Asiana Aside, Airline Industry Much Safer: Crandall

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July 08 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Crandall, current CEO of Pogo Jet and former CEO of American Airlines discusses the Asiana flight 214 crash and what it means for the airline industry as a whole. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Well, bob crandall, we are honored to have you today.

You were on the watch of american airlines in 1979, the horrific crash where the plane flipped over.

Are we doing a better job now than you had to deal with in may of 1979? well, the industry has gotten a lot safer.

This is the first fatality i think in u.s. aviation in 4.5 years, so the fact is the industry, the faa and the industry together have done a very impressive job of improving aviation safety, which is terrific.

What exactly are the executives at asiana doing this morning?

I think what they are doing this morning is everything they can to support the people who were injured.

Staying in touch with those people, providing lots of logistical support for them, certainly providing financial support to the extent that is required.

And, of course, collaborating closely with the ntsb as the investigation of this crash gets underway.

Cory johnson, our editor at large in san francisco, joining us from the airport.

This seoul-to-san francisco flight -- tell us the importance of this flight to the tech community.

As samsung in particular has risen in importance, this flight has become a really big deal.

There was a samsung executive on the phone who snapped some of the first pictures of the plane.

Is the leader in terms of what technology, how technology, and internet technology can change a country, and a lot of inventions and innovations coming from their, as well as those in silicon valley going to korea to see what is going on there.

Do you feel that the faa is properly funded?

Is there any question that they have been sequestered into a lack of a budget, or do we have a well-funded safety and operational effort?

Tom, the faa i think needs some additional funding.

The fact of the matter, i don't think the absence of funding has had any impact on the safety of aviation.

There are things that the faa needs to do to facilitate improvements in aviation, particularly routing changes and modifications to the air traffic control system.

But in terms of safety oversight and the things the faa does that directly impact safety, they have been adequately funded.

Bob, when you look at your grandchildren and you want them to fly abroad, do you make a distinction between domestic carriers and other carriers?

Given international carriers for all below the appropriate safety, the faa will issue observations.

Most of the international carriers meet very high safety standards, and those are typically the airlines that you would use, and my grandchildren would use.

Cory johnson in san francisco, you have a question for bob crandall.

Oh ahead.

Bob, i have got to imagine that the negotiations between the faa and the airlines are not always friendly.

There has got to be push and pull, including about safety issues.

How do reasonable people on opposite sides of the government and the private industry come to these disagreements, and where is the push and pull?

How does it take place?

I think what you have in some cases is a particular set of rules.

They are not always proscriptive in fine detail.

An airline may believe that it has met not only the letter of the law but the spirit of the law, and if a particular employee at the faa believes that a particular thing should have been done in a different way, there is sometimes disagreement.

But i think as a generality, both those who are in executive positions in the airlines and the people who do the work, the mechanics and the pilots and the flight attendants, have a common goal, and that goal is zero actions.

-- zero accidents.

We have come very close to that.

It has been 4.5 years since any serious incident in u.s. aviation.

Hopefully it will be even longer before we have another one.

Should the airlines be more transparent about who our pilots are, how much experience they have and how much time they have been working?

I think they are pretty transparent.

They are -- there are very detailed training requirements which are, i think, generally speaking, a matter of public information.

A particular individual flying a particular flight won't be flying that flight unless that individual has met the standards for training that have been established both by the faa, by their own government, and by the airline itself.

Robert crandall, formerly with american airlines, thank you so much.

And cory johnson.

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