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December 14, 2011
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How I See It
William Swelbar talks about the future growth of the U.S. airline industry
William S. Swelbar is a research engineer in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's International Center for Air Transportation, where he is affiliated with the Global Airline Industry Program and Airline Industry Research Consortium. Airlines for America SmartBrief editor Angela Giroux Scheide spoke with William about the future profitability and growth of the U.S. airline industry. Read more here.
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How You See It
Poll: How will capacity of U.S. airlines systemwide in 2012 compare with that of 2011?
37%   Capacity will shrink more modestly than in 2011
25%   Capacity will shrink more significantly than in 2011
18%   Capacity will remain the same as in 2011
17%   Capacity will grow more modestly than in 2011
5%   Capacity will grow more significantly than in 2011
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Poll: Today, a typical $300 round-trip domestic airline ticket includes more than 20% in taxes. Over the next three years, how do you think the rate will change?
57%   Increase significantly
34%   Increase modestly
7%   Remain the same
3%   Decrease modestly
1%   Decrease significantly
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Of the 53 principal industries that make up the nation's economy, U.S. airlines rank dead last in profitability, according to Fortune magazine. Over the next three years, how do you think airlines will rank?
67%   53rd
19%   39th
9%   5th
5%   23rd
3%   12th
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Poll: The U.S. airline industry ranks third compared with other industries as a direct contributor to U.S. GDP. Over the next three years, where do you think the airline industry will rank?
31%   Fourth
27%   Third
21%   Second
13%   Other
12%   First
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President's Message
Nicholas E. Calio: Looking back at 2011
Much has happened in the last year, my first with Airlines for America (A4A). We experienced a temporary shutdown of the FAA, fought efforts to dramatically increase taxes on passengers and airlines and witnessed another airline bankruptcy. At the same time, this industry has come together as it never has before to address some of the underlying issues that preceded these events, and that prevent the airline industry from being sustainably profitable. Working together we have resolved some of the outstanding impediments to a long-term FAA reauthorization bill. We launched an aggressive advocacy campaign to educate stakeholders about the impact any additional taxes will have on this industry and our ability to create and maintain good-paying jobs. And we are developing a roadmap—a National Airline Policy—to address some of the tax, regulatory and infrastructure impediments that keep airlines from contributing to American jobs and our national economy at an even greater level. We are building a top-notch team, are clear in our mission and launched our new brand, improved our operational coordination both with our members and with the DOT and FAA, and stepped up our education and advocacy work this past year. A4A is committed to vigorously advocating for the American airline industry, as the indispensable network that drives our nation's economy and global competitiveness.
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Smartest Quotes

These are the most clicked and shared SmartQuotes in Airlines for America SmartBrief in the past year.

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
-- B.F. Skinner,
American psychologist, inventor and author
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
-- Theodore Roosevelt,
26th U.S. president
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
-- Henry Ward Beecher,
American clergyman and lecturer

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