Akasa Air announced “QP” as its airline code

Akasa Air, which is planning to start its commercial flight operations in July, on Tuesday, May 17 announced its airline code – “QP”.

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Every airline in the world has a designator code. For example, IndiGo’s code is “6E”, Go First’s is “G8” and Air India’s is “AI”.

Akasa Air announced “QP” as its airline code

IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the world’s airlines.

The standard is described in IATA’s Standard Schedules Information Manual and the codes themselves are described in IATA’s Airline Coding Directory.

The IATA codes were originally based on the ICAO designators which were issued in 1947 as two-letter airline identification codes (see the section below).

Akasa Air is backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and aviation veterans Vinay Dube and Aditya Ghosh

IATA expanded the two-character system with codes consisting of a letter and a digit (or vice versa) e.g. EasyJet’s U2 after ICAO had introduced its current three-letter-system in 1982. Until then only combinations of letters were used.

Akasa Air said on Twitter, “Quite Proud to announce our airline code – QP!”

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The airline, which is backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and aviation veterans Vinay Dube and Aditya Ghosh, received the no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in August 2021 to launch commercial flight operations.

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With the Directorate General of Civil Aviation giving the green light to Boeing 737 Max aircraft in late August 2021, Akasa Air signed a deal with Boeing on November 26, 2021, to purchase 72 Max planes.

India’s aviation sector has been growing quickly, with more and more people opting for air travel. The traffic on airlines has almost reached pre-pandemic levels due to a drop in COVID-19 cases.

Aviation consultancy firm CAPA said in November 2021 that the disruption in the Indian aviation sector due to Akasa Air will possibly be felt from 2024-25 onwards “once it has the scale and achieves a competitive cost base”.