Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Alfred Kahn Oral History Webcast, Aviation Summit Synopsis and News Roundup

Alfred Kahn Oral History Webcast

The International Aviation Law Institute at DePaul University would like to invite our blog readers to view a webcast of Dr. Alfred Kahn's recollections of the events, law and policy surrounding the emergence of U.S. airline deregulation in the late 1970's.  Dr. Kahn is considered to be the "father" of airline deregulation and presided over the beginning of its implementation as Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board from 1977-1978.  The interview was conducted by Prof. Brian Havel, Director of the International Aviation Law Institute and Dr. Dorothy Robyn, Principal of The Brattle Group.

Aviation Summit Synopsis

The Institute would also like to make available to blog readers the synopsis of our recent Aviation Leadership Summit, "Sustainable Aviation Policies for America and the World." Download aviation_summit_2006_synopsis_0219.pdf  Pictures from the pre-Summit reception can be viewed by clicking here.  We intend to build upon the success of the October 2006 Summit and we anticipate hosting the next Summit in Spring 2008 in Chicago.

News Roundup

According to the Guardian, Ireland is considering pressing ahead with negotiations for a revised bilateral agreement with the U.S. if the U.S.-EU agreement talks next week do not yield a breakthrough.  Silverjet, a UK-based low-fare all business class airline, also expressed its desire for a US-EU agreement that would allow the carrier the option of flying out of Gatwick or Heathrow.  The carrier currently flies from London-Luton to Newark.

In the wake of the JetBlue operational meltdown following last week’s snowstorm in the Northeast, members of Congress have announced plans to introduce an airline passenger bill of rights.  This effort is being led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) in the Senate (Download BoxerPaxRightsBill.pdf) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-California) in the House.  In a repeat of airline efforts in 1999 to forestall a passenger bill of rights through voluntary commitments, JetBlue today announced its own "Customer Bill of Rights."


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