RJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5912 times:
Just was reading through some DOT dockets and all of the major airlines seem to have DC offices as the address of a VP of Government regulations or a job like that....Are these VPs all based in DC, or in DC and the airlines' hub cities or what?
And how big are these offices in DC? I imagine they are pretty small...But they probably handle all government regulatory matters?
Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5536 times:
Quoting Goldorak (Reply 6): AF has offices in DC at : 1120 Connecticut Av. - NW
Japan Airlines: Government Affairs Office (not positive about address but appears to be 1050 Connecticut Ave NW)
Northwest Airlines, Inc - 901 15th St. NW #310
Lufthansa German Airlines - 1130 Connecticut Av, NW
China Airlines - 1730 K St. NW #240
ANA - 1101 16th St, NW
Malyasia Airlines 1667 K St. NW
Singapore Airlines 1050 17th St NW #550
Royal Jordanian Airline 1660 L St NW
Taca Airlines 1776 G St NW # 103
Saudi Arabian Airline 2600 Virginia Ave NW # 903
Air India: Executive Office 1612 K St NW
Aeroflot Russian International Airlines 1620 I St NW
American Airlines Inc 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA
(And I didn't realize that WN served IAD, but they have an office that based on the address appears to be at the airport)
(Some of these may be CTOs but the majority of the airlines listed have CTOs or other "service" addresses pop up for the DC area)
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Electech6299 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 616 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5171 times:
Quoting Gemuser (Reply 3): Somehow I doubt that QF, NZ, BA, AF, KL, SQ, EK, LH, IB, TG, RG, AR, LA, AI, etc, etc ALL have DC offices!
The only one I'm not sure of is LA, the rest certainlt do. BA, AF, and TACA have rather large ticket offices downtown, but at different addresses than the lobbyist offices.
I have been through a number of these offices, and dozens of others like them. (We frequently do work for many of the property owners and/or property management firms) The leased offices are basically just reserved space for when needed. Even for VPs, the accomodations are not high-end, just a work location with an expensive desk and comfortable chair. The staffing varies among airlines, but most of the year they only have a couple of people (one only has a part-time admin assistant visit twice a week). When an issue gets hot on Capitol Hill, the offices pop into action and typically crowd about 15 people into a 6-room office, a conference room, and a few temporary partitions. The rest of the staff works out of temporary space at one of the many legal offices or lobbying firms downtown. (Now those spaces are nice!)
This might seem like a waste of funds when cheap(er) real estate is available a little furhter out, but in DC law is everything. The legal couriers frequently only serve downtown DC, and if you find in the 9am hearing that you need to file (or modify) an opinion by 1pm, you can't afford to get stuck in traffic for an hour. You've got to finish it at 12:15 and hand it to a courier who will have it on the Hill in 15 minutes.
Only airlines without any desire to fly in the western hemisphere might not want a lobbying representative in Washington. Filing opinions is the responsibility of the airlines if they want their voice to be heard in legal decisions.
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MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34353 posts, RR: 70
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5135 times:
Quoting YLWbased (Reply 10): CX doesn't have a office in DC. but for some reason, they got an office in Fort lauderdale, FL
Latin American cargo sales. As with DC, a lot of airlines have offices in Miami/Lauderdale, even if they don't fly there, to deal with cargo sales to Latin America. Most of these offices don't have more than 3-4 people.