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Out in front.(1999 RA Annual Convention)

Potentially adverse congressional initiatives and new jet equipment for the industry dominated RAA's spring meeting

RAA member airlines must become more proactive in order to combat the several bills before the US Congress that could adversely affect the industry and passengers alike. That was the blunt message heard during the closed-door Presidents' Council session at the 1999 RAA Annual Convention.

There are several proposed passenger rights bills, along with FAA reauthorization legislation, now before Congress that bear watching, according to RAA Chairman George Bagley. Mesa Air Group President Jonathan Ornstein urged members to get their message out to lawmakers and passengers who, ironically, could lose air service if any of the bills are passed.

"I'm very concerned that we [RAA members] have not taken a stronger position on these issues," said Ornstein after the meeting. …

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