Bedford, Barger among members of US Future of Aviation Advisory Committee

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the members of a new committee on the future of the US aviation industry, with Republic Airways chairman, president and CEO, Bryan Bedford, and JetBlue president and CEO, Dave Barger, representing the low-fare and regional airline sector.

The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, which will hold its first meeting on May 25 in Washington, was formally established in March to provide information, advice and recommendations to the Secretary on ensuring the competitiveness of the US aviation industry and its capability to address the evolving transportation needs, challenges and opportunities of the US and global economy.

“Aviation is essential to our nation’s economy and our ability to compete in international commerce,” declared LaHood. “This committee, which represents a broad cross-section of the aviation community, will begin the important conversation about how to ensure the industry remains vital and competitive.”

The committee will focus principally on five issue areas: ensuring aviation safety; ensuring a world-class aviation workforce; balancing the industry’s competitiveness and viability; securing stable funding for aviation systems; and addressing environmental challenges and solutions. The committee will meet at least four times over the next year, after which it will issue its recommendations to the Secretary.

Susan Kurland, assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the US Department of Transportation, will chair the committee. The other members are: Juan Alonso, associate professor, department of aeronautics and astronautics, Stanford University; Susan Baer, director, aviation department, Port Authority of NY/NJ; David Barger, president and CEO, JetBlue Airways; Bryan Bedford, chairman, president and CEO, Republic Airways; Professor Severin Borenstein, HAAS school of business, University of California, Berkeley; Thella Bowens, president and CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; John Conley, international administrative vice president and air transport division director, Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO; Cynthia Egnotovich, segment president, nacelles and interior systems, Goodrich Corporation; Patricia Friend, international president, Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO; Robert Lekites, president, UPS Airlines; Ana McAhron-Schulz, director of economic and financial analysis, Air Line Pilots Association; William McGee, consultant to the Consumers Union; Daniel McKenzie, US airlines research analyst, Hudson Securities; Jack Pelton, chairman, president and CEO, Cessna Aircraft Company; Nicole Piasecki, vice-president, business development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Raul Regalado, president and CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority; Glenn Tilton, chairman, president and CEO, UAL Corporation; and Christopher Williams, chairman and CEO, The Williams Capital Group.

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