WASHINGTON, March 21, 2016 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the China Air Transport Association (CATA), formalizing their long-standing cooperative relationship toward bolstering air transport development and promoting air travel and tourism between the United States and China.
The MOU, signed by A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio and CATA Chairman Li Jun, creates a platform for A4A and CATA to further engage on issues impacting their member airlines and the global aviation community, including market access for U.S. carriers.
“The US and China represent two of the most significant global aviation markets around the world, as evidenced by the tremendous growth in both passenger and cargo operations between our two nations over the past decade,” said Calio. “I want to thank Chairman Li for his leadership and commitment to bolstering the long-standing partnership between A4A and CATA, and look forward to our continued efforts to promote and facilitate travel and tourism opportunities between the United States and China.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.7 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of 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.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.