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Username: Airlines Association of Southern Africa
Date/Time: Thu, November 2, 2000 at 10:22 AM GMT
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Subject: AASA comment on IATA ".travel"Application


  Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) have 29 Members:
Aero Zambia, Air BP, Air Austral, Airbus Industrie, Air Botswana, Airlink Swaziland, Air Malawi, Air Mauritius, Air Namibia, Airports Company South Africa, Air Zimbabwe, ATNS Company, Avis Rent A Car, Bombardier Aerospace, BAE Systems, Comair, Denel Aviation, East Coast Airways, Engen Petroleum, National Airlines, Rolls-Royce plc, Nationwide Air, Safair, Shell South Africa, South African Airlink, South African Airways, South African Express Airways, The Boeing Company, Zimbabwe Express

This comment is field in support of the IATA proposal to sponsor a
“.travel” TLD.

Travel has already established itself as the largest component of
e-commerce but many consumers 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
independent party.

By screening “.travel” website operators to assure compliance with
transparent and objective criteria relevant to the conduct of
e-commerce, IATA’s innovative proposal will add value for both consumers
and business.  It will also give consumers the confidence necessary if
e-business is to compete on an equal footing with traditional
brick-and-mortar alternatives.

IATA has served as a neutral, trusted intermediary for decades, enabling
the travel industry to efficiently meet the needs of its customers.
IATA’s acknowledged strengths include standard-setting, the
accreditation of travel businesses and assignment of codes for airlines,
airports, etc.  Thus, it 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 encourage ICANN to grant the IATA application.  This will not
only enable the merits of this innovative concept to be proven, but may
also have direct application to other sectors of the new economy in the

John T. Morrison
Chief Executive

27 October 2000


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