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Having a national policy will benefit air cargo shippers

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
September 20, 2011

The Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to accelerate its timetable for implementing new and more efficient air traffic procedures, a key pillar of a needed National Airline Policy.

“Near-term FAA action will help government focus on priorities that can provide immediate economic – and importantly – customer-service benefits,” said ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio in a recent speech to the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit.

“The airline industry faces daunting levels of taxation and regulation, and not addressing these matters quickly stifles our ability to further drive economic growth and puts us at greater risk to foreign competition.”

As a first step toward executing a National Airline Policy, the ATA called on the Obama Administration and the FAA to focus its resources on expediting the most cost-beneficial elements of NextGen, including performance-based procedures. Other priorities include the following:
• An accelerated one-year implementation schedule for the FAA Navigation Procedures Project (NAV Lean)
• Streamlining the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review processes to expedite the development and implementation of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) and other environmentally beneficial and fuel-saving NextGen procedures
• Development of metrics to gauge the outcome and performance of the government’s implementation of NextGen capabilities and procedures

“We are at an inflection point,” Calio said. “We can do what we have always done and get the same results. Or, we can do something different, to a different outcome, one that benefits our customers, our employees, and yes, even our shareholders. One that ensures we can be globally competitive and create, maintain and grow American jobs.”

About the Author

Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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