I wanted to raise issues related to a previous discussion topic: IATA codes or full names for airline tags? The outcome was we decided airline names should be main tag with IATA codes for them mapped as synonyms. As mentioned in another discussion, IATA codes can be ambiguous. ICAO airline designators, however, are not - they are unique to each airline and thus prevent ambiguity.

Here are a couple of concerns:

  • Should we bother mapping ICAO designators to airline names as tag synonyms? How common is the usage of these among travellers / frequent flyers? (My experience suggests it isn't.)
  • Should we stick to using either IATA or ICAO, or keep both?
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    Well one factor was that unlike the airport codes, few people are even aware of let alone use the airline codes... even though it's on their ticket. Hey I was one of them! (-: Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 18:19
  • I meant FlyerTalk fanatics. They would surely use either/both? Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 18:34
  • How many questions do we have about air-companies? Why this theme are raised from time to time?
    – VMAtm
    Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 6:06

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Without applying either IATA or ICAO codes for airlines we have the following tags in use for airlines:

For your first concern, No and I agree, not common.
For your second concern, No, No, and No.

The existing airline tags seem to work reasonably well - better than many other tag collections on TSE.

Note is in the process of being renamed .

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    Well if we're going to bother making Air Asia into AirAsia, we should make Malaysian Airlines into Malaysia Airlines and Delta Airlines into Delta Air Lines.
    – choster
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 20:17

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