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CHICAGO, Sep. 4, 2007 &endash; Is the Passenger Bill of Rights necessary? Or does the current regulatory framework provide adequate protection for the consumer? What does the Department of Transportation's Final Order mean for airports and airlines? What is the future of examining airline industry practices for predatory pricing given current case law?


These questions are just a few of the issues concerning the airline industry that the American Bar Association Forum on Air & Space Law will address during its 2007 Annual Meeting. With headquarters at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 3 to 6, the four-day conference will focus on "Pressures of Success."


Several keynote speakers will offer first-hand perspectives on critical industry issues. These keynote speakers include Under Secretary for Policy Jeffrey N. Shane U.S. Department of Transportation; Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, FedEx Corporation; Marion Blakey, administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; and Philip Trenary, CEO, Pinnacle Airlines.


Other expert panelists on program include Andrew B. Steinberg, assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation, who will discuss "Changes in the Airline Industry&emdash;New Entrants, Mergers, Alliances, Competition and Consolidation;" Francine Kerner, chief counsel, Transportation Security Administration, who will address "Passenger and Cargo Security Post 3-1-1: What's Next?;" and Joanna L. Geraghty, vice president and associate general counsel, JetBlue, who will speak on "Regulating a Deregulated Industry: Recent Developments in Aviation Regulation."


Also, FedEx will provide a rare look into its daily operations with a tour of its global super hub. The tour is approximately three hours and will take place at the company's headquarters in Memphis.


For more information on the Forum, speakers and programs, visit .


The ABA Forum on Air and Space Law was created in 1982 to provide vital and timely information in the aviation and space law arenas. The Forum's more than 1,500 members represent all areas of air and space law, including airlines, airports, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation and NASA, and include lawyers practicing in corporate, regulatory, litigation, business and antitrust areas. The Forum also publishes The Air and Space Lawyer, a quarterly journal.


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