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Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:58 pm

Hi,
I heard that generally airlines use specific letters in their callsigns to indicate special flgihts, e.g. 'P' for positioning flights and 'T' for training flights. My question, do you know any other general letters that are used to indicate special flights?
 
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Re: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:25 am

I don’t really think that happens very often. Usually repositioning flights, charters and other special flights are just in the 9000’s.
 
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Re: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:50 am

QLink "xyz" Delta is one example that if I remember right signifies that the aircraft is a Dash 8 Q400. The xyz is the flight number.
 
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Re: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:20 am

Not really like that. Airline specific.

My country's example: LOT uses 7xxx for charters, 9xxx (usually 95xx) for technical flights.

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Re: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:08 am

Okay, thank you guys. I think the examples I mentioned are for EasyJet only.
 
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Re: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:12 am

At my previous airline P was used for positioning such as "S5344P".
At my current one all of our charters start with "9xxx" which helps differentiate the flights on the rosters, when I saw the subject I thought you meant when ATC Callsigns change from WF101 to WF 2BK for example.
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Re: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:59 pm

NozPerry wrote:
At my previous airline P was used for positioning such as "S5344P".

Not for all ferrys anymore...ferry flights are now mostly starting with 9 as well (even though a few seem to be still using the old system), also alphanumeric callsigns for most flights have been introduced this year (if you are referring to SPA which I guess from the S5).
 
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Re: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:00 am

Many European companies are using letters now in the call signs, usually the flight number and call sign numbers are different. BA and VS do this and I noticed EK using them a few days ago, not sure if that's new or not.
 
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Re: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:27 am

Whiteguy wrote:
Many European companies are using letters now in the call signs, usually the flight number and call sign numbers are different. BA and VS do this and I noticed EK using them a few days ago, not sure if that's new or not.


In terms of the flight number, it is always numeric. ATC callsigns however can be alphanumeric due to the fact that in Europe you have a high chance of duplication of flight numbers across many airlines. For example, British Airways #92 is what passengers' e-tickets, boarding passes, and checked luggage says is the flight number however the ATC flight plan and the pilots will use the callsign Speedbird 5CA (Five Charlie Alpha). The routine concept of having alpha-numeric callsigns for ATC seems to be a European-only thing. Just look at European airspace on FlightRadar24, you'll see lots of this. North American operators occasionally add a letter to the end of a flight number but it is usually to differentiate between a live flight and positioning flight that are operating at the same time between the same cities.
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