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Username: Hussein
Date/Time: Wed, October 25, 2000 at 3:44 PM GMT
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Subject: Kenya Airways supports IATA's proposal


Kenya Airways is one of Africa's major airlines operating both internationally and domestically. We are filing this comment in support of IATA's proposal to sponsor a "travel" TLD.

Air travel has already established itself as the largest component of e-commerce but many consumers remain reluctant to purchase travel over the web because of uncertainty about the reputation and reliability of ".com" website operators who may be geographically remote and whose qualifications and capabilities have not been verified by any independant party. By screening ".travel" website operators would assure compliance with transparent and objective criteria relevant to the conduct of e-commerce. We believe that IATA's innovative proposal will add value for both consumers and businesses. It will also provide confidence necessary for e-business to compete on an equal footing with traditional brick-and-mortar alternatives.

For years IATA has served as a neutral, trusted intermediary for the air travel industry enabling airlines to efficiently meet the needs of their customers. Its acknowledged strengths include expertise in standard-setting, travel agent accreditation, assignment of airline/airport codes, etc. IATA is ideally positioned to perform the screening and verification functions which lie at the heart of the proposal and which are notably absent from today's ".com" environment.

I strongly urge ICANN to grant the IATA application. This will not only enable the merits of this innovative concept to be proved but will also have direct applications to other sectors of the new economy.

Yours sincerely

Richard Nyaga
Managing Director
Kenya Airways


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