ATA Boss Bashes Bizav Again

 - May 1, 2008, 11:29 AM

During a House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing last month, Air Transport Association (ATA) president and CEO James May claimed that airline jets are five to six times more fuel efficient than corporate jets. “Carrying 200 people and cargo across the country in a single airplane burns a lot less fuel than 33 separate corporate jets, each flying six people,” May testified. He added that U.S. airlines improved their fuel efficiency by 103 percent between 1978 and 2006, the equivalent of taking roughly 17 million cars off the road, and that ATA carriers have made a commitment to improving their fuel efficiency by an additional 30 percent by 2025; he further noted that they are supporting commercially viable, environmentally friendlier jet fuels. NBAA president Ed Bolen responded to May’s comments, saying, “We believe that the entire aviation industry has a good story to tell on all the work that has been done to continually improve our emissions footprint. We think the emphasis should be on telling that story to Washington policymakers, instead of focusing on ways to needlessly divide the aviation community.”