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RAA spring meeting review. (Regional Airline Association)

RAA spring meeting review Washington, D.C.--The aviation trade association business just weathered its first taste of attempted consolidation, with the Regional Airline Association (RAA) rejecting Air Transport Association (ATA) attempts to establish a foothold with U.S. commuter/regional airlines. ATA promptly dropped a proposal to establish a Regional Airline Services Program (RASP).

The U.S. commuter/regional industry enjoyed its strongest year ever in 1986, and the upbeat attitude of members attending the RAA's 1987 spring meeting reflected those healthy results. But even as members basked in the glow of growth, they grapped with the potential impact of ATA's proposal to establish programs aimed at code-sharing regionals, the regionals who account for the largest percentage of commuter/regional industry enplanements, income and RAA dues.

In brief, ATA would have taken over many RAA programs, such as seminars on training, security, baggage handling, accounting, the regional industry's statistical data base and the annual report. ATA would have established an associate member program for suppliers similar to RAA's. These are functions of RAA today. RAA would have been left with areas specific to the regionals, such as technical and safety issues.

At the RAA meeting March 23-25, most executives felt that ATA's programs would leave little for RAA to support itself with. "ATA coming in and siphoning off not just code-sharing regionals but vendors, as well, would leave RAA with nothing but a shell," theorized one member. …

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