Recognizes Need For Industry Global Competitiveness And
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) applauded the
recommendations of the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC)
under the leadership of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
Consisting of a cross section of aviation stakeholders –
airlines, airports, manufacturers, labor, academia, finance,
consumer interests and general aviation – the FAAC worked
collaboratively and reached consensus on several recommendations
for Secretary LaHood that will help drive the policy changes needed
to ensure the viability and global competitiveness of the U.S.
The recommendations, which the FAAC formally approved and will
present to the Secretary today, address some of the most
challenging and complex economic, environmental, safety and labor
issues confronting the U.S. airline industry in an increasingly
global and highly competitive market. The ATA said Wednesday they
are particularly supportive of and encouraged by the
recommendations, which would:
Foster global airline alliances and unfettered access to the
largest and fastest-growing global markets through Open Skies
Accelerate NextGen implementation by providing government
financial incentives to airline operators for equipage.
Expedite the most cost-beneficial elements of NextGen,
including ADS-B and performance-based procedures.
Ensure that the federal aviation tax burden does not undermine
the viability and competitiveness of the airline industry.
Mitigate jet-fuel price volatility by supporting federal
regulatory efforts to mitigate the impact of speculative activity
on the price of oil.
Reduce the impact of aviation on the environment through the
use of sustainable fuels and improved aircraft technology.
Further enhance aviation safety by strengthening FAA voluntary
data-sharing programs and safety-risk discovery capabilities.
The organization holds that these recommendations will help the
U.S. airline industry continue its economic recovery and remain a
world leader. The say they look forward to working with the
administration and the 112th Congress to ensure that the FAAC
recommendations are implemented expeditiously.