The Cargo Airline Association (CAA) promotes, and advocates for, the air cargo industry and serves to support and encourage policy that ensures safety, security, efficiency and resiliency of this essential segment of the global supply chain.
As the voice of the air cargo industry, CAA actively fosters relationships with aviation industry partners and policymakers to ensure the U.S. all-cargo air carrier industry remains a global leader. Association members deliver to every zip code in the United States, maintain global networks and support the growing air cargo marketplace.
The Cargo Airline Association (CAA) is a 501 (c) (6) based in Washington, D.C. The Association was originally formed in 1948 as the Air Freight Forwarders Association, representing air freight forwarders (indirect air carriers) in their dealings with direct air carriers, mostly in proceedings before the Civil Aeronautics Board. This representation continued virtually unchanged until the late 1970s when deregulation altered the dynamics of the entire airline industry. In 1977, the air cargo industry was deregulated (a year before passenger airline deregulation) and, free from much of the then-existing federal regulation, a new industry, the overnight express business, emerged to join the small number of traditional heavy freight operators.
Faced with a changing industry, the Association adapted to recognize the new entrants into the air cargo supply chain. Airlines were allowed to join as Associate Members and then, in the mid-1980s as the airline segment grew, the Association became the voice of the “new air cargo marketplace”, with airlines becoming dominant in Association activities. Shortly thereafter, the Association formally changed its name to the Cargo Airline Association and embarked on a path to represent the all-cargo airlines.
Today, CAA continues to represent five all-cargo airline members of the air cargo industry, while recognizing the contributions of other segments by having indirect air carriers, other companies with a stake in the air cargo marketplace, and airports engaged in significant cargo operations as Associate Members. Both express and heavy freight operations continue to form the backbone of the industry as the supply chain undergoes yet another transformation into the world of e-commerce.
Membership in the Cargo Airline Association is open to all-cargo airlines, airports and others with an interest in the all-cargo industry. For further information, please contact CAA at ContactCAA@cargoair.org or 202.293.1030.
Meet Our Team
Lauren Beyer is the President of the Cargo Airline Association where she leads the Association in promoting the all-cargo air carrier industry. She leads advocacy for the organization and is responsible for formulating industry policy and overseeing the Association’s daily activities.
Managing Director of Legislative Policy
Brianna Manzelli is the Managing Director of Legislative Policy where she is responsible for advocating for a broad range of issues for the air cargo industry. She represents CAA members before the U.S. Congress and other government agencies.
Managing Director, Safety and Regulatory Policy
Jennifer Thibodeau is the Managing Director of Safety and Regulatory Policy. Jennifer is responsible for leading safety and regulatory work before the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Department of Transportation and other U.S. federal agencies. She collaborates closely with CAA members to advance industry safety priorities as well as the protection of global access for air cargo.