Founded in 1936, the Airlines for America, Inc. (A4A) is the nation’s oldest and largest airline trade association, representing the nation’s leading airlines. Since its inception, it has played a major role in all the significant government decisions regarding aviation. A4A is recognized by Congress, state governments, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, the press and the public for its professional and accomplished representation of the industry. As A4A members chart their futures in an ever-changing market, A4A provides valuable expertise, guidance and assistance.
By working with members in the technical, legal and political arenas, A4A continues to lead industry efforts to fashion crucial policy and supports measures that enhance aviation safety, security and the vitality of our aviation system. A4A employs experts representing a wide range of industry disciplines, and provides an array of services to its members, including committees designed to deal with issues related to fuel, airports, engineering and maintenance, the environment, training, security, ground safety, medical issues and international affairs, among others. A4A airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all passengers and cargo in the United States.
A4A has recently expanded membership to include airline-related companies. Industry members are listed on A4A's award-winning website as well as A4A's many reports and publications, including the Annual Economic Report and other resources. Industry Members participate in a number of A4A-hosted forums each year, which attract senior level industry personnel (including airlines, government officials, manufacturers and other suppliers).