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wxman11
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Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:15 am

Hi folks,

Just curious to know what the airline code was for the following air carriers:

for example,
United, UA,016
All Nippon Airways, NH, 205

What were these??
PanAm
TWA
Eastern (the old one, not the new one that just started)
Braniff
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:17 am

Pan Am - PA
TWA - TW
Eastern - EA
Braniff - BN
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:18 am

Pan Am was PA. TWA was TW. Eastern was EA (and the current iteration of Eastern has the EA code back). Braniff was BN .
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:21 am

How about the airline number code?

UA is 016
NH is 205
LA is 045

What were PA, BN, TW, EA?
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:25 am

You mean ticketing number.

PA = 026
TW = 015
EA = 007

Cant recall BN
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:31 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):

Thanks for that info. Yes, I meant ticket numbers. Funny how IATA doesn't know it as ticket numbers in their TACT rules book.
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:06 am

Since you mentioned UA already, here is the others.

AA-001
CO-005
DL-006

I can't remember NW and US.
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:18 am

And for completeness the ICAO

PanAm - PAA
TWA - TWA
Eastern (the old one, not the new one that just started) - EAL
Braniff - BNF
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:01 am

US - 037
NW - 012

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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:12 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
You mean ticketing number.
Quoting wxman11 (Reply 5):
Yes, I meant ticket numbers. Funny how IATA doesn't know it as ticket numbers in their TACT rules book.

Actually, LAXintl, wxman was closer to getting it right than you were.

IATA's official names for their codes:
"Two-Character Designator", eg TW for TWA
"Accounting Code", eg 015 for TWA, used for passenger traffic documents such as tickets, charge orders, etc etc
"Airline Prefix Code", in the same format as the accounting code and used for cargo traffic documents. Airlines that provide both passenger and cargo service use the same code for both.

An excellent source of information on both current as and historical assignments of both IATA and ICAO codes can be found here: http://www.avcodes.co.uk/

Quoting UA444 (Reply 6):
Since you mentioned UA already, here is the others.

The OP wasn't asking for the codes for all current US airlines - UA and NH were mentioned as examples.
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:48 pm

NH stands for Nippon Helicopter, a business which NH done long long ago.
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:14 pm

What was Piedmont's ticketing number? (the original Jet Piedmont not current US Express carrier)
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:28 pm

Most of what you would want to know as far as two letter codes and three letter numerical ticket and cargo codes can be found at this site.

http://www.kovrik.com/sib/travel/airline-codes.txt
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:40 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
You mean ticketing number.

PA = 026
TW = 015
EA = 007

Cant recall BN

Braniff was 002.
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:44 pm

Quoting ridgid727 (Reply 12):
ridgid727

Thanks, but it appears to only contain current airlines and the only questions asked so far have been about previous ones.
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:55 pm

Related thread from 2008.
Listing 3-digit Airline Identifiers (by Hailstone Apr 23 2008 in Civil Aviation)

You'll find current IATA 2-letter and 3-digit codes in the IATA website. If you don't know the code, can search by airline name.
http://www.iata.org/publications/Pages/code-search.aspx
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:09 pm

Quoting afcjets (Reply 11):
What was Piedmont's ticketing number? (the original Jet Piedmont not current US Express carrier)

Piedmont was 030
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:57 pm

Here are some defunct airlines and codes from my list. I couldn't find all of the accounting codes. One didn't use one.
I included US Airways 037 as that will cease to be issued in a month.
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002 BN Braniff
003 RW AirWest/ Hughes Airwest
012 NW Northwest
015 TW Trans World Airlines TWA
017 Western Airlines
018 CP Canadian Pacific, CPAir, Candian
026 PA Pan American
032 RC Republic Airlines (Post NC, SO, RW mergers)
037 US US Airways/USAir/Allegheny
042 RG Varig
051 LB Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
085 SR Swissair
106 BW BWIA British West Indies
119 ALM Antillean Airlines (Netherlands Antilles)">LM ALM Antillean Airlines
132 MX Mexicana
156 EH SAETA (Ecuador)
210 PL Aero Perú
302 OO SkyWest
341 EU Ecuatoriana
401 HP America West
460 OE WestAir Commuter (Calif.) (originally VB)
520 PS PSA Pacific Southwest Airlines
593 OC Air California/AirCal
705 PZ LAP Lineas Aereas Paraguayas/Air Paraguay
816 ID Apollo Airways (Calif)
818 VB WestAir (pre-Pacific Express

[Edited 2015-09-18 16:42:58]
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:09 pm

Quoting Wingtips56 (Reply 17):
025 PA Pan American

As mentioned in Reply 4, Pan Am was 026 not 025.
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:44 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 18):
As mentioned in Reply 4, Pan Am was 026 not 025.

Yup. Typo. I was holding a PanAm ticket in my hand and still messed up. Corrected my list. Thanks.
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:42 am

Quoting Wingtips56 (Reply 17):
ere are some defunct airlines and codes from my list. I couldn't find all of the accounting codes. One didn't use one.
I included US Airways 037 as that will cease to be issued in a month.
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002 BN Braniff
003 RW AirWest/ Hughes Airwest
012 NW Northwest
015 TW Trans World Airlines TWA
017 Western Airlines
018 CP Canadian Pacific, CPAir, Candian
025 PA Pan American
032 RC Republic Airlines (Post NC, SO, RW mergers)
037 US US Airways/USAir/Allegheny
042 RG Varig
051 LB Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
085 SR Swissair
106 BW BWIA British West Indies
119 ALM Antillean Airlines (Netherlands Antilles)">LM ALM Antillean Airlines
132 MX Mexicana
156 EH SAETA (Ecuador)
210 PL Aero Perú
302 OO SkyWest
341 EU Ecuatoriana
401 HP America West
460 OE WestAir Commuter (Calif.) (originally VB)
520 PS PSA Pacific Southwest Airlines
593 OC Air California/AirCal
705 PZ LAP Lineas Aereas Paraguayas/Air Paraguay
816 ID Apollo Airways (Calif)
818 VB WestAir (pre-Pacific Express

Thanks great list I remember most of them from the days of hand-writing tickets!! I'm a bit old
Question wasn't 003 National Airlines ? Also who was 004? Capitol maybe?

Thanks much
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:45 am

Oops... left off the code for ALM. It was ... drumroll.... ALM Antillean Airlines (Netherlands Antilles)">LM.

I "grew up" hand-writing tickets too. Nothing like screwing up on the 4th conjunction ticket and having to start the whole thing all over again. But it was cool thinking that someone in Europe would be lifting my coupon ... and trying to make out my writing. I print to this day from all the practice.

Somewhere I have my hand-written AA ticket receipt from July 1966 (BOS-JFK-SFO), reissued from the original TWA BOS-SFO ticket as a result of the great airline strike that summer than stopped most of the majors. We were a week late getting home while seats were being found. It was redeye AA 33, JFK-SFO on a 707. The movie was "Arabesque", although I think the projector jammed. Brown bread and cream cheese sandwich. Ordered my first airline model kits from a flyer in the inflight magazine. It was all downhill from there!

Quoting mwh787 (Reply 20):
Question wasn't 003 National Airlines ?

Could be. I vaguely remember seeing 003 but can't place it. Capital was before my time (in the Industry). Capitol (O) later I think was charter and may not have issued IATA tickets.

I'm still looking for some of my other old tickets, as I can't remember more codes. Like Aeropostal, DanAir, Cascade. Lots of boarding passes and bag stubs, but a lot of my travel was on nonrev tickets issued by my employer airlines.
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:06 am

The original National Airlines (NA) was 010.
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:19 am

Quoting StrandedAtMKG (Reply 2):
Eastern was EA (and the current iteration of Eastern has the EA code back).

I thought some other airline was using it.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
Braniff - BN

The 1991ish Braniff was BE, correct?

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
Pan Am - PA

What about those other Pan Ams?
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:02 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 23):
What about those other Pan Ams?

I think the last one was PN. Pan Am 2 was PA.
 
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RE: Coding Of Airlines

Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:38 pm

Continental - CAL - CO was 005
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