There are specific languages official for every airline (i.e. United Airlines)?

I think the mostly used is English, but what about for example AeroItalia or Sunrise Airways or Cathay Pacific or Air India or Aeroflot? And other international flights?

Is there a rule in this way?

Note: This is a more general version of: Are most flights to Japan staffed by hosts with good Japanese?

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    Whilst not a direct duplicate, this is mostly answered by travel.stackexchange.com/questions/4596/…
    – Doc
    Feb 7, 2023 at 18:31
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    While I don't think that you intended this with your question, English is the official language of international Air Traffic Control
    – Peter M
    Feb 7, 2023 at 18:58
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    English is the primary language of Singapore so Singapore Airlines is perhaps a poor example. Airlines on SIA are mostly in English, some are in all 4 official languages of Singapore.
    – MJeffryes
    Feb 7, 2023 at 21:20
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    Airlines based in Singapore (Scoot & SIA) usually only announces in English. Feb 8, 2023 at 4:17
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    @ArunabhBhattacharya Oh! I took flights to India only. Probably in different sectors. Feb 8, 2023 at 5:25

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Yes. Announcements are made in the local language (to the airline, departure, or arrival) and English. Sometimes it means multiple languages.

From Europa.EU site:

ICAO Doc 10086 recommends that information provided to passengers via safety briefings, announcements and safety demonstrations should be transmitted in the language of the operator and in English to promote appropriate communication with passengers

I've never had a flight where they had no English announcements, even domestic flights in China. I've had flights where announcements where in three (pretty often) and even four (more rare) languages.

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    It is not always a given that all local languages of departure, arrival and airline will be used and some flights may only use English.
    – Willeke
    Feb 7, 2023 at 21:14
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    You've never had the pleasure of flying domestic Aeroflot! No english whatsoever.
    – Peter M
    Feb 7, 2023 at 21:16
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    @phoog: I've been on Swiss Air flights that announced in German, French, Italian and English. No Romansh though :-). It does indeed get a bit tedious.
    – Hilmar
    Feb 8, 2023 at 0:24
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    @Hilmar I flew Swiss to Tel Aviv once... So Add Hebrew to that, and I think they also had an Arabic-speaking attendant...
    – littleadv
    Feb 8, 2023 at 0:57
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    All Russian domestic flights I've flew in the last 10 years had English announcements, but you can often sense that the pilots are just doing their duty without caring whether their English message ever reaches any destination.
    – alamar
    Feb 8, 2023 at 7:28

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