Airlines (71 - 80 of 397 items)
Airline Deregulation: Reregulating the Airline Industry Would Likely Reverse Consumer Benefits and Not Save Airline Pensions
GAO-06-630: Published: Jun 9, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2006.
The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 phased out the government's control over fares and service and allowed market forces to determine the price and level of domestic airline service in the United States. The intent was to increase competition and thereby lead to lower fares and improved service. In 2005, GAO reported on the tenuous finances of some airlines that have led to bankruptcy and pension...
Commercial Aviation: Initial Small Community Air Service Development Projects Have Achieved Mixed Results
GAO-06-21: Published: Nov 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2005.
Over the last decade significant changes have occurred in the airline industry. Many legacy carriers are facing challenging financial conditions and low cost carriers are attracting passengers away from some small community airports. These changes, and others, have challenged small communities to attract adequate commercial air service. To help small communities improve air service, Congress estab...
Commercial Aviation: Survey of Small Community Air Service Grantees and Applicants, an E-supplement to GAO-06-21
GAO-06-101SP: Published: Nov 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2005.
This document presents the results of two GAO web-based surveys of airports. One survey was to airports that received grants under the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Small Community Air Service Development Program. The purpose of this was to examine (1) how passenger traffic and air service have changed at the nation's small community airports, (2) how DOT has implemented the Small Community...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Safety Oversight System Is Effective but Could Benefit from Better Evaluation of Its Programs' Performance
GAO-06-266T: Published: Nov 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2005.
The U.S. commercial aviation industry has an extraordinary safety record. However, when passenger airlines have accidents or serious incidents, regardless of their rarity, the consequences can be tragic. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) works to maintain a high level of safety through an effective safety oversight system. Keys to this system are to: (1) establish programs that focus resou...
Aviation Safety: System Safety Approach Needs Further Integration into FAA's Oversight of Airlines
GAO-05-726: Published: Sep 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2005.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses the Air Transportation Oversight System (ATOS), which was developed around the principles of system safety, to oversee seven "legacy airlines" and nine other airlines. In this report, we refer to airlines that are not in ATOS as non-legacy airlines. Two other processes are used to oversee 99 non-legacy passenger airlines, which represent a fast-growin...
Commercial Aviation: Bankruptcy and Pension Problems Are Symptoms of Underlying Structural Issues
GAO-05-945: Published: Sep 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2005.
Since 2001 the U.S. airline industry has lost over $30 billion. Delta, Northwest, United, and US Airways have filed for bankruptcy, the latter two terminating and transferring their pension plans to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). The net claim on PBGC from these terminations was $9.7 billion; plan participants lost $5.3 billion in benefits (in constant 2005 dollars). Considerable...
NASA Travel: Passenger Aircraft Services Annually Cost Taxpayers Millions More Than Commercial Airlines
GAO-05-818: Published: Aug 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2005.
Since its creation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has operated passenger aircraft services. These operations have been questioned in several prior audit reports. GAO was asked to perform a series of audits of NASA's controls to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. In this audit, GAO assessed (1) the relative cost of NASA passenger aircraft services in com...
Aviation Safety: Oversight of Foreign Code-Share Safety Program Should Be Strengthened
GAO-05-930: Published: Aug 5, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2005.
U.S. airlines are increasingly relying on code-share partnerships with foreign carriers to provide additional sources of revenue. Code-sharing is a marketing arrangement in which an airline places its designator code on a flight operated by another airline and sells and issues tickets for that flight. To determine whether the foreign code-share partners of U.S. airlines meet an acceptable level of...
Air Traffic Control: Characteristics and Performance of Selected International Air Navigation Service Providers and Lessons Learned from Their Commercialization
GAO-05-769: Published: Jul 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2005.
In the past, governments worldwide owned, operated, and regulated air navigation services, viewing air traffic control as a governmental function. But as nations faced increasing financial strains, many governments decided to shift the responsibility to an independent air navigation service provider (ANSP) that operates as a business. As of March 2005, 38 nations worldwide had commercialized their...
Commercial Aviation: Structural Costs Continue to Challenge Legacy Airlines' Financial Performance
GAO-05-834T: Published: Jul 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2005.
Since 2001, the U.S. airline industry has confronted unprecedented financial losses. Two of the nation's largest airlines--United Airlines and US Airways--went into bankruptcy, terminating their pension plans and passing the unfunded liability to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). PBGC's unfunded liability was $9.6 billion; plan participants lost $5.2 billion in benefits. Considerabl...