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Travel-Related Organizations

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the division of the Department of Transportation (DOT) that is responsible for airline traffic control, aircraft certification, passenger safety, and the licensing of pilots.

American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is an organization whose members include travel agents, tour operators, and other travel industry vendors.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a conference made up of several international airlines.  It is responsible for inter-airline cooperation in promoting safe, reliable, secure and economical air services for the benefit of consumers around the world.

Founded in 1945 in Havana, IATA brings together over 270 airlines, including the world's largest.  Flights by these airlines comprise more than 95 percent of all international scheduled air traffic.  The modern IATA is the successor to the International Air Traffic Association founded in the Hague in 1919 – the year of the world’s first international scheduled services.

IATA authorizes agreements between airlines and travel agents for international ticketing.  IATA sets common policy and controls data specifications for all standard traffic documents used worldwide.

International Airlines Travel Agency Network (IATAN) is responsible for:

Promoting professionalism

Administering meaningful and impartial business standards

Providing cost-effective products, services and educational programs that benefit the travel industry

It appoints and monitors U.S. Travel agencies for the sale of international travel.  

It is made up of several international airlines and is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Air Transport Association (IATA).  The IATAN Registration program offers several highly desirable services:

It helps agency staff receive industry concessions.

The IATAN Travel Agent ID Card is the key to industry recognition, and is part of a worldwide program. It identifies US Airline Appointed Agency and Travel Sales Intermediary (TSI) Agency personnel.

This photo ID contains the agents’ name, Verification # (VER#), the name of the agency, its numeric code, service date, position and other information.  Professional travel agents have embraced the IATAN Travel Agent ID Card as an internationally recognized means of personal identification.  This is a growing program in both the agency and supplier sectors of the industry.

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Concepts and TerminologyConfidential, TRX Inc.7 November 2007

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