NAICS 5 Digit Industry 48121

Industry 48121

NAICS 5  Digit Industry 48121 – Nonscheduled Air Transportation

Definition of NAICS 5 Digit Industry 48121: This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in:

  1. Providing air transportation of passengers and/or cargo with no regular routes and regular schedules or
  2. Providing specialty flying services with no regular routes and regular schedules using general purpose aircraft.

These establishments have more flexibility with respect to choice of airports, hours of operation, load factors, and similar operational characteristics.

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Illustrative Examples of NAICS Code 48121

What are some examples of this industry classification? The bulleted items below are illustrative examples of this 5-digit NAICS industry.

  • Air taxi services
  • Nonscheduled air freight transportation services
  • Aircraft charter services
  • Nonscheduled air passenger transportation services

Cross-References for NAICS Code 48121

What codes are similar to this industry that might be more applicable? The cross-reference guide below displays the codes that are similar to industry 48121. Please review to find the most applicable classification.

  • Crop dusting using specialized aircraft–are classified in Industry 11511, Support Activities for Crop Production;
  • Fighting forest fires using specialized water bombers–are classified in Industry 11531, Support Activities for Forestry;
  • Providing air transportation of passengers and/or cargo over regular routes and on regular schedules–are classified in Industry 48111, Scheduled Air Transportation;
  • Providing specialized air sightseeing services–are classified in Industry 48799, Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other;
  • Aerial gathering of geophysical data–are classified in Industry 54136, Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services;
  • Providing aerial and/or other surveying and mapping services–are classified in Industry 54137, Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services;
  • Providing air ambulance services using specialized equipment–are classified in Industry 62191, Ambulance Services;
  • Operating specialized flying schools, including all training for commercial pilots–are classified in Industry 61151, Technical and Trade Schools;
  • Operating recreation aviation clubs–are classified in Industry 71399, All Other Amusement and Recreation Industries;
  • Operating advocacy aviation clubs–are classified in Industry 81331, Social Advocacy Organizations; and
  • Providing air courier services–are classified in Industry 49211, Couriers and Express Delivery Services.

Other Index Entries for NAICS 5-Digit Industry 48121

The North American Industry Classification System contains multiple index entries that are each descriptive of the same code. The bulleted list below shows all applicable index entries (Current and former) that are associated with industry 48121. These index entries further elaborate on the scope of applicable industries that have already been defined at the top of this page.

  • Air cargo carriers (except air couriers), nonscheduled
  • Air passenger carriers, nonscheduled
  • Air taxi services
  • Aircraft charter services (i.e., general purpose aircraft used for a variety of specialty air and flying services)
  • Aircraft charter services, passenger
  • Aviation clubs providing a variety of air transportation activities to the general public
  • Charter air freight services
  • Charter air passenger services
  • Freight charter services, air
  • Freight transportation, air, charter services
  • Freight transportation, air, nonscheduled
  • Helicopter carriers, freight, nonscheduled
  • Helicopter passenger carriers (except scenic, sightseeing), nonscheduled
  • Nonscheduled air freight transportation
  • Nonscheduled air passenger transportation
  • Passenger air transportation, nonscheduled
  • Passenger carriers, air, nonscheduled
  • Space transportation, freight, nonscheduled
  • Transportation by spacecraft, freight
Industry Breakdown for North American Industry Classification System

NAICS codes are broken down by digit. The broadest description starts with the 2 digit sector codes. The 3 digit subsector codes are more specific, then the 4 digit industry group, 5 digit industry (Where you are now), and the most specific is the 6 digit NAICS code. If the code on this page does not describe the industry of the business in question, then select the largest applicable code below. From there, follow through the progression of smaller digits to the larger digits in order to obtain the most specific 6 digit classification.

  • Sector 48-49: Transportation and Warehousing
    • Subsector 481: Air Transportation
      • Industry Group 4812: Nonscheduled Air Transportation
        • Industry 48121: Nonscheduled Air Transportation (Current Page)
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481211: Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481212: Nonscheduled Chartered Freight Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481219: Other Nonscheduled Air Transportation

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