Frequently used Airline Acronyms

FirstLinkAero Airline Acronyms

A4A Airlines for America GAAP Generally accepted accounting principles
AACO Arab Air Carriers Organisation GASAG Global Aviation Security Action Group
AAPA Association of Asia Pacific Airlines GATS General Agreement on Trade in Services
AASA Airline Association of Southern Africa GDP Gross domestic product
ABC Activity based costing GDS Global distribution system
ABTA Association of British Travel Agents GIT Group inclusive tour
ACAC Arab Civil Aviation Commission GNP Gross national product
ACAS Airborne Collision Avoidance System GNSS Global Navigation Satellite Systems
ACC Airport Consultative Committee (a committee of IATA) GPS Global Positioning System
ACI Airports Council International GPWS Ground Proximity Warning System
ACMI Aircraft, crew, mainenance, and insurance (a form of wet-leasing) GSA General sales agent
AD Airworthiness directive GSE Ground support equipment
AEA Association of European Airlines GSP Ground Service Provider
AECMA European Association of Aerospace Industries GTAA Greater Toronto Airport Authority
AFCAC African Civil Aviation Commission HF High Frequency
AFRAA African Airlines Association HUD Head up display
AFTN Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network IACA International Air Carrier Association
ALPA Air Line Pilots Association IAPA International Airline Passengers Association
ALTA Asociación Latinoamericana del Transporte Aéreo IATA International Air Transport Association
ANS Air Navigation Services IATAN International Airlines Travel Agent Network (subsidiary of IATA)
AOC Air operator’s certificate IATF International Airline Training Fund
AOCC Airline operations control centre ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
AOG Aircraft on ground (e.g. unserviceable) ICAO International Civil Aviation Organisation
API Advance passenger information ICCS IATA Currency Clearance Service
APIS Advance passenger information systems ICH IATA Clearing House
APU Auxcillary power unit IFALPA International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations
APV Acceptable perceived value IFATCA International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations
ARC Airline Reporting Corporation IFC Inflight communications
ARINC Aeronautical Radio Inc (US) IFE Inflight entertainment
ASA Air services agreement IFSP In-flight security personnel
ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations ILS Instrument Landing System
ASECNA Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar IO Industrial organisation (economics)
ASK Available seat-kilometre – one seat flown one kilometre whether occupied or not (a measure of output) IOC Indirect operating cost
ASM Available seat-mile – one seat flown one mile whether occupied or not (a measure of output) IOSA IATA Operational Safety Audit
ASO Agency services office IP Initial provisioning
ASPA Association of South Pacific Airlines IPO Initial public offering
ASTA American Society of Travel Agents IRR Internal rate of return
ATAC Air Transport Association of Canada IRU irepresentu.travel a trading name of First Link Australia
ATAG Air Transport Action Group ISO International Standards Organisation
ATB Air Transport Association of America IT Information technology
ATC Air traffic control ITF International Transport Workers Federation
ATK Available tonne-kilometre – one tonne of payload capacity flown one kilometre, whether sold or not ITU International Telecommunication Union
ATK Available Tonne Kilometre JAA Joint Aviation Authorities
ATM Available ton-mile – one ton   of payload capacity flown one   mile JAG Japan Action Group
ATM Air traffic management JAR Joint Aviation Requirements
ATN Aeronautical Telecommunication Network JIT Just in time (inventory management)
ATNS Air Traffic and Navigation Services LACAC Latin American Civil Aviation Commission
ATPCO Airline Tariff Publishing Company LRAC Long run average cost
ATS Air traffic services LRMC Long run marginal cost
ATS/DS Air traffic services direct speech LROPS Long range operations
ATSP Air traffic services providers LRU Line replaceable unit
AUC Air Transport Users Council MAF Miniumum acceptable fare
AVC Average variable cost MANPADS Man Portable Air Defense Systems
AWB Air waybill MCT Minimum connecting time
BAR Board of Airline Representatives MEL Minimum equipment list
BCBP Bar coded boarding passes MES Minimum efficient scale
BELF Break-even load factor MFF Mixed fleet flying
BFE Buyer furnished equipment MIDT Marketing information data tape
BIDT Billing information data tape MITA Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreements
BITA Bilateral interline trafdfic agreement MLS Microwave Landing System
BSP Bank Settlement Plan – a financial settlement system operated between airlines and travel agents by IATA MOT Ministry of Transport
C OF A Certificate of airworthiness MOU Memorandum of Understanding
C OF R Certificate of registration MTOW Maximum take off weight
C/I Counterindemnity agreement (BSP) NPV Net present value
CAA Civil Aviation Authority O & D Origin and destination
CAAC Civil Aviation Administration of China OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
CAB Civil Aeronautics Board (US) OEM Original equipment manafacturer
CANSO Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation ORC Overriding commission
CAPPS II Computer assisted passenger pre-screening system PAAST Pan-American Aviation Safety Team
CARGO IMP Cargo interchange message procedures PATA Pacific Asia Travel Association
CASE Computer aided software engineering PMA Parts manafacturing approval
CASM Cost per available seat mile (a unit cost) PNR Passenger name record
CAT Clear air turbulence PR Public relations
CAT 1,2,3 Categories defined by ICAO for bad weather landings PRM Persons with reduced mobility
CATB Cargo Agency Training Board PROFIT Prevention of Fraud in Travel
CBP Customs and Border Protection QC Quick change
CBPP Cargo Business Processes Panel QSI Quality of service index
CCQ Cross crew qualification RASM Revenue per available seat mile
CDA Continuous descent approach RATM Revenue per availabe ton mile
CFIT Controlled flight into terrain RBT Resource based theory of competitor advantage or strategy
CFMU Central flow management unit RFID Radio frequency identification
CIP Commercial incentive program RJ Regional jet
CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora RMS Revenue management system
CNS Communication, navigation, and surveillance RNAV Area navigation
CNS Communications RNP Required navigation performance
CNSC Cargo Network Services Corporation (subsiduary of IATA) Rotables Rotables are high volume components that are either returned to service – not necessarily on the same aircraft – or held in inventory after repair or overhaul, rather than being consumed in use or discarded after use
CPT Computer based training RPK Revenue passenger kilometre – one revenue passenger flown one kilometre (a measure of sold output)
CRS Computer reservation system RPM Revenue passenger mile – one revenue passenger flown one mile (a measure of sold output)
CUSS Common Use Self-Service RSVM Reduced vertical separation minima
CUTE Common user terminal equipment RTK Revenue tonne kilometre – one tonne of payload flown one kilometre
CVR Cockpit Voice Recorder RTM Revenue ton-mile – one ton of payload flown one mile
D3 Demand driven despatch RV Residual value
DFDR Digital Flight Data Recorder SATCOM Satellite communications system
DFM Dynamic fleet management SB Service bulletin
DGCA Directorate General of Civil Aviation SCP Structure conduct performance appraoch to competitive advantage or strategy
DGR Dangerous Goods Regulations Seat pitch Distance from the point where the back and pan of a seat join to the same point on the seat in front
DOC Direct operating cost SEMS Security management systems
DOJ Department of Justice (US) SES Single European Sky
DOT Department of Transportation (US) SFE Seller furnished equipment
DOT Department of Transportation (US) SIP Sales incentive program
EAG European Action Group SITA Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques
EASO European Aviation Suppliers Organisation SMS Safety management systems
EATCHIP European ATC Harmonisation and Integration Programme SPA Special prorate agreement
EBAA European Business Aviation Association SPT Simplifying passenger travel
ECAA European Common Aviation Area SRAC Short run average cost
ECAC European Civil Aviation Conference SRMC Short run marginal cost
ECTAA Group of National Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations within the EU SST Super Sonic Transport
EDI Electronic data interchange STB Simplifying the business
ERA European Regions Airlines Association STEADES Safety Trend Evaluation, Analysis & Data Exchange System
ET Electronic Ticketing TACO Travel agency commission overide
ETOPS Extended range twin engine operations TCAA Transatlantic common aviation area
ETS Emissions Trading Scheme TCAS Traffic collision avoidance system
EU European Union TOC Total operating cost
EUROCONTROL European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation TSA Transportation Security Administration
FAA Federal Aviation Administration (US) TTL Ticketing time limit
FAA Federal Aviation Administration TWIC Transport Worker ID Card
FAK Freight-all-kinds (rate) TWOV Transit without visa
FAL Facilitation UATP Universal Air Travel Plan
FDA Flight Data Analysis UFTAA Universal Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations
FDR Flight Data Recorder ULD Unit load device
FFP Frequent flyer programme Unit cost Operating cost per ASK, ASM, ATK, or ATM
FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association Unit revenue Operating revenue per ASK, ASM, ATK, or ATM
FIR Flight Information Region VAT Value added tax
FLA FirstLink Aero a trading name of First Link Australia VFR Visiting friends and relatives
FMS Flight Management System VHF Very high frequency
FOD Fuel over destination VSAT Vectoral satellite
FOQA Flight Operations Quality Assurance WHO World Health Organisation
FTK Freight tonne kilometre WTO World Tourism Organisation
FTM Freight ton mile WTTC World Travel and Tourism Council
FUAAV Fedération Universelle des Associations d’Agences de Voyages Yield Revenue per RPK, RPM or RTK, RTM