•The term "code" refers to the identifier used inflight schedule, generally the 2-character IATAairline designator code and flight number. Thus,XX123, flight 123 operated by the airline XX,might also be sold by airline YY as YY456 andby ZZ as ZZ9876. •The airline that actually operates the flight (theone providing the plane, the crew and theground handling services) is called the
. The company or companiesthat sell tickets for that flight but do not actuallyoperate it are called
or validating carriers.