DOT officials recognized for aviation liberalization work

New Delhi,July 14, 2018: Four long-serving US Department of Transportation (DOT) officials have been named the joint recipients of the 2018 L. Welch Pogue Lifetime Achievement Award in Aviation.

The International Aviation Club of Washington DC and Aviation Week Network announced the recipients July 12.

Susan McDermott, Bob Goldner, Paul Gretch and Mary Street each served long careers that spanned the liberalization of passenger and cargo air transport markets around the globe, and also the approval of airline immunized joint venture alliances.

McDermott served as DOT deputy assistant secretary from 2000 to 2018 and assistant director for negotiations from 1987 to 2000 in the Office of Aviation and International Affairs. She helped develop and lead DOT’s liberalization efforts, including the first Open Skies agreement with the Netherlands, and helped facilitate approval of the first international airline joint venture between Northwest Airlines and KLM.

Goldner served as special counsel within the DOT’s Office of Aviation and International Affairs from 1985 to 2018, where he guided decisions on international route awards, Open Skies policy, and antitrust immunity approvals for international joint ventures.

Gretch served as DOT director of the Office of International Aviation from 1987 to 2016, where he had a central role in devising and carrying out Open Skies policy and supervising the negotiations of over 100 Open Skies agreements, most notably the US-European Union (EU) agreement.

Street served as assistant director for negotiations within the DOT Office of International Aviation until 2013, where she supported the negotiation, interpretation, and enforcement of countless bilateral agreements, including the US-EU agreement according to 

“The work of these former career public servants made air travel more affordable and accessible for families, increased travel options for consumers around the globe, and generated new jobs and economic growth in the US aviation industry. We owe them a great debt of gratitude and recognition for their service,” IAC board member and Pogue Award committee chair Bob Letteney said.

“It is wonderful and very fitting that the 2018 L. Welch Pogue Award is being bestowed on these recipients, each of whom is highly regarded by all those in aviation who have benefited from their work and diligence,” Aviation Week Network president Greg Hamilton said. Aviation Week created the L. Welch Pogue Award in 1994.

This year’s honorees will be celebrated at a dinner at Jones Day in Washington DC Sept 12.

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