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Iata names Qantas’ CEO its new chairman

Beijing, June 12, 2012

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) announced that Qantas Airways CEO and managing director Alan Joyce has assumed his duties as chairman of the Iata Board of Governors.

Joyce succeeds KLM President and CEO Peter Hartman, whose one-year term expired at the conclusion of the Association’s 68th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Beijing.

Joyce’s appointment is effective immediately and is for one year, ending with the conclusion of Iata’s 69th AGM, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

A 24-year veteran of the airline industry, Joyce has led Qantas since November 2008. He was CEO of Jetstar from 2003 to 2008. Prior to that, he spent over 15 years in leadership positions at Qantas, Ansett, and Aer Lingus. Joyce is the third Qantas CEO to serve as chairman of Iata’s Board of Governors, following most recently James Strong (1999-2000).

“Iata plays a critical role in the industry and I am honored to take on the role of leading its Board of Governors,” said Joyce.

“The top priorities, as always, will be safety, security, and sustainability. On top of that, I want to see Iata continue to deliver value to its members by being a strong advocate for the industry. Aviation delivers enormous economic benefits—supporting some 57 million jobs and $2.2 trillion in economic activity. We need to ensure that governments understand what is at stake when they are making key decisions on taxes, regulation, and capacity expansion.”

“Our Association owes a debt of gratitude to Peter Hartman, for his resolute leadership of Iata during a challenging year. The European sovereign debt crisis put new pressures on the air transport industry. Along with this, global political tension rose as a result of Europe’s unilateral and extra-territorial inclusion of aviation in its Emissions Trading Scheme,” said Tony Tyler, Iata’s director general and CEO.

“I would also like to thank Peter for his personal support and guidance during my first year in office.

“Our ambitious agenda over the next year includes developing the foundation standards for a new distribution capability, pushing forward progress on Checkpoint of the Future, and working through the International Civil Aviation Organization to achieve a global approach on positive economic measures to help manage aviation’s 2 per cent contribution to manmade carbon emissions. All of this will be done in an economic environment that is likely to become even more challenging,” said Tyler.

Iata also announced that the Board of Governors appointed Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, to serve as chairman from June 2013, following Joyce’s term.

South African Airways to host 69th Iata AGM

Iata also announced that South African Airways will host the 69th Iata Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS).

The event will draw the top leadership of the air transport industry to Cape Town’s International Convention Centre in June 2013.

“South Africa will be a great location for the AGM and WATS in 2013. Air connectivity is key to South Africa’s economic success, contributing 2.1 per cent to the country’s GDP.  Along with supporting South Africa’s strong tourism sector, air connectivity plays a critical role in maximizing growth opportunities arising from South Africa’s BRICS membership and the burgeoning African economy,” said Tyler.

“We look forward to hosting the global air transport community in South Africa. Holding the AGM and WATS on African soil will focus the global industry’s attention on the tremendous opportunities as trade and tourism links are being strengthened within the continent and to new and traditional markets beyond,” said Siza Mzimela, South African Airways CEO.

The aviation and aerospace sectors contribute about ZAR51 billion (approx $6.07 billion) which is equal to 2.1 per cent South Africa’s GDP. This activity supports over 227,000 South African jobs. The bulk of this contribution is driven by commercial airline transport.

Along with shining a spotlight on Africa’s opportunities, the AGM and WATS will provide a forum for discussing its challenges.

“Growth in Africa is impeded by regulatory burdens and a poor safety record compounded by the high fuel prices in many parts of the continent.  Iata is working across the continent with governments, regulators and airlines to improve safety, sustainability and competitiveness. Holding the AGM and WATS in Cape Town will provide a prominent platform to address these issues and challenges,” said Tyler. – TradeArabia News Service




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