Jeff Shane moves on from IATA to WHAT’s NEXT?

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New General Counsel at IATA as Jeff Shane Retires

“Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Karen Clayton has taken on the duties of General Counsel in addition to her responsibilities as Corporate Secretary effective today, 1 July 2020. Jeff Shane retired as IATA’s General Counsel on 30 June 2020 after seven years of service.

The entire aviation world owes a huge debt of gratitude to Jeff, who joined IATA after a distinguished 25-year career in public service and another 15 years in private practice. While in public service he was recognized for his role in establishing an Open Skies aviation policy for the United States, and he was a principal architect of the US Department of Transportation’s approach to international aviation alliances and antitrust immunity. At IATA, Jeff established the Association’s legal team as an important industry reference point, pursuing industry objectives through judicial and regulatory proceedings and providing essential support to IATA’s many lines of activity around the world. With this team, he achieved a landmark agreement with CFM International to adopt pro-competitive ‘Conduct Policies’ on engine maintenance that will result in significant savings for our members,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.”

Jeff Shane at IATA legal conference

Jeff may be retiring from IATA, but he is a younger man than his resume may suggest. He is father to these two young ladies whose college and perhaps graduate education funds need be filled.


That resume is unequaled in recent international aviation lawyer history—

  • highest career and one of the highest political positions at Transportation and State (DOT Under Secretary for Policy, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, US Department. of State; and DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs),
  • General Counsel. IATA

collage- Skinner, Burnley, Chao, de Juniac, Huerta, Bliss, Carmody

[Jeff with 3 Secretaries of Transportation, 4 US Ambassadors to ICAO, 1 FAA Administrator, Founder/ CEO Fed Express, the Director General/CEO of IATA]

senate testimony

[testifying before the Senate]

  • Architect of the Open Skies Agreement
    • Open Skies agreements have vastly expanded international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States, promoting increased travel and trade, enhancing productivity, and spurring high-quality job opportunities and economic growth.  Open Skies agreements do this by eliminating government interference in the commercial decisions of air carriers about routes, capacity, and pricing, freeing carriers to provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service for consumers.

America’s Open Skies policy has gone hand-in-hand with airline globalization.  By allowing air carriers unlimited market access to our partners’ markets and the right to fly to all intermediate and beyond points, Open Skies agreements provide maximum operational flexibility for airline alliances.

The United States has achieved Open Skies with over 100 partners from every region of the world and at every level of economic development.  In addition to bilateral Open Skies agreements, the United States has negotiated two multilateral Open Skies accords:  (1) the 2001 Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT) with New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, and Chile, later joined by Samoa, Tonga, and Mongolia; and (2) the 2007 Air Transport Agreement with the European Community and its 27 Member States.

Open skies list

  • Jeff on behalf of IATA negotiated and executed an agreement with CFM International (CFM) a mutual standard for “Conduct Policies” that will enhance the opportunities
      • License its Engine Shop Manual to an MRO facility even if it uses non-CFM parts
      • Permit the use of non-CFM parts or repairs by any licensee of the CFM Engine Shop Manual
      • Honor warranty coverage of the CFM components and repairs on a CFM engine even when the engine contains non-CFM parts or repairs
      • Grant airlines and third-party overhaul facilities the right to use the CFM Engine Shop Manual without a fee
      • Sell CFM parts and perform all parts repairs even when non-CFM parts or repairs are present in the engine

Though highly technical, this agreement constituted a breakthrough between OEMs and airlines thought impossible by many.

  • an early champion of the “NextGen” transformation of the U.S. air traffic control system, the acceleration of GPS modernization, and other technology initiatives to enhance the safety, security, and efficiency of aviation and other modes of transportation.
  • Other impressive, important roles and honors:
    • Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council
    • President of the triennial Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization,
    • Chairman of the Commission on Air Transport of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce,
    • Chairman of the Military Airlift Committee of the National Defense Transportation Association,
    • Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air and Space Law.
    • NASA GPS Advisory BoardNASA
    • Cecile S. Hatfield Award, Embry Riddle Aviation UniversityHatfield award
    • Aviation Week’s L. Welch Pogue Award for lifetime achievement in aviation
    • Adjunct Professor of International Transportation Law at Georgetown University.
  • Princeton University, BA and a Columbia Law School, JD, Articles Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problem

Fortunately, the aviation bar has attracted many smart, personable attorneys. Their collective competence has limited the degree to which aeropolitical, commercial and other constraints inhibit safe and competitive operations for all segments of flight as a business and avocation. There is no doubt that Jeff stands at the front of his profession. The most intriguing mystery is what Jeff will do next.

Jeff’s motivation!!!


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