Northern Ireland

Michael Everson everson at
Tue Jun 3 12:15:19 CEST 2003

At 12:41 +0100 2003-06-03, Marion Gunn wrote:
>Peter_Constable at said:
>  > UK is "exceptionally reserved" in ISO 3166
>Can the same be said of EI (for Ireland)?

Of course not.

>'EI' being generally better known than 'IE',

No, it isn't.

>witness baggage-handling at international airports (the former tag 
>being based on the Irish name of our country, the latter on the 

This isn't true at all. International airports use three-letter codes 
to identify themselves: DUB is Dublin, for instance; country codes 
are not used in baggage handling. If you have seen "EI" it is because 
this identifies "Aer Lingus" as a carrier. Other Irish carriers have 
different two-letter codes. Also, it happens to be the case that 
Irish aircraft registration numbers have the code "EI".
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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