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IATA Raises Its Profile In Washington

The International Air Transport Association announced today that
Douglas E. Lavin will join IATA as Regional Vice President for North America
effective 1 May 2005. Lavin joins IATA from the US Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) where he is the Assistant Administrator for International Aviation.Lavin will head IATA’s presence in Washington and take overall responsibility for
following the legislative and regulatory process on issues ranging from safety,
security, facilitation and environment to consumer protection, economic regulation,
charges and taxes.

“Decisions in Washington impact the entire industry. I am confident that Doug will
significantly raise the profile of international aviation among Washington’s
decision makers. Industry and government share many common interests including the
promotion of safety, security and a viable air transport industry that is at the
heart of modern economies.  Our tremendous progress on safety - 2004 was our safest year ever - is the result of approaching this common goal with effective global
standardization and harmonization. Doug will promote this principle as the way
forward on the many issues that challenge our industry,” said Giovanni Bisignani,
IATA’s Director General and CEO.