air/Air C'Da Connector Territorial Canada
Oman Air Oryx United Arab Emirates
Ostfriesische Lufttransport Ostfries Germany
Pan American World Airways Clipper USA
Panorama Air Tours Lani USA
Pegasus Airlines Sunturk Turkey
PLM Dollar Group Osprey UK
Polo Aviation Chukka UK
Polynesian Airways Polyair USA
Prince Edward Air Comet Canada
Pro Air Prohawk USA
Propheter Aviation Air Prop USA
Provincial Airlines Starlite Canada
Qinetiq, Boscombe Down Gauntlet UK
Quick Air Dagobert Germany
Ravenair Raven UK
Raytheon Corporate Jets Manta UK
Rex Aviation Tranzair New Zealand
Romavia Aeromavia Romania
Ross Aviation Energy USA
Royal Air Force Rafair UK
Royal Air Force - 33 Group Vortex UK
Royal Air Force Air Support Command Ascot UK
Royal Air Maroc Maroc Air Morocco
Royal Airlines Roy Canada
Royal Australian Air Force Aussie Australia
Royal Flight Kitty/Kittyhawk UK
Royal Flight Helicopters (UK) Rainbow or Sparrowhawk UK
Royal Navy Navy UK
Royal New Zealand Air Force Kiwi New Zealand
Royal Swedish Air Force Swedic Sweden
Ryanair Budget Jet Eire
Saber Cargo Airlines Freighter USA
Safair Cargo South Africa
Sata International Air Acores Portugal
Scot Airways Suckling UK
Servair Swissbird Switzerland
Sichuan Airlines Chuabhang China
Sierra National Airlines Selair Sierra Leone
Skyfreighters Skybus USA
Skyservice Skytour Canada
Skyways Regional Ex-Airborne Of Sweden Midwing Sweden
Skywings Skyfox Switzerland
SMAC - Sabang Merauke Air Charter Samer Indonesia
SMB Stage Line Stage USA
SN Brussels Airlines S-Tail Belgium
South African Airways Springbok South Africa
South East Police Aviation Unit Police UK
South West Air Saint Clair Canada
Southwest Air Lines Nansei Japan
Spanair Sunwing Spain
Spanish Air Force Air Mil Spain
Spirit Airlines Spirit Wings USA
Sports Air Travel West Coast USA
Springdale Air Service Spring Air USA
Star Air White Star Denmark
Star Europe Airlines Starway France
Stratford Airways Festival City Canada
Suburban Air Freight Sub Air USA
Sun Country Airlines Sunshine USA
Sun-Air Sunscan Denmark
Sunaire Sunbird USA
Sunways Intersun Havacilik Intersun Turkey
Sunwest Airlines Sunflight Canada
Superior Aviation Spend Air USA
Surrey And Kent Flying Club Surrey UK
Swedewings Wings Sweden
Swiftair Swift Spain
Swiss Air Ambulance Swiss Ambulance Switzerland
Systems International Airways Florida USA
TACV-Transportes Aereos De Cabo Verde Transverde Cape Verde Islands
Teddy Air Teddys Norway
THY - Turkish Airlines Turkair Turkey
Thomas Cook Airlines Thomas Cook Belgium and UK
Thyssen Krupp Ag Blueline Germany
Titan Airways Zap UK
TNT International Av'n Nitro UK
Tower Air Tee Air USA
Trans Air Link Sky Truck USA
Trans Continental Airlines Transcon USA
Trans European Airlines Eurolines Greece
Trans Mediterranean Airways Tango Lima Lebanon
Trans States Airlines Water Ski USA
Trans World Express Redbird USA
Transaero Airlines Tango Oscar Russia
Transporte E Trabalho Aero Transaero Mozambique
Transportes Aereos Neuquen Taneu Argentina
Tropic Air Tropiser Antigua
Tulip Air Charter Farnair Europe The Netherlands
Tunis Air Tunair Tunisia
UK Royal Flight Kitty or Kittyhawk UK
United Air Services Unitair Zimbabwe
United Parcel Service UPS USA
Universal Airlines Airgo USA
US Airways US Air or US Air Shuttle USA
US Check Airlines Star Check USA
USA Jet Airways Jet USA USA
Uzbekistan Airways Uzbek Uzbekistan
Vanguard Airlines Vanguard Air USA
Viking Express Titan Air USA
Virgin Atlantic Airways Virair USA
Virgin Express France Ladybird France
Virgin Express Ireland Green Isle Eire
Virgin Islands Seaplane Shuttle Waterbird USA
VLM Rubens Belgium
Volga-Dnepr Volga Russia
Waglisla Air Sea Hawk Canada
Warbelows Air Ventures Ventaire USA
Warwickshire Aerocentre Airtax UK
West Air Sweden Air Sweden Sweden
West Coast Air Gambia Coastal The Gambia
Western Pacific Air Service Westpac Solomon Islands
Williams Racing Grandprix UK
Woodgate Air Services Woodair UK
Worldways Canada Canada Canada
Young Flying Service Young Air USA

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, this 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 Air Traffic Control[?]



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