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Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:36 am

I love to learn different Airlines call signs. I know a few unique call signs like:

Pan Am - Clipper
Southeast - Sun King
My Travel - Kestrel
European Air Charter - EuroCharter
Air2000 - JetSet

(Can you tell I used to work at SFB?)

I know there are many more and I would like to start a list of unique call signs.

Also, how does an airline acquire a unique call sign? Do they have to pay extra to the FAA or ICAO?

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:39 am

SA: Springbok
EI: Shamrock
BA: SpeedBird
CI: Dynasty (or, knowing this airline, is that "Die-Nasty"?  Laugh out loud)

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:40 am

PSA (Usairways express) I believe is "Blue Streak," atleast that's what is sounds like the tower calls them.

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:41 am

NY- New Yorka Air Used "Apple" when they flew in the 80's.
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:42 am

America West --Cactus
Valujet used to use -- Critter
Arrow Air used to use --Big A
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:44 am

Well Springbok is taken so here are two:
Royal Swazi: Swallow
BA: Speedbird

I'll try and get some more in

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:46 am

A couple of old ones....Air Florida was 'Palm', and Air One was 'Gateway', being based in STL.

 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:55 am

LTE - FunJet
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Viking - SwedJet

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 5:01 am

AirAsia is "Asian Express" on the radio.

Garuda Indonesia is "indonesia" as oppoed to "garuda" which many ppl used.

Malaysia Airlines is "Malaysia" but sometimes called "malaysian".
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 5:26 am

Abex in Airborne Express

Giant is Atlas

Citrus is Air Tran

Cactus is America West

Amtran is ATA

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 6:04 am

Atlantic Southeast (ASA)-- Candler
Atlantic Coast (ACA)--- Blue Ridge
Pinnacle Airlines (NWA Regional)--- Flagship
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 6:09 am

Hi. I would like to know what the demonstrator plane for Airbus, Boeing etc is called.

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Are they recognized by ATC as House, Experimental or the future airline call sign?

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 6:11 am

"Are they recognized by ATC as House, Experimental or the future airline call sign?"

No, but they have their Registration number...
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 6:18 am

here's a few that come to mind:

Trans states: "waterski"
CO Express: "jetlink"
Sata Int'l: "Azores"
Cape Air: "Care"
Miami Air: "Biscayne"
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 7:07 am

Here's a site with every callsign you'll ever want: http://www.airodyssey.net/reference/callsigns.html

US Airways- "USAir", despite the name change several years ago.
American Eagle- "Eagle Flight"

I've seen over the years that some airlines just shorten their names for the callsign:
-Air Jamaica- "Jamaica", although I've seen it on websites as "Julliet Mike".
-Royal- ROY
-Air Transat- Transat

Rocky- You're right, PSA is "Blue Streak".

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 7:12 am

Does anyone know Southwest's call sign??
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 7:16 am

Southwest is "Southwest" I believe.

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 7:18 am

Mesa is Air Shuttle and Trans States when I was with them and I am sure its still the same is Water Ski.
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 7:20 am

Southwest's call sign is Southwest.

Just wondering if there were any special "Paperwork" an airline has to go through to get a unique call sign. I can't believe WN's call sign is not Luv or something cute like that. What would keep them from using one that is unique.

Must be a headache for ATC when they get a new carrier or for a New controller!
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 7:47 am

ATA Connection - Windy City (or just Windy)
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 8:04 am

"Are they recognized by ATC as House, Experimental or the future airline call sign?"

No, but they have their Registration number...



I don't know about these days, but in the Soviet Union, SU flights were recognized by their registration numbers. The pilot would initiate conversation by using his plane's registration number. In the example of this airplane, he would say, "I, 85436..."

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:12 am

Valuejuet was "Critter" if I am not mistaken..
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:16 am

Polar Air Cargo = "Polar Tiger "
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:18 am

From here in the caribbean we have........

BWIA West Indies Airways - West Indian

Caribbean Star Airlines - CaribStar

LIAT - Liat

Air Jamaica - Jamaica

I think West Indian is a classic....

I like to be be in the ops room when they call in..

"Company, good afternoon, this is the West Indian 844."
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:19 am

Looking through the above site on codes, a few on there I like:

TNT Int'l: Nitro
Air 2000: Jet Set
Atlantic Coast Jet: Patriot
DBA: Speedway
Zip: Zipper
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:19 am

5T = Empress

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:22 am



Others:

Flight Line, Inc. is American Check
Arrow Airways is "Big A"
United Commuter flights are "Blue Ridge"
A flight with the Canadian PM is "CANFORCE 1"
Danube Air is "Dove"
Guyana Air is "Guy Air"
Belize Trans Air is "Jaguar"
Midnite Express is "Late Night"
Falcon Air is "Motor City"
Island Air Express is 'Rainbird'
Air Exel Belgique is "Shadow"
Inter-Island Air is "Ugly Van"
A flight with HRH the Prince of Wales is "Unicorn"

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:22 am

One i like alot was National Airlines---"red rock"
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:24 am

Here's the FAA's list.

http://www2.faa.gov/ATPUBS/CNT/3-3.HTM

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:25 am

Canada 3000 was Elite
Air BC was Air Coach
HMY airways is Harmony
Fedex in canada is Morningstar
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:27 am

I loved National's callsign "Red Rock"

Wasn't TWA express called "Red Bird"?

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:36 am

I've heard that somewhere in Europe or Mediterranean, people there cannot pronounce the word "QANTAS", so their call sign become QF when flying through that area.

Can anyone confirm if this is true, and which exact country is that?
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:47 am

Here are a few small airlines from HNL:

Island Air: "Moku" (used to be "Princeville")
Pacific Wings: "Tsunami"
Trans Air: "Maui"
Corporate Air (FedEx Feeder): "Air Spur"
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:49 am

Thanks DeltaRules and Flyf15 for the sites, answers most of my questions!
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:51 am

Don't forget the bizjets .....

"Grasshopper"
"Hopa-jet"
"Invader Jack"
"Vegas Heat"
"Execjet"
"Options"
"Jetspeed"
"Kansas"
"Flexjet"
"Turbo Dog"

etc .....

http://www.airlinecodes.co.uk/airlcodesearch.asp

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:58 am

Why is MyTravel called "kestrel" ????

I like Speedbird for BA. Another of my favorites was Red Rock (National) and dynasty is something different! And of course, Giant (Atlas) is very fitting considering that they are all 747..... Giants!

I wish Southwest had a more creative call sign.... maybe "Luv"? but then when you are releasing flight # 269 you'd have to say "Luv two six nine"......DOH!  Acting devilish


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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 10:35 am

ACA is blue ridge

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 2:01 pm


Here's a nice web site listing airline callsigns.

http://sim-files.com/ra/callsigns.htm
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 2:28 pm

The "usual" callsigns for Airtran and Valujet have been listed here, but there is one more. Before the Valujet-Airtran merger was 100% complete, the company operated under the "Manatee"-callsign
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:22 pm

The FAA, IATA, and ICAO all recongnize Air Jamaica as "Juliette Mike" not Jamaica. It's a common mistake. Probably has to do with how "Jamaica" would sound over the radio....
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 5:24 pm

Air Holland : 'Orange'  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 5:49 pm

SAS: Scandinavian
Novair: Navigator
Premiair / MyTravel: Viking
Skyways: Sky Express
Malmö Aviation: Scan Wing
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 5:49 pm

Anyone know Jetmagic's call sign? Magic maybe?
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 6:50 pm

"United Commuter flights are 'Blue Ridge'"

Not all of them. Skywest is Skywest, operated on the west coast, out of SEA and PDX.
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:17 pm

Air Florida used the call sign "Palm".
When I worked with FAA en route controllers in the early '60's, Sabena used their registration and not a call sign and flight number. One I remember was a 707 with the registration OO-SJC - "Oboe Oboe Sugar Jig Charlie".
National Airlines #1, at that time, used "National".
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 10:14 pm


SierraAir,

I listen to live ATC at both JFK and Chicago very frequently. Air Jamaica's flights are always referred to as "Jamaica" and the flight number.

 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Wed Oct 29, 2003 10:34 pm

Icelandair : frozen  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
NetJets Europe : skyshare
Air France : Air France
707CMF : Kilofox  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:15 am

I love these 3:

Dynasty: China Airlines
Effex: Sunrise Airlines (USA)
And the greatest! Big thumbs up
Turismo: ABSA Aerelinhas Brasileiras

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RE: Airline Call Signs

Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:21 am

Iran Air is called "HOMA" which is a Persian legend bird.
 
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RE: Airline Call Signs

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:43 am

Military callsigns have always been some of my favorites...


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