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
As air travel has become more and more ubiquitous, our standards continue to climb.
Right now, we are poised to make dramatic investments in the Next Generation Air Transport System. That’s why this year’s MRO theme resonates with all of us. In fact, three transformations are already underway:
To set the stage for this transformation, U.S. airlines must have:
Today, I want to focus on the importance of that collaboration. We need to build upon our growing culture of using voluntary reporting and safety management systems as a standard way of doing business.
We call on the FAA to redouble their efforts at partnering with industry by adopting risk-based principles – from policy development and rulemaking to guidance and enforcement – to make our very safe system even better. The days of safe-unsafe and compliant-noncompliant terminology are fading away; these are the monikers of the last century and simply must change in order for us to raise the safety bar even further than we already have. We need a twenty-first century system where all players involved work toward a common goal of continuous improvement.
With all that said, airlines are preparing for the largest transformation in commercial air travel in two generations.
Make no mistake – America’s airlines will invest when the benefits are tangible, provable, repeatable and affordable – and that’s where our important partnership with the MRO industry will be vital.