NBAA, AAAA Protest ATA Airport Ad
A new advertisement sponsored by the Air Transport Association (ATA) and targeted at airline passengers on the CNN Airport Network has NBAA and the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) striking back. The ad, which shows a cartoon corporate aircraft pushing its way in front of commercial aircraft for apparent preferential treatment, violates CNN’s policy of accepting only truthful and non-misleading advertising, said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen in a letter last week to the network. Bolen requested the network pull the ad for violating its own policies. The point of the ad, according to NBAA and AAAA, is to depict corporate aviation as a major contributor to airline delays. To this, AAAA said in its rebuttal, “The Department of Transportation has clearly stated that other factors are to blame for airline delays, including the airlines’ hub and spoke system.” The association has produced its own advertisement as a counter-assault that is also being broadcast on the CNN Airport Network. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association also weighed in, saying, “[The airlines have] gutted their staffing levels and trimmed the margin of error down to an unprecedented low level.” NBAA told AIN this morning that CNN has yet to respond to its request to cancel the ad.