Commercial aviation helps drive more than 10M American jobs and 5 cents of every dollar of U.S. GDP
Commercial aviation drives more than $1 trillion per year in economic activity
In 2012, U.S. airlines moved more than 48,000 tons of cargo per day
In 2012, the value of a kilogram of U.S. merchandise exported by air averaged 121 times the value exported by sea
For every 100 airline jobs, some 360 are supported outside of the airline industry
Federal taxes constitute $61 – or 20% – of the price of a typical $300 domestic round-trip ticket
In 2012, U.S. airlines carried 16% more passengers and cargo than in 2000, while using two billion fewer gallons of fuel
Domestically, airlines drive 5% of economic activity but account for 2% of man-made GHG emissions
From 1978-2012, U.S. airlines improved fuel efficiency approximately 120%
From 1975-2012, U.S. airlines and their partners reduced significant noise exposure by 95%
Commercial air travel is the safest form of intercity transportation in the United States
From 2008 - 2012, scheduled air service on U.S. airlines was 42 times safer than in the 1970s.
From 2000-2012, U.S. airlines improved the on-time arrival rate from 72.6% to 81.9%
From 2000-2012, U.S. airlines reduced the flight cancellation rate sharply from 3.30% to 1.29%
Airfares are a bargain: From 2000-2012, U.S. CPI rose 33% while average domestic fare rose just 13%
Adjusted for inflation, the average round-trip domestic airfare fell 15% from 2000
2007 domestic flight delays cost the United States approximately $31 billion
In 2012, the value of U.S. merchandise exported by air reached an all-time high of $427B
In 2012, U.S. exports of air-travel services reached an all-time high of $39.4B, driving a $4.7B trade surplus
In 2012, U.S. passenger and cargo airlines spent more than $50B on fuel, averaging 36% of operating expenses
In 2012, U.S. airlines posted the lowest annual rate of mishandled baggage ever recorded
FAA projects U.S. air travel demand to top 1 billion passengers in 2027
In 2012, US airlines flew 83.4 million passengers in scheduled international service - a record high
In 2012, the total value of merchandise exported from or imported to the United States by air exceeded $927 billion
In 2012, 7.15 teragrams of merchandise was exported from or imported to the United States by air
Winners Presented at the 54th Annual ATA NDT Forum
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2011 – The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced the winners of the 2011 Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) “Better Way” award.
The Better Way award annually recognizes a government-industry team that has developed and applied a technology, technique, process or policy resulting in a more sensitive, reliable or cost-effective process, for inspecting and testing of aircraft, aircraft components or aircraft systems. This award, sponsored by Machida, Inc., was presented on September 28, 2011, during the ATA NDT Forum in Charlotte, N.C.
Industry and airline professionals on the “Boeing Chem-Mill Cracking Inspection Team” who were recognized with this prestigious award include: Paul Oulton, United Airlines; Charles Shepherd and Eric Mitchell, American Airlines, and; John Bangsund, John Linn, Brian Pearce, James Pellicer, and Jeff Thompson of Boeing Company.
ATA congratulates this year’s winning team for its expeditious development of a wide field sliding probe eddy current inspection method for accomplishing an airworthiness directive on the Boeing 757 fleet. The directive allowed airlines to inspect aircraft with the highest degree of accuracy and with minimal aircraft “down time,” minimizing the impact on the traveling public while assuring the highest standards of safety. The 2011 winning team demonstrated the effectiveness and value of collaborative problem solving in aircraft maintenance efforts.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. ATA airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. For more information about the airline industry, visit www.airlines.org and follow us on Twitter @airlinesassn.