Both Go First and Jet Airways have lost their airline codes due to non-operational status. The International Air Transport Group (IATA), a global trade group of the world’s airlines, has revoked the two-letter designator codes G8 and 9W for both airlines.
The airline must be in operation in order for a corporation to qualify for an IATA two-letter designator, according to the head of communications at IATA. “Go First is not currently eligible for the IATA two letter designator because it ceased operating commercial flights in early May 2023. The 9W designator also falls under this definition, he continued.
These airlines’ operations for booking tickets, making reservations, and managing luggage may be hampered by the airline code’s removal. These codes serve as an identification for airlines in addition to logos and taglines.
The airline may request the reinstatement of the designator if the conditions are met after the designator and numeric codes have been blocked for a period of 12 months. Go First did not react to inquiries at the time of the fall but a representative for Jalan-Kalrock said, “The 9W code is held by Jet Airways and is currently under preservation with IATA as it is to be used only for commercial operations.” When operations resume, it will be de-preserved.”
The loss of Go First, the erstwhile Wadia group-controlled low-cost airline, comes just a few days after the ailing airline announced its intention to prolong all flight cancellations until September 5.