WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today reaffirmed its support for the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot duty and rest times rule, which was rigorously analyzed over a two-year period, and urged Congress to reject recently introduced legislation by Congressmen Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Tim Bishop (D-NY) to extend those rules beyond passenger airlines to all-cargo carriers.
"We are in the safest period of aviation history, an achievement reached through a shared commitment the FAA, the airlines and their employees, and the new FAA rule continues to put the safe operation of passenger and cargo airlines first for customers and crew members," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. "All stakeholders actively participated in the rulemaking, which was composed of a scientific review of existing safety measures, fatigue mitigations and diverse airline operating environments, and the rule as put forward by the FAA builds on our safety record."
The proposed legislation is ill-advised with no basis in science or relevant data.
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SOURCE Airlines for America