Setting Standards for ATA Custom Cases
The Air Transport Association dates back to 1936 with 14 original airline carrier members. ATA cases first acquired their moniker in 1960, when the Air Transport Association established a set of specifications designed to ensure the cases could withstand high-impact airline travel. If a shipper conformed to these specifications, it was possible for a case to be "ATA Certified." Since then, the industry and it's association have changed. Now known as A4A or Airlines for America, explicit certification is no longer offered. However, it is possible to design custom ATA cases within the ATA 300 Compliance rules, (ATA Spec 300) and these rules can still be relied upon as the "gold standard" for shipping by air.