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Username: RDelgado
Date/Time: Wed, October 18, 2000 at 10:41 AM GMT
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        Thank you for your questions.

SITA has taken the lead in presenting its proposal for the ".air" TLD which offers the maximum benefit to all organizations operating within the world's air transport industry. Other industries may also benefit from a specific TLD if they operate in a closely integrated manner as the air transport industry has always done. Or alternatively they have the opportunity to develop and then present their own valid arguments which they may then put forward to ICANN for consideration.

The mandate received by SITA and the Bank of America by their respective industries are quite different. For over 50 years SITA has operated at the heart of two dynamic industries - those of air transport and telecommunications/IT. SITA is owned and controlled by over 700 air transport companies and organizations including all the major international and regional airlines in the world, air freight, airports, aerospace industry manufacturers, air traffic authorities, CRSs and other major air transport related organizations. Appendix C4 of the Sponsoring Organization Proposal lists the 30 members of the SITA Board of Directors indicating clearly that SITA is representative of the interests of the entire air transport industry. The 718 SITA members on 31 December 1999 are listed in the SITA Activity Report 1999 (not yet posted).

SITA and Equant jointly own SITA EQUANT SC, the company that operates the network. SITA has derived a unique experience by the implementation of the network but the use of the joint network is not related to the proposal put forward to ICANN.

SITA is proposing to appoint SITA INC as Registry operator to enable the new ".air" TLD to be implemented in the shortest time and with the lowest technical risk. After 3 years the system functions will be stable and proven and the Registry operator function will be open to tender. The decision to chose another Registry operator will be taken by the Air Transport Community on the basis of the offers received at the time.



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