Airlines for America

Airlines for America (A4A) is the country's largest and oldest airline industry trade association.

We vigorously advocate for the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility; and as the indispensable network that drives our nation's economy and global competitiveness.

An estimated 47.5 million U.S. airline passengers are expected to fly over the holiday period – that’s a 3% increase from last year! Learn more:

Merry Christmas (and Mele Kalikimaka) from these Hawaiian Airlines employees and all of us at Airlines for America!

Who else has a special outfit picked out for tomorrow? Alaska Airlines is sure looking festive! ❄️

Even Santa needs a bit of help sometimes – and U.S. airlines are ready to deliver! They carry 58,000 tons of cargo each day. 🎅✈️

[12/23/19]   Happy Hanukkah from all of us at Airlines for America!

Official start of winter = arrival views like this! Share your favorite winter window seat pic in the comments! (📸: Adam Hunt)

Did you know 3 MILLION people are flying on U.S. airlines today for the busiest day of this holiday air travel season? If you’re among them, safe travels! ✈️

Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling with Airlines for America

ICYMI: Airlines for America is proud to join six leading stakeholders in the aviation and aerospace industry to release “Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling,” a comprehensive study about gender diversity & the role of women within the industry.

Read about A4A’s role: Airlines for America (A4A) is proud to join six leading stakeholders in the aviation and aerospace industry to release “Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling,” a comprehensive study about gender diversity and the role of women within the industry. The study, which is the first global survey of its k...

U.S. airlines transport 58,000 tons of cargo every day! We bet that today there’s quite a few presents in there. 🎁 - Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

Earlier this month, American Airlines flew more than 1,700 Gold Star family members from 87 different cities to Walt Disney World as part of the annual Gary Sinise Foundation #SnowballExpress program. #AirlinesGiveBack

Delta Air Lines Rejoining Airlines for America | Airlines For America

NEWS RELEASE: Delta Air Lines is rejoining Airlines for America (A4A). “A4A & our members are pleased to welcome Delta back to the association. We are a stronger association with Delta as a member,” said Nicholas E. Calio, A4A President & CEO.

Read more: Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is rejoining Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading passenger and cargo airlines in the U.S.

On this day 116 years ago, two guys with the Wright stuff took to the skies near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Today, we salute them and their pioneering spirit! #WrightBrothersDay

These Southwest Airlines flight attendants know that there’s ❄️snow❄️ place like home for the holidays! ☃️ - Southwest Airlines

The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2019

Congratulations to A4A’s Nick Calio and Christine Burgeson who are on The Hill's Top Lobbyist list again this year! Welcome to The Hill’s annual Top Lobbyists list.

Today is Gingerbread House Day. It’s the perfect time for a #TBT to last year’s tasty recreation of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport at InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C.!

As the days are getting shorter, we’re daydreaming of a #WindowSeatWednesday somewhere nice and sunny… 🌺- Hawaiian Airlines

47.5 million passengers are expected to fly globally on U.S. airlines over the 18-day holiday travel period, with daily volumes ranging from 2.2 million to 3 million. Learn more about our holiday air travel forecast here: ❄️⛄✈️

Alaska Airlines employees were hard at work during their Week of LIFT, the companywide week of giving back to communities. They packed 44,280 meals, donated 3,000 books and even built 46 Lego kits! Just one of the many ways that #AirlinesGiveBack.

🎵 “Over the river and *over* the woods to grandmother’s house we go!” 🎵

A very happy #Thanksgiving to all of our followers, especially those of you who are among the 31.6 million people flying on U.S. airlines over the holiday! 🦃 (📷: Parker Fields)

On International Civil Aviation Day, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the hard work of our friends at ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization. Thank you for developing international standards and best practices and helping enhance the overall global air transport network. (📷: Giuseppe Saitta)

#TBT to the very first American Airlines cargo flight, which took place when this DC-3 made the trip from LaGuardia Field to Burbank, California, in October 1944!

This morning, A4A’s Nancy Young participated in Blueprint: An Atlantic Summit on Infrastructure and Transportation, where she discussed issues facing the industry, and its role in climate change. “We’ve improved our fuel efficiency as U.S. airlines a 130% since 1978…we’ve saved five billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, roughly equivalent to taking 26 million cars off of the road each year since 1978," Young said. #AtlanticBlueprint

Hockey season is in full swing, so why not get to the puck drop in style on JetBlue’s Bear Force One? 🏒

Adding some 📦 to your online shopping cart this #CyberMonday? U.S. airlines are ready to deliver! - FedEx UPS

Are you flying home after #Thanksgiving festivities today? You’re in good company! 3.1 million passengers are expected to fly today, a single-day record! 🥇 Read the full details in #A4A’s forecast here:

We’re making this #Thanksgiving the biggest one yet. 31.6 million people are expected to fly for the holiday – that’s a 3.7% increase from last year! 🦃✈️ Read the full details in #A4A’s forecast here:

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A record 31.6 million passengers will travel on US airlines during the Thanksgiving period, according to a forecast by Airlines for America, an US airline trade organization. That's up 3.7 percent from last year.

There’s always room for more on #Thanksgiving! U.S. airlines are adding more than 850 flights per day to accommodate the record number of passengers—3.7% more than last year. 🦃✈️ Read the full details in #A4A’s forecast here:

Saturday is the perfect day to show off a new outfit – or new livery. ✈️ - United

Today marks the start of the 12-day #Thanksgiving travel period. Did you know an estimated 31.6 million people will be flying for the holiday? That’s a whole lot of turkey and mashed potatoes! 🦃✈️ Read the full details in #A4A’s full forecast here:

Each year, Southwest Airlines partners with Kidd's Kids to send children with life-changing or life-altering conditions to Walt Disney World. Today, the 2019 trip takes off! We wish all participants safe travels. #AirlinesGiveBack

The mythological figure seen here lends his name and image to one of our member airlines – can you guess who it is? #TriviaTuesday

Airlines for America Projects Record 31.6 Million Passengers Over Thanksgiving Travel Period | Airlines For America

U.S. airlines are setting new records! 31.6 million passengers are expected to take to the skies during the 12-day #Thanksgiving travel period – up 3.7% from last year. Learn more: A4A announced today that it expects a record 31.6 million passengers to travel aboard U.S. carriers worldwide during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, a 3.7 percent increase over last year. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, Dec. 1, is poised to be the busiest travel day ever for the U.S. airline i...

SAE International

Congratulations to an SAE All-star! This past weekend we were honored to present Robert Ireland, aerospace industry veteran, with this year's SAE International Contributor of the Year award. Mr. Ireland, who serves as the managing director of engineering and maintenance for Airlines for America, was honored for his ongoing commitment and contributions to our organization and the entire mobility industry. Cheers to the next 35 years of SAE Membership, Robert!

There are lots of smiling faces after the Alaska Airlines “Week of LIFT!” 700 employees participated in 20 volunteer events in nine cities. Pictured here, volunteers help to create a brand-new playroom and study space at this women’s and family shelter in Seattle. #AirlinesGiveBack

Have you flown from SFO to HNL lately? When this Hawaiian Airlines DC-3 made the trip in December 1946, it took more than 14 hours! #TBT #AviationHistoryMonth

Next week, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., will say #ByeByeBeiBei to one of its beloved pandas. Bei Bei will be heading to a conservation center in China thanks to @FedEx, which also safely transported his siblings and parents across the world!

On this Veterans Day, A4A thanks all of those who have served our country, including many of our U.S. airline employees.

Here’s a fun #TBT trivia question for #AviationHistoryMonth – this shot is from 1948, but do you know which carrier Piedmont Airlines is part of today? Comment with your guess!

Basketball is back, and this BK Blue livery from JetBlue looks like it could go straight from the tarmac to courtside! 🏀

[11/02/19]   Let’s start Aviation History Month at the very beginning – how long was the Wright Brothers’ first flight?

Happy Halloween and #TBT to some of our favorite Southwest Airlines employee costumes from years past! 🎃

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings recently held a golf tournament to raise money for veterans’ charities including K9s for Warriors, which pairs service dogs like Chesdin with veterans like Amanda. #AirlinesGiveBack

Let’s make today #WorldportWednesday! Did you know two million packages are processed at this UPS facility in an average day? 📦

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General information

Airlines for America (A4A), formerly known as Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA), was the first and remains the only trade organization of the principal U.S. airlines. Founded by a group of 14 airlines meeting in Chicago in 1936, the organization played a major role in all the major government decisions regarding aviation since its founding, including the creation of the Civil Aeronautics Board, the creation of the air traffic control system, airline deregulation and, more recently, in dealing with the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on America. A4A serves its member airlines and their customers by assisting the airline industry in providing the world’s safest system of transportation; transmitting technical expertise and operational knowledge among member airlines to improve safety, service and efficiency; advocating fair airline taxation and regulation worldwide to foster an economically healthy and competitive industry; and by developing and coordinating industry actions that are environmentally beneficial, economically reasonable and technologically feasible. The fundamental purpose of the association is to foster a business environment that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness. By working with members in the technical, legal and political arenas, A4A supports measures that enhance aviation safety, security and industry well-being. In the 75-plus year history of the association, A4A has supported America’s airlines as they evolved. Today, A4A members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. The structure of A4A is similar to most airlines and provides an interface between the carriers and various government and private-sector organizations. Key departments within the association deal with operations and safety, engineering, maintenance and materiel, airport operations, security, air traffic management, economics, federal and state government affairs, international affairs, legal affairs, environmental affairs, passenger services, facilitation, cargo, e-business and communications. Working with these established functions are a variety of A4A councils, committees, subcommittees and task forces – composed of experts from member airlines – formed to address industry issues. A4A continues to promote safety by coordinating industry and government safety programs, and serves as a focal point for industry efforts to standardize practices and enhance the efficiency of the air transport system.
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