FlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1717 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3157 times:
If its on an arrival or departure screen I don't think that they are reallly trying to use the IATA code. I think they are just shortening the name of the airline to fit more information on the screen.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3152 times:
This is quite normal - ICAO messaging for movements etc use 3-character ICAO carrier codes rather than 2-character IATA codes, and the airport display systems are updated by these types of message. Also a number of charter operators only use 3-character codes
BDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 15 Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2918 times:
I remember a number of years ago, we were hearing that in due course, all 2 character airline designators were to be phased out and only the ICAO codes were to be used. This was about 6 years ago now and still this seem not to have come to any fruition at all. Did anyone else hear such a thing?
Also, in terms of what is displayed on public information screens, this information comes from the airport and how the airport and how the airport chooses to administer that information behind the scenes. The flight to which all of this information then relates, is shown in such a manner on the screen.
This is why we sometimes see seemingly "incorrect" or spurious flights displayed on the screens. To the general public, they might seem odd, but a positioning flight or a training flight may appear, when it of course should not, because of the way that the information pertaining to that flight has been coded or administered.
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Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8 Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2879 times:
Quoting Reyes27 (Reply 6): I dont think you should be going to an airport if you don't know which country it is in!
You need to travel more . During February, there were times when I didn't know what state, city, or even timezone I was in with absolute certanty. I even left a friend a voicemal to the effect of "Hi [name], I'm in, uh, well, wherever I was suposed to be, I think. I have about an hour before my next flight, so if you want to give me a call..." (I'm pretty sure I was in IAH at the time, though it may have been ATL, or any number of other places)
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2840 times:
Quoting Glom (Reply 5): Shouldn't we all just switch to ICAO? It would be simpler. It would also help you to know what country your airport is in.
Can't be done. The industry has still not established all the standards for inter-system messaging (for GDS's/CRS certainly) related to 3-character carrier codes, and as far as I'm aware, only Amadeus supports the few rules that do exist for 3 character carrier codes.
As for replacing 3-character airport codes with 4-character ICAO codes, this won't ever ever happen. If anything were to change, it would be to use the 5-character codes used by ferries and railway systems.