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Twenty-Ninth Annual Aviation Forecast Conference

The US Department of Transportation`s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held its…

The US Department of Transportation`s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held its 29th Annual Federal Aviation Forecast Conference on Thursday, March 25 and Friday, March 26 at the Washington Convention Center, in Washington.

The theme of this year`s event was, The Second Century of Flight: The Outlook for Commercial and Civil Aviation.

At the conference, the FAA released its Aerospace Forecasts Fiscal Years 2004-2015, which gives the latest and future estimates of activity and growth in aviation products and services.

The first day of the conference began at 8 a.m. with an FAA keynote address by FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey on the, State of Aviation. At 11:30 a.m. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta provided an administration keynote address on, DOT Initiatives to Support Aviation Growth. The luncheon keynote speaker was David Neeleman, chairman and chief executive officer of JetBlue Airways.

Throughout the first day, various panels examined the state of the aviation industry, the economic and financial outlook for air travel, the infrastructure and regulatory environment, and strategies for growth in commercial aviation. Selected carriers provided perspectives.

The second day began at 8 a.m. and included four concurrent panels that focused on joint air carriers and regional/commuter airlines, air cargo, airports, infrastructure, and general aviation.

The two-day conference co-sponsored by the Airports Council International – North America and attracted around 600 people from the aviation, investment, government, labor, security and other communities around the world.