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Phil Condit, The Boeing Company

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Today, aviation provides a critical infrastructure for civil society and provides the core of much of our global defense and security.

Boeing plays a key role in both. We connect and protect.

We connect people… bringing families, business leaders, and heads of state together.

We protect people… bringing air superiority, troops, humanitarian aid, and help when duty and disaster call.

About ten years ago, we saw radical changes coming to our business and to the rest of the world.

The information revolution was providing opportunities for basic change in the way we did business... in the technology of communication and in the technology of defense.

Technology and the globalization of commerce are leading to a mobile, global society.

Let me give you an idea of the growth in US air travel. In the 40 years from 1960 to the year 2000, Passenger traffic grew more than 10 fold, from 58 million paying passengers and 665 million passengers.

The geo-political world was changing around us too. Communism collapsed with fall of the Berlin Wall and the Cold War ended. We are moving to a global economy connected by the Internet, telecommunication and airplanes.

Today -- we are at a very important juncture
in global aviation. We are moving from a regulated, Patchwork, national system to a deregulated, mature, open integrated system.

I believe we have a new frontier to open and if we can work together successfully we can build an air transportation system that will serve international commerce and contribute substantially to global prosperity.

Events of September 11th have given even more urgency to this effort.

Our fundamental air transportation infrastructure has not kept up with the radical changes produced by advances in technology, and a more connected society.

So what are the issues that must be addressed if we are to achieve an integrated, productive global aviation system?

I believe there are three:

First is a basic global aviation policy, which allows us to move from a highly regulated, bilateral system to an open multilateral system.

Second is an airport and air traffic management system that can accommodate future growth of air transportation.

Third are safety and security improvements that are needed to build public confidence in the system.

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