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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a trade association of the world’s airlines. Consisting of 268 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, the IATA's member airlines account for carrying approximately 83% of total Available Seat Kilometers air traffic. IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. It is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

IATA was formed in April 1945 in Havana, Cuba. It is the successor to the International Air Traffic Association, which was formed in 1919 at The Hague, Netherlands. At its founding, IATA consisted of 57 airlines from 31 countries. Much of IATA’s early work was technical and it provided input to the newly created International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which was reflected in the annexes of the Chicago Convention, the international treaty that still governs the conduct of international air transport today.

The Chicago Convention couldn’t resolve the issue of who flies where, however, and this has resulted in the thousands of bilateral air transport agreements in existence today. The benchmark standard for the early bilaterals was the 1946 United States-United Kingdom Bermuda Agreement.

IATA was also charged by the governments with setting a coherent fare structure that avoided cut-throat competition but also looked after the interests of the consumer. The first Traffic Conference was held in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro and reached unanimous agreement on some 400 resolutions. 

Aviation grew rapidly over the following decades and IATA’s work duly expanded. It transformed its trade association activities to take account of the new dynamics in aviation, which was seeing increasing demand from the leisure sector. Price flexibility became increasingly important and the United States led the way into deregulation in 1978. 

IATA has cemented its position as the voice of the aviation industry in recent years, launching a number of important programs and lobbying governments in the wake of successive crises. Despite its factual influence, the IATA is a trade group with no legislative powers. 


Safety is the number one priority for IATA.The main instrument for safety is the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). IOSA has also been mandated at the state level by several countries. In 2012, aviation posted its safest year ever. The global Western-built jet accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets) was 0.20, the equivalent of one accident every 5 million flights. Future improvements will be founded on data sharing with a database fed by a multitude of sources and housed by the Global Safety Information Center. In June 2014 the IATA set up a special panel to study measures to track aircraft in flight in real time. The move was in response to the disappearance without trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on 8 March 2014.


Security has become increasingly important following the September 11 attacks in 2001. Following a series of uncoordinated rules by different countries, the industry has developed a Checkpoint of the Future, which is based on risk assessment and passenger differentiation.

Simplifying the Business

Simplifying the Business was launched in 2004. This initiative has introduced a number of crucial concepts to passenger travel, including the electronic ticket and the bar coded boarding pass. Many other innovations are being established as part of the Fast Travel initiative, including a range of self-service baggage options.

An innovative program, launched in 2012 is New Distribution Capability.  This will replace the pre-Internet EDIFACT messaging standard that is still the basis of the global distribution system /travel agent channel and replace it with an XML standard. This will enable the same choices to be offered to high street travel shoppers as are offered to those who book directly through airline websites. A filing with the US Department of Transportation brought over 400 comments. 


IATA provides consulting and training services in many areas crucial to aviation.

Travel Agent accreditation is available for travel professionals. Full accreditation allows agents to sell tickets on behalf of all IATA member airlines.

Cargo Agent accreditation is a similar program.

IATA also runs the Billing and Settlement Plan, which is a $300 billion-plus financial system that looks after airline money.

And it provides a number of business intelligence publications and services.

Training covers all aspects of aviation and ranges from beginner courses through to senior management courses.

IATA manages the Ticket Tax Box Service (TTBS), a database of taxes for airlines. 


The list below will help you find out the airline two letter code and designator. It also indicates if an airline is a member of an alliance.

Airline name2-letter code
Airline name2-letter code
Jet Airways9W
LAN ColombiaLA
Aegean AirlinesA3
American AirlinesAA
Air BerlinAB
LOT - Polish AirlinesLO
Air CanadaAC
SWISS International Air LinesLX
Air FranceAF
El Al Israel AirlinesLY
Air AlgerieAH
Middle East AirlinesME
Air IndiaAI
Malaysia AirlinesMH
Aerolineas ArgentinasAR
China Eastern AirlinesMU
Alaska AirlinesAS
Royal Air MarocAT
All Nippon AirwaysNH
Northwest AirlinesNW
Air New ZealandNZ
Olympic AirOA
British AirwaysBA
Czech AirlinesOK
Austrian AirlinesOS
Royal Brunei AirlinesBI
Croatia AirlinesOU
Eva AirBR
Estonian AirOV
Air ChinaCA
Asiana AirlinesOZ
China AirlinesCI
Bangkok AirwaysPG
Cathay PacificCX
Ukraine International AirlinesPS
Cyprus AirwaysCY
Qantas AirwaysQF
China Southern AirlinesCZ
Qatar AirwaysQR
Delta Air LinesDL
Atlantic AirwaysRC
Norwegian Air ShuttleDY
Aer ArannRE
Aer LingusEI
Royal JordanianRJ
Ethiopian AirlinesET
Siberia AirlinesS7
Etihad AirwaysEY
South African AirwaysSA
Bulgaria AirFB
Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)SK
Brussels AirlinesSN
Rossiya-Russia AirlinesFV
Singapore AirlinesSQ
Garuda IndonesiaGA
Aeroflot Russian AirlinesSU
Gulf AirGF
Saudi Arabian AirlinesSV
Air NamibiaSW
Air SeychellesHM
Eastern AirwaysT3
Thai Airways InternationalTG
Hong Kong AirlinesHX
Turkish AirlinesTK
Uzbekistan AirwaysHY
TAP PortugalTP
United AirlinesUA
Azerbaijan Hava YollaryJ2
SriLankan AirlinesUL
TAM AirlinesJJ
Air ZimbabweUM
Transaero AirlinesUN
Japan AirlinesJL
US AirwaysUS
Adria AirwaysJP
Air EuropaUX
Air AstanaKC
VLM Airlines (Cityjet)VG
Korean AirKE
Vietnam AirlinesVN
Virgin Atlantic AirwaysVS
KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesKL
Air TahitiVT
Air MaltaKM
Arik AirW3
Kenya AirwaysKQ
Oman AirWY
Kuwait AirwaysKU
Monarch AirlinesZB

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