WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded President Obama's directive to the Department of Energy (DOE), the Navy and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to further advance biofuels for fighter jets, trucks and commercial airliners as part of his plan for enabling America's energy security.
"We applaud President Obama's leadership in furthering America's energy security by directing accelerated production of commercially viable biofuels for use in aircraft," said ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. "ATA and our members remain firm supporters of a comprehensive national energy policy that increases U.S. energy security, is climate-friendly, and results in more predictable and stable energy supply and costs.
"We look forward to stepping up our work with the USDA, DOE and the nation's military in furthering advanced biofuels development and deployment. This will build on our work with the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, a coalition that ATA co-leads with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Strategic Alliance for Alternative Fuels initiative with the U.S. military, and our Farm-to-Fly program with USDA and Boeing to accelerate the availability of commercially viable, environmentally preferred alternative jet fuels."
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and nearly 11 million U.S. jobs. ATA airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. For more information about the airline industry, visit www.airlines.org and follow us on Twitter @airlinesassn.
SOURCE Air Transport Association