Airliner Type Codes


ICAO Aircraft Codes

One aircraft coding system, maintained by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), uses 3 or 4 character alphanumeric codes assigned to aircraft types and subtypes.

ICAO codes are used in operations by airlines and air traffic controllers. For example, a Boeing 777-300 is assigned ICAO Code B773.

IATA Aircraft Codes

International Air Transport Association (IATA) codes are 3-character alphanumeric designations used by the public and in airline timetables.

For example, the Boeing 777-300 is assigned IATA Code 773.

Boeing Customer Codes

The Boeing Company uses a series of 2-character Airline Customer Codes to identify the original-build customer for all Boeing 7x7 aircraft, up to and including the Boeing 777. The code system is not used on the 787 and the 737Max.

One example would be Emirates Boeing 777-31H. This is a 777-300 series aircraft originally built for Emirates, Boeing Airline Customer Code 1H.

Included below is a table of the Boeing customer codes used for some larger and popular world airlines.

Boeing Customer Code Airline
06 KLM
09 China Airlines
22 United
23 American Airlines
24 Continental Airlines
28 Air France
30 Lufthansa and Condor
31 Trans World Airlines
32 Delta Airlines
33 Air Canada
36 British Airways
38 Qantas
46 Japan Air Lines
47 Western Airlines
51 Northwest
52 Aeromexico
56 Iberia
57 Swiss Air
58 ElAl
59 Avianca
60 Ethiopian Airlines
67 Cathay Pacific
68 Saudia
69 Kuwait Airways
81 All Nippon Airways
82 TAP
83 SAS
90 Alaska Air
91 Frontier
1B China Southern
1H Emirates
1R Virgin Atlantic
2A Hawaiian Airlines
2W TAM /LATAM
3V EasyJet
4A United Parcel Service (UPS)
8E Asiana Airlines
9L Air China
AS Ryan Air
B5 Korean Air
B7 US Airways
BT Lufthansa Cargo
DZ Qatar Airways
F6 Philippine Airlines
FX Ethiad Airways
GP Lion
H4 Southwest
H6 Malaysia Airlines
J6 Air China
S2 FedEx


Emirates Boeing 777-31H, UAE Registration Number A6-EMV.
This is a 777-300 series aircraft originally built for Emirates, Boeing Airline Customer Code 1H
EEmirates Boeing 777-31H, Registration Number A6-EMV. This is a 777-300 series aircraft originally purchased by Emirates, Boeing Airline Customer Code 1H

Boeing 727-223, N874AA in American Airlines livery, on display at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington. This aircraft was delivered to American Airlines (Boeing Customer Code 23) in April of 1978. (Staff Photo)
Boeing 727-223, N874AA in American Airlines livery, on display at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington, May 2013. This aircraft was delivered to American in April of 1978. It was transferred to the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, in March of 2016.

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