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Association of European Airlines (AEA)

The Association of European Airlines (AEA) is a non-profit-making association representing the interests of its member airlines to the institutions of the European Union, to the European Civil Aviation Conference, to any other institutional organisations or association involved in or likely to be involved in issues of interest to AEA members and, as appropriate, to individual governments. It advance further the co-operation amongst its members on any matter likely to be of interest to the membership as whole and within the possible framework. In pursuing its objectives the association collects, analyses and interprets information and carry out research required by the activities which it undertakes and liaise with associations, organizations or authorities whose activities and roles are relevant to the objectives of the AEA. Since the end of 2002 AEA aims to become an airline-driven lobbying organization. Originally AEA derived from a joint study group formed in 1952 on initiative of the Presidents of Air France, KLM, Sabena, Swissair, shortly later joined by BEA (a forerunner of British Airways) and SAS. Two years later the Air Research Bureau (ARB) was established in Brussels. The name was subsequently changed to the European Airlines Research Bureau and in 1973 to AEA. For most of AEA's history, membership was limited to IATA member airlines. This rule was relaxed in 1981 to allow Luxair to complete the full set of EU flag-carriers. AEA has had in all 37 members: three (Balkan, Sabena, Swissair) have suffered corporate failures, two (BEA and BOAC) merged into British Airways, and two (British Caledonian and UTA) were taken-over by BA and Air France respectively. The member airlines today are: Adria Airways; Jat Airways; Aer Lingus; KLM, Air France; LOT Polish Airlines; Air Malta, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Alitalia; Luxair; Austrian; Malev Hungarian Airlines; British Airways; Meridiana; bmi; Olympic Airways; Cargolux; SAS; Croatia Airlines; SN Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Spanair; Cyprus Airways; Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.; Finnair; TAP Air Portugal; Iberia; TAROM - Romanian Air Transport; Icelandair; Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

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