WASHINGTON, May 3, 2014 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, issued the following statement on the sudden passing of former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN), who served 18 terms in Congress:
“As a longtime chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Jim Oberstar understood well the value of air travel to jobs, the economy and connecting people and goods across the country and the world,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “He worked tirelessly on behalf of establishing and improving safety standards, and was a strong advocate for employees in all transportation sectors.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and on behalf of our members we commend his lengthy service to his country and his commitment to making the United States a global leader in transportation,” Calio said.
Airlines for America (A4A) members are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS. Air Canada is an associate member.
A4A advocates on behalf of the leading U.S. airlines, both passenger and cargo carriers. A4A works collaboratively with industry stakeholders, federal agencies, the Administration, Congress, labor and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.