Accession Number : ADA320505

Title :   CRAF Incentitives.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Post, Charles A., Jr

PDF Url : ADA320505

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : During Desert Storm the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) was "called up" for the first time in its history. If full CRAF activation occurs, the airline industry would suffer substantial economic losses. The commercial airlines perform a vital service to this country's business community. If this service is reduced it may have a severe impact on the country as a whole. The Department of Defense (DoD) needs to explore different avenues to keep CRAF participants interested in the program. The airlines look at the bottom line now more than ever, since the industry is in a survival of the fittest environment. If the CRAF is going to cost the airlines money or business, they lose interest very fast. When the major airlines leave the CRAF, DoD may or may not have enough airlift to move all that is required to move in a contingency. Either the government pays the price now to have the lift available or it may not be there when needed. Many issues surfaced during the 1990 activation of the CRAF, some have been solved and the rest are in progress. DoD needs to treat the CRAF program as a business venture with the airlines. The airlines are in business to make a profit, if the program is going to cost them money they will not commit to it. Initiatives will be explored to keep the airlines as participants in the program, to keep the CRAF available when the country needs it.

Descriptors :   *COMMERCIAL AVIATION, *CIVIL AVIATION, *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, IRAQ, KUWAIT, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, ACTIVATION, COMMERCE, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, ECONOMIC IMPACT, COMBAT SUPPORT, THESES, COSTS, LOSSES, CARGO HANDLING.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Commercial and General Aviation
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE