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IATA Announces Femke Sickler Winner of 2018 FACE-UP Competition


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Winner of 2018 FACE-UP Competition

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Femke Sickler a recent graduate of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands was the recipient of the IATA FACE-UP award for 2018. FACE-UP is a competition for recent university graduates whose thesis is on the subject of innovation and transformation in air transport logistics (e.g. air cargo, supply chain management, mobility, IT solutions, etc.).

Sickler’s thesis addressed improving the air cargo value chain with regard to the acceptance process, trucking schedule and data communication. The award was presented at the 12th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Dallas.
“Among many worthy candidates I congratulate Femke Sickler for an outstanding achievement. It is great to see the next generation of air cargo professionals helping to drive the innovation that is needed in the global air cargo industry,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

A senior panel of judges from across the industry selected three finalists who presented at the WCS closing plenary for the audience to nominate the ultimate winner of the FACE-UP competition. The finalists were selected based on showing innovation and also the potential to transform air cargo. Danny Jonker (Maastricht University) and Caroline Larisch (Maastricht University) made up the trio of finalists.

The biennial IATA FACE-UP competition is the first installment of its kind. The initiative is part of IATA’s Future Air Cargo Executives (FACE) Program which was launched in 2013 with the aim of attracting, retaining and developing a bright and diverse pool of young talent, preparing them to become the next generation of leaders in the cargo industry.

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2017 Airline Safety Performance

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2017 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continued strong improvements in safety.
IATA - IATA Releases 2017 Airline Safety Performance

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Global Aviation Facing Critical Issues; Conclude Panelists at 20th World Routes Development Forum

Renowned panelists in the first panel discussion at the 20th World Routes Development Forum, which was held in Chicago on September 21, concluded that the global aviation industry is currently facing 5 critical challenges.

As per the results of live polling moderated by BBC World News presenter, Aaron Heslehurst, the delegates regarded infrastructure as the most critical challenge, with aviation profitability, safety/security, taxation and oil price stability being the other 4.

At the start of the session, the issue of safety and security was discussed, particularly in context of the recent incidents of MH17 and MH370. Managing director of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), Datuk Badlisham Ghazali appreciated the actions taken by the ICAO and other bodies in order to improve aviation safety, however, he emphasized on the need of enhanced visibility from global aviation bodies regarding the industrial developments aimed at increasing safety. Referring to MH17 tragedy, he said, “The industry needs to move forward in more visible way. Response has not been as visible as what I had hoped for.”

The issue of aircrafts flying over conflict area in eastern Ukraine was also brought up during the discussion. Thomas Windmuller, SVP airports, passenger and cargo services at IATA, asked why some airlines had the vital information not to fly while the others were not aware.

Profitability was another point of discussion in the forum and according to Windmuller, “We are in a period of sustained growth in volume, but not necessarily profitability. The number of airlines that recover their capital cost is very small… The problem is not just airlines, it is aviation. There are very few parts and components that are making big money. These include airports, and air navigation services, who do not make a profit, and do not cover their long-term capital costs.”

The delegate voting regarded Infrastructure challenges as the most serious issue being faced by the aviation industry today. The current investment in aviation infrastructure development projects vary a great deal from country to country. In some countries like China, big investments are being made for infrastructure development while in some other countries this trend is non-existent.

Trey Urbahn, the chief strategy officer of Azul Brazilian Airlines, said that the most pressing issue being faced by Brazilian aviation industry today is taxation. Giving example of Azul Brazilian Airlines, he said that 36% of the company’s profit go on taxes and that the company is working with the government to address this serious issue. He suggested that the taxation garnered should be re-invested for infrastructure development.

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#MH17 Public Statements


On the evening of July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airman (NOTAM) prohibiting U.S. flight operations until further notice, in the airspace over eastern Ukraine, due to recent events and the potential for continued hazardous activities. The restricted area includes the entire Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk flight information regions (FIRs). This action expands a prohibition of U.S. flight operations issued by the FAA in April, over the Crimean region of Ukraine and adjacent areas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. No scheduled U.S. airlines are currently flying routes through this airspace.

The NOTAM reads:



ICAO Monitoring Loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
?The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) expresses its deep regrets following the loss of the passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. ICAO is closely monitoring reports on this tragic incident and is coordinating with all relevant parties.

ICAO recently issued a State letter advising States and their air operators of a potentially unsafe situation arising from the presence of more than one air traffic services provider in the Simferopol Flight Information Region (FIR). The loss of MH17 occurred outside of the Simferopol FIR and ICAO stands ready to support the accident investigation upon request.


From Malaysia Airlines

Friday, July 18, 04:15 AM SGT +0800 Statement by Prime Minister Najib Razak: Malaysian Airlines flight 17
Yesterday evening, I was informed of the terrible and deeply shocking news that a Malaysia Airlines jet went down in eastern Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the jet was Malaysia Airlines flight 17, which was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The flight departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm, local time. It was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 6.10 am, local, Malaysian time.

The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200.

The aircraft’s flight route was declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

And International Air Transportation Association has stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions.

Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the aircraft did not make a distress call.

The flight was carrying a total number of 295 people – comprising 280 passengers and 15 crew members.

Malaysia Airlines is in the process of notifying the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew. All possible care will be provided to the next-of-kin.

The Government of Malaysia is dispatching a special flight to Kiev, carrying a Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team, as well as a medical team.

According to information provided by Kiev Air Traffic Control, the location of the plane’s emergency locator beacon is 48 degrees 7 minutes and 23 seconds North; and 38 degrees 31 minutes and 33 seconds East.

The Ukrainian authorities believe that the plane was shot down.

At this early stage, however, Malaysia is unable to verify the cause of this tragedy.

But we must – and we will – find out precisely what happened to this flight.

No stone can be left unturned.

If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.

Emergency operations centres have been established. In the last few hours, Malaysian officials have been in constant contact with their counterparts in Ukraine and elsewhere.

And I will be speaking to a number of world leaders over the coming hours.

I have had several conversations with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

I have also spoken to the President of Ukraine. He has pledged that there will be a full, thorough and independent investigation, and Malaysian officials will be invited to take part.

The Ukrainian president also confirmed that his government will negotiate with rebels in the east of the country, in order to establish a humanitarian corridor to the crash site.

Just now, I received a call from President Obama.

He and I both agreed that the investigation must not be hindered in anyway.

An international team must have full access to the crash site.

And no one should interfere with the area, or move any debris, including the black box.

This is a tragic day, in what has already been a tragic year, for Malaysia.

As we work to understand what happened, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those onboard the flight.

I cannot imagine what they must be going through at this painful time.

The flight’s passengers and crew came from many different countries.

But today, regardless of nationality, we are all united in grief.


Friday, July 18, 12:30 AM SGT +0800 Media Statement 1: MH17 Incident
Media Statement 1: MH17 Incident

Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 (GMT) at 30km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.

Flight MH17 operated on a Boeing 777 departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm (Amsterdam local time) and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.10 am (Malaysia local time) the next day.

The flight was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew onboard.

More details to follow.


Statement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte in response to the Ukraine air disaster
News item | 17-07-2014

I am deeply shocked by the dramatic reports of the air disaster involving Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian territory. Much remains unclear as regards the cause and circumstances of the crash and those on board the aircraft. I have just spoken to the Ukrainian president.

I am now on my way back to the Netherlands to monitor and address the situation from The Hague.

Our thoughts are with those who were on board the aircraft and their family and friends.

Statement Minister Opstelten on flight MH17
News item | 17-07-2014

Response by Minister Opstelten the messages about the crash of flight MH17.

I am deeply shocked by the tragic news about the crash of flight MH17 from Malaysian Airlines from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian territory. Here are casualties from many countries, while there are also many Dutch.

My thoughts are with all the relatives and friends of the people who were in that plane and who are now in limbo.

The images that you and I have seen are of course terrible. But still many are unclear about the facts and circumstances.

There is obviously researched. Once the situation gives cause to reveal additional information. Malaysian Airlines gives an explanation as soon as possible so I understand now.

I am aware that this research can never go fast enough, but everyone does at this time every effort to inform family and friends. As well as possible For relatives of passengers of flight MH17 is as soon as possible a phone announced by Schiphol for more information and care. Is directly communicated. Once known

Here I must leave it at that, I’m going back to be informed by my team. Closer to me

Second statement of Prime Minister Mark Rutte on flight MH17.

It has taken place in Ukraine where MH17 flight, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed. Terrible disaster On board were 283 passengers and 15 crew members. Among the passengers were at least 154 Dutch.

The worst case scenario has become reality. We are struck by one of the largest aviation disasters in Dutch history.

The Netherlands is shocked by this tragic event.

Our thoughts go out to the families, who are facing. With an intense sadness

We live very with them.

The relatives of the victims to the extent known to be informed.

There is still much uncertainty about the exact cause of the disaster.

Believe me that we are doing everything to find out. The facts as soon as possible

Also everything is being done to repatriate the deceased. Asap

Survivors and relatives of victims in a special issue of Foreign Affairs rightly. The number is: 070-3487770

There is currently a consular assistance team en route to Kiev to strengthen. NL embassy

There is also a team of the Dutch Embassy in Malaysia present at the airport in Kuala Lumpur to accommodate. Relatives there

You’ll have lots of questions, I understand very well, but many questions we can not answer at this time.

Tomorrow we hope to have more information available and you will be informed about naturally.

Air Malta Renews IOSA Registration

Air MaltaThe IATA operational safety audit (IOSA) registration of Air Malta has been renewed, after an IATA- approved audit organization conducted thorough audit of its facilities.

IOSA, which comprehensively evaluates the policies, procedures and correct implementation in all departments including security management, flight operations, organisation and management system, operational control and flight dispatch, cabin operations, aircraft engineering and maintenance, ground handling operations and cargo operations, is an internationally acknowledged evaluation system and is considered to be a benchmark for global air safety management.

IATA mandates all member airlines to acquire and maintain an IOSA registration.

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IATA Members Seek Measures to Deter Unruly Air Passenger Behavior

In the recently held 70th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), IATA members unanimously passed a resolution focused on effectively deterring and managing the issue of unruly behavior of air passengers.

In the resolution, IATA members prompted government and industry to join hands to develop a balanced set of measures for addressing the problem of unruly air passenger, including disturbing order, committing physical assault or violating crew instructions during the flight.

According to Tony Tyler, the director general of IATA, “This resolution confirms the determination of airlines to defend the rights of their passengers and crew. Everybody on board is entitled to enjoy a journey free from abusive or other unacceptable behaviour. Many airlines have trained both ground staff and cabin crew in procedures, not only to manage incidents of unruly behaviour but also in measures to prevent them. But a robust solution needs alignment among airlines, airports, and governments.”

In 2013 alone, some 8,000 cases of unruly passenger behavior were reported by airlines to IATA.

IATA Releases 2013 Commercial Aviation Safety Performance Statistics

IATA-logoInternational Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the 2013 commercial aviation performance statistics.

According to IATA, more than 3 billion people enjoyed safe air travel last year, through 36.4 million flights. 81 air accidents happened throughout the year, out of which 16 were fatal. The total fatalities in commercial aviation accidents were 210, as compared to 414 in 2012.

Furthermore, the global Western-built jet accident rate for 2013 was 0.41 i.e. one accident per 2.4 million flights. The rate is 14.6% lower than the five year average of 0.48.

The Western-built jet hull loss rate for IATA members remained 0.30 in the year 2013, showing an improvement of 28.6% in the five year average rate of 0.32.

The Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler has urged the governments and the aviation industry to make combined efforts in order to ensure flight safety. He said that the MH370 case has highlighted the pitfalls in flight tracking technologies. The airline industry, its stakeholders and regulators should make efforts to avoid such accidents in future.

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IATA Press Release Talks about African Safety

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on public and private stakeholders to work together to address critical priorities to enable aviation to do more to drive economic growth in Africa.

“Aviation supports 6.7 million jobs and some $68 billion of economic activity in Africa. Those numbers are impressive but I am convinced aviation has an even bigger role to play in providing the connectivity that drives economic growth and development,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Speaking at Aviation Day Africa, Tyler said that, “Africa is poised for rapid development and great changes. Half of the top 20 fastest growing economies over the next five years are expected to be on this continent. Aviation’s part in driving growth and development will become even more prominent.”

In order for this to occur, however, Africa must address major challenges in safety, infrastructure, and liberalization.

“Safety is our top priority. And Africa’s performance is well below what we are achieving globally,” said Tyler. In 2012 African airlines had one accident (with a Western-built jet aircraft) for every 270,000 flights. Globally, the industry average was 1 accident for every 5 million flights. However, no IATA member experienced a Western-built jet hull loss accident last year and that includes the 25 member airlines based in Africa. Likewise, none of the 384 airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry had a hull loss with a Western-built jet—also including those carriers based in Africa. “It is clear that IOSA is making a difference—not just in Africa, but in safety globally,” said Tyler.

The Abuja Declaration, which was endorsed by the African Union Summit this year, sets out a comprehensive approach to reaching world-class safety levels by 2015. Completion of IOSA by all African carriers is a condition of the Declaration and Tyler urged African governments to make IOSA mandatory for airlines. IATA is sponsoring 10 airlines with in-house training to achieve IOSA registration.

In addition to IOSA participation, the Abuja Declaration calls for:

  • The establishment of independent and sufficiently funded civil aviation authorities
  • Implementation of effective and transparent safety oversight systems by all African states
  • Implementation of accident prevention measures focused on runway safety and loss of control
  • Implementation of flight data analysis
  • And implementation of safety management systems by all service providers

“Meeting the Abuja Declaration’s commitments will require a major effort across the continent. We have a lot of ground to cover and we cannot lose momentum. IATA is a committed partner and we must work together as a team of stakeholders to deliver world class safety to Africa,” said Tyler.


“Infrastructure is also a major challenge. Some of the challenges are physical—infrastructure in many parts of Africa needs to improve,” said Tyler. Several infrastructure projects are ongoing in the region—upgrades at Lagos Airport, Performance-Based Navigation investments for Nigerian air traffic management and ambitious airport infrastructure re-development in Ghana.

Nonetheless, there are some infrastructure challenges including the reliability of fuel supply in Lagos. “We must find a sustainable long-term solution. The vandalized pipeline is no longer in use. And trucking fuel from Apapa terminal through dense traffic is inefficient and costly. The same can be said of building extra capacity to store fuel on site. Without minimizing the challenges involved, providing security on a few kilometers of pipeline is not an impossible task. We are working with the oil industry to find a solution. And we will be seeking the government’s political will to help us make it happen. Ensuring fuel reliability is critical to Lagos’s future as a hub for connectivity across South-West Africa.,” said Tyler.

Infrastructure costs and charging policy are also hindering African connectivity. “Just as with safety, global standards exist to provide guidance on charges, as developed and recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization. These include cost-relatedness, non-discrimination and transparency. It is also recommended that charges be developed in consultation with users. And there should be no pre-financing,“ said Tyler.

“Governments must also recognize that every dollar counts. If we average the entire industry’s profits for 2012, airlines retained about $2.50 for every passenger. And African airlines have been basically hovering around break-even for a decade or more. Without sustainable income, airlines cannot expand to meet rising demand and in fact, they may have to reduce services,” said Tyler.

“Africa’s economic development needs aviation connectivity. And for that to further develop, airlines need to be able to access markets. Ironically, connectivity from Africa to other continents is more developed than connectivity within the continent. From Lagos there are daily flights to Atlanta but not to Dakar or Abidjan—and Lagos is one of the better connected cities in Africa. Africa has a visionary framework for growing connectivity across the continent in the now epic story of the Yamoussoukro Declaration which started in 1988. There has been some progress. But it is far from being transformational. It is interesting to see that African governments find it somehow easier to expand bilateral arrangements with long-haul trading partners than within the region,” said Tyler.

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IATA Says Last year was the safest in aviation history

In a speech at the AVSEC World in New York, the director of IATA, International Air Transport Association, Tony Tyler, said “The industry’s 2012 record safety performance was the best in history. Each day approximately 100,000 flights arrive safely at their destination.3 billion passengers flew in 2012. There were six crashes and 75 accidents, with the lowest accident rate on record in the west.”

The rate is not the same all over the world, however.

In S. Africa, a plane is ten times more likely to crash than in Latin America.

The speech is located here: http://ht.ly/io0S4

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What’s Wrong with the EU Ban?

International Air Transport Association’s Tony Tyler is clear and constructive in his criticism of the EU Ban as he holds the floor during IATA Aviation Day in Kazakhstan. (13 September 2012)
“Let me be clear: the banned list is a misguided approach. It does little if anything to improve safety. There is no transparency—no clarity on why some carriers are put on the list and no clear indication on what is required to get off the list. And some aspects of how the list is administered are absolutely absurd. For example, Air Astana’s exemption to fly to Europe is restricted to aircraft that it had when Kazakhstan was put on the European banned list. So it cannot fly its newest aircraft to Europe. How could that possibly improve safety?”

Read the full speech on the IATA’s website

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IATA Checkpoint of the Future

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) unveiled the first mock-up of a Checkpoint of the Future, designed to enhance security while reducing queues and intrusive searches at airports, using intelligence-driven risk-based measures.

IATA’s Checkpoint of the Future is being shown to delegates attending the Association’s 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit, in Singapore.

“We spend $7.4 billion a year to keep aviation secure. But our passengers only see hassle. Passengers should be able to get from curb to boarding gate with dignity. That means without stopping, stripping or unpacking, and certainly not groping. That is the mission for the Checkpoint of the Future. We must make coordinated investments for civilized flying,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

The main concepts of the Checkpoint are (1) strengthened security by focusing resources where risk is greatest, (2) supporting this risk-based approach by integrating passenger information into the checkpoint process, and (3) maximizing throughput for the vast majority of travelers who are deemed to be low risk with no compromise on security levels.

“Today’s checkpoint was designed four decades ago to stop hijackers carrying metal weapons. Since then, we have grafted on more complex procedures to meet emerging threats. We are more secure, but it is time to rethink everything. We need a process that responds to today’s threat. It must amalgamate intelligence based on passenger information and new technology. That means moving from a system that looks for bad objects, to one that can find bad people,” said Bisignani.

How does it work?
The Checkpoint of the Future ends the one-size-fits-all concept for security. Passengers approaching the checkpoint will be directed to one of three lanes: ‘known traveler’, ‘normal’, and ‘enhanced security’. The determination will be based on a biometric identifier in the passport or other travel document that triggers the results of a risk assessment conducted by government before the passenger arrives at the airport.

The three security lanes will have technology to check passengers according to risk. “Known travelers” who have registered and completed background checks with government authorities will have expedited access. “Normal screening” would be for the majority of travelers. And those passengers for whom less information is available, who are randomly selected or who are deemed to be an “Elevated risk” would have an additional level of screening.

Screening technology is being developed that will allow passengers to walk through the checkpoint without having to remove clothes or unpack their belongings. Moreover, it is envisioned that the security process could be combined with outbound customs and immigration procedures, further streamlining the passenger experience.

Next Steps
Through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), 19 governments, including the United States, are working to define standards for a Checkpoint of the Future. IATA is also coordinating closely with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Checkpoint of Tomorrow program which has similar goals.

“We have the ability to move to the biometric scanning and three-lane concept right now. And while some of the technology still needs to be developed, even by just re-purposing what we have today, we could see major changes in two or three years time,” said Bisignani.

For more information, please contact:
Director Corporate Communications
AGM Media Centre Tel: +65 6688 2734
Email: corpcomms@iata.org

Nama Goes Digital GPS

Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is moving to the satellite-based navigation framework known as WGS84″. IATA has been contracted at a cost of ?360 million. The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS is carried out through the World Geodetic System 84 (WGS84) survey. The federal government will bear the cost of 22 airports controlled by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) including two others owned by the Akwa Ibom and Gombe State governments.

So far the project has begun at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja; Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers; and Aminu Kano Airport, Kano.

Pilots using the system will rely on the satellite to navigate to the airport.

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Aircraft Accident Rate is Lowest in History – Still Room for Improvement, Regional Concerns Remain

Tokyo – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the aviation safety performance for 2010 showing that the year’s accident rate for Western-built jet aircraft as the lowest in aviation history.

The 2010 global accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jet aircraft) was 0.61. That is equal to one accident for every 1.6 million flights. This is a significant improvement of the 0.71 rate recorded in 2009 (one accident for 1.4 million flights). The 2010 rate was the lowest in aviation history, just below the 2006 rate of 0.65. Compared to 10 years ago, the accident rate has been cut 42% from the rate recorded in 2001. A hull loss is an accident in which the aircraft is destroyed or substantially damaged and is not subsequently repaired.

“Safety is the number one priority. Achieving the lowest accident rate in the history of aviation shows that this commitment is bearing results. Flying is safe. But every fatality is a human tragedy that reminds us of the ultimate goal of zero accidents and zero fatalities. We must remain focused and determined to move closer to this goal year by year,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

In absolute numbers, 2010 saw the following results:

  • 2.4 billion people flew safely on 36.8 million flights (28.4 million jet, 8.4 million turboprop)
  • 17 hull loss accidents involving western-built jet aircraft compared to 19 in 2009
  • 94 accidents (all aircraft types, Eastern and Western built) compared to 90 in 2009
  • 23 fatal accidents (all aircraft types) compared to 18 in 2009
  • 786 fatalities compared to 685 in 2009

IATA member airlines outperformed the industry average with a Western-built jet hull loss rate of 0.25. That rate is equal to one accident for every 4 million flights. The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) became a condition of IATA membership from 1 April 2009. All 234 IATA member airlines are now on the IOSA registry. The IOSA registry is open to all airlines and it currently consists of over 350 airlines.

“The numbers tell the story. In the first full year after the IOSA became a condition of IATA membership, the accident rate for IATA carriers has never been so low. The data confirms that IOSA is helping to drive safety improvements around the world. It is an important part of a comprehensive safety strategy involving governments and industry working together to further reduce the number of accidents and fatalities,” said Bisignani.

There are significant regional differences in the Western built jet hull loss accident rate:

  • North America (0.10), Europe (0.45), North Asia (0.34) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (0.0) performed better than the global average of 0.61
  • Asia-Pacific was higher than the global average at 0.80 in 2010 and about the same from the previous year (0.86)
  • The Middle East and North Africa region saw its accident rate fall significantly to 0.72 (compared to 3.32 in 2009) with only one accident involving a carrier from the region
  • Latin America & the Caribbean reported a higher accident rate of 1.87 with four airlines from the region involved in accidents, compared with a zero accident rate in 2009
  • Africa had an accident rate of 7.41, which was lower than the 2009 rate of 9.94. While showing improvement, Africa once again has the worst rate in the world. There were four Western-built jet hull losses with African carriers in 2010. African carriers are 2% of global traffic, but 23% of global western-built jet hull losses.

Safety in Africa

In 2010, the accident rate of IOSA carriers in Africa (for all aircraft types) was more than 50% better than non-IOSA airlines. Among IATA’s efforts in Africa, it established the IATA Program for Safe Operations in Africa (IPSOA). IPSOA ensured that flight data analysis tools are available to all IATA carriers in Africa, and as of the last quarter of 2010, all IATA carriers have this essential safety tool in place. IPSOA will provide IATA with the data needed to develop safety programs targeted at specific challenges in the region.

“Flying must be equally safe in all parts of the world. An accident rate in Africa that is over 12 times the global average is not acceptable. Improvements can happen. IATA’s African carriers performed significantly better than non-IATA airlines in the region. I encourage all governments in the region to make use of the IOSA tool to boost the region’s performance,” said Bisignani.

An analysis of the causes of the 2010 accidents focuses on several areas:

Runway excursions, which are instances when an aircraft departs the runway during takeoff or landing, were once again the most common cause of accidents, accounting for 21% of all accidents in 2010 (vs. 26% in 2009). The number of industry runway excursions accidents dropped by 13% (20 vs. 23 in 2009) and IATA members have reduced their runway excursion accidents by 43% since 2008 (4 vs. 7 in 2008).

IATA analysis shows about 35% of runway excursions on landing occurred on wet runways. Another leading cause of runway excursions on landing is an “unstable approach,” where the aircraft is approaching too fast, too high, or touches down beyond the desired runway touchdown point. IATA is working with industry and regulators to address this safety challenge.

In 2009, IATA released the Runway Excursion Risk Reduction (RERR) toolkit which provides high-level reference material as well as an in-depth analysis of runway excursion accident data and a compilation of significant risk factors. The toolkit also provides recommendations for operators, pilots, airports, air traffic management, and regulators. A major update to the RERR toolkit is planned for the spring of 2011 and will bring together all major international safety organizations in a collaborative effort to eliminate these types of accidents.

Ground damage accounted for 11% of all accidents in 2010, improved from 17% in 2008 when IATA launched the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) to address this challenge. ISAGO is the industry’s first global standard for the oversight and auditing of ground handling companies. The program, containing over 400 standards, was launched in February 2008 and the first audits took place in May of the same year. To date, a total of 288 audits have been conducted and 56 providers operating at 81 different locations are already on the ISAGO registry. The program has gained broad support from several aviation authorities and airports and has been mandated in Lebanon and Turkey.

Data Driving Further Improvements

Further improvements to the industry’s safety performance will be guided by data that can assist airlines in identifying trends and initiate preventive measures. IATA established the Global Safety Information Center (GSIC) in 2010. This interactive website is a one-stop resource combining safety data from sources such as IOSA and ISAGO audits, flight data analysis, pilot reports and accident investigations without compromising commercial privacy.

“Safety is a constant challenge. Industry and governments need to accelerate their efforts on data sharing. In 2010, IATA launched GSIC providing its members with unprecedented access to safety information. More than 430 different organizations are already submitting safety data into the GSIC, and over 50% of IATA member carriers are participating. Substantial GSIC expansion is planned over the next few years and the industry will reap the benefits,” said Bisignani.

In September 2010, IATA signed an historic agreement with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the US Department of Transportation and the Commission of the European Union to launch the Global Safety Information Exchange. This first global private/public partnership will exchange safety information aimed at improving safety by reducing risk.

“Safety is not a competitive issue—among carriers or governments. Improvement is in everybody’s interest. By sharing data and best practices we will continue to drive improvements to make a safe industry even safer,” said Bisignani.

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Speech by Mr Raymond Lim, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs at the MOU Signing between Singapore and International Air Transport Association on 10 February 2011

Mr Giovanni Bisignani, IATA Director General & CEO, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen:

A very good evening On behalf of the Singapore Government, I am happy to be signing this Memorandum of Understanding with IATA, which as Mr Bisignani mentioned earlier, marks the strong partnership and excellent relationship IATA has with not just Singapore, but the Asia-Pacific region. IATA – A ‘Blue-Chip’ Organisation

IATA represents some 230 member airlines from more than 125 countries that fly over 93% of the world’s international scheduled air traffic.

However, IATA is not just an industry association of the world’s airlines.

IATA plays an active and influential role on aviation issues of concern, such as:

the fair application of market-based carbon trading schemes for environment protection
overhaul and liberalisation of the global aviation regulatory regime on air traffic rights
e-ticketing initiatives for passengers
e-freight initiatives for air-cargo documentation
fair competition advocacy
As a representative of the majority of the world’s airline operators, IATA holds valuable insights into airline interests, concerns and views that have helped governments and other international bodies in the formulation of sound and appropriate civil aviation policies.

IATA is thus a highly useful intermediary for governments to work with airlines, drawing on their experience and expertise to develop global standards for one of the world’s largest industries and for the promotion of safe, efficient and economical air transport.

IATA has close working relations with other strategically important aviation bodies like the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), as well as national aviation bodies of various countries.

Furthermore, IATA has a special institutional relationship with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), playing an active role in various ICAO fora.

It is recognized as a key industry organisation[1] and often consulted by ICAO on aviation-related matters such as implementation of new international aviation standards, and aviation’s role in combating climate change.

This reach enables IATA to influence the thinking of decision-makers in industry, international organisations and even governments.

In terms of reach and influence, there is no similar industry organisation that is comparable in stature. IATA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office

Recognising IATA as a “blue-chip” organisation, we were supportive of IATA’s decision to establish its Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore back in 1994.

While physically small, the role of IATA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Singapore is anything but that, and its presence has brought benefits to Singapore and the region.

For instance, IATA has played an instrumental role in implementing air traffic management initiatives that have helped airlines reduce operating costs, and enhanced overall safety and efficiency of flight operations in Singapore and at the regional level.

IATA’s Regional Training Centre, attracting on average some 2,000 students to Singapore annually, has also helped to develop the human capital needed to grow the industry over the years.

With its unique access to industry information and resources, IATA has been a valuable partner with whom Singapore has co-organised the highly successful series of Singapore Aviation Leadership Summits that are held in conjunction with the biennial Singapore Airshow.

The close collaboration has enabled Singapore to attract captains of the aviation industry and key government officials to a premier event which has put Singapore and Changi Airport on the circuit of key global aviation events. The work behind the scenes on this project has been possible only with the presence of IATA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office, which has staff of the appropriate seniority and experience to work with Singapore officials in the organisation of the Summit.

Over the next 10 years, IATA intends to ramp up its operations in Singapore significantly. It also plans to increase the number of conferences, events and training courses to be held here. This will strengthen Singapore’s proposition as a ‘Home for Talent’, and as a centre for knowledge exchange.

IATA’s expansion will add to the vibrancy of international non-profit organisations (INPOs) established in Singapore. This is testament to our unique proposition to the global INPO community as a base to do good work in the region, as well as develop and expand their Asian footprint.


Looking ahead, I am confident that IATA will continue to serve the region well, as it grows its operations here.

Let me also take the opportunity to wish Mr Bisignani the best of health and every success in his future endeavours, after he steps down as IATA’s Director General and CEO later this year.

Thank you.

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News Brief: IATA e-freight is live in three more European countries

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced today the dawn of a new era for the air cargo supply chain in Romania, Slovenia and Malta. E-freight for imports and exports went live in Romania on November 9, in Slovenia on November 12 and in Malta on November 15.

Facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving customs authorities, carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers and shippers. E-freight effectively eliminates the need to send paper documents with air cargo shipments, hence streamlining processes, improving speed and reliability and cutting costs.

In Romania, the e-freight implementation team was led by Air France/KLM, with freight forwarder Schenker. In Slovenia the team was led by Lufthansa in close cooperation with Slovenia Customs and DHL. In Malta the Emirates and Lufthansa were the lead airlines, working closely with in association with BAS Ltd, MAL Services, Servisair Globe Ground, Lufthansa Technik, MITA Technik and Malta Customs.

Romania, Slovenia and Malta are the 33rd, 34th and 35th e-freight countries worldwide to deliver paper-free cargo. Europe now has 19 countries that are e-freight live. The latest list of live locations includes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

The Romanian e-freight implementation team was led by:
Airlines: Air France/KLM
Government Entities: Romania Customs
Freight Forwarder: Schenker

The Slovenian e-freight implementation team includes the following participants:
Airlines: Lufthansa
Government Entities: Slovenia Customs
Freight Forwarders: DHL

In Malta the team comprises the following participants:
Airlines: Emirates, Lufthansa
Government Entities: Malta Customs
Freight Forwarders: BAS Ltd, MAL Services
Ground Handlers: Servisair Globe Ground

For more information, please contact:
Chris Goater
Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2967
Email: corpcomms@iata.org

Notes for Editors:

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.

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Press Release: The MENA Challenge: Coping with Growth

Date: 20 October 2010

Cairo – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for coordinated efforts to deal with the challenges of growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). “Over the last decade, the carriers of the Middle East and North African region have grown from 5% of global traffic to 11%. Planned aircraft purchases of $200 billion over the next decade will support this growth into the foreseeable future. This expanding global presence brings with it the challenge of playing a larger role in the global aviation community,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

The financial situation of the MENA carriers is improving. For 2010, IATA is forecasting a bottom line improvement of $1 billion on the $600 million that the region’s carriers lost in 2009. “We are expecting the region to make $400 million profits this year. A more cautious approach to capacity is helping to drive this improvement. While demand is in line for a 21% increase over last year, the capacity increase has been limited to 15.9%,” said Bisignani in a keynote address to the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) Annual General Meeting in Cairo, Egypt.

For 2011, IATA expects a fall in global profitability to $5.3 billion from the $8.9 billion that airlines are expected to make in 2010. IATA expects MENA carriers to follow the trend with a reduced 2011 regional profit of $300 million. The small profit will be partially driven by an expected capacity expansion of 10.6% outstripping demand growth of 10.4%.

Bisignani highlighted four challenges of growth for the region:

Safety: The region’s hull loss rate for Western built aircraft slipped from zero accidents in 2006 to 3.32 accidents per million flights in 2009. “At 4.6 times the global average of 0.71, that is a concern. The region’s rapid growth must be accompanied with a strong safety record,” said Bisignani who challenged MENA’s governments to adopt IATA’s two safety audits—the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO)—as part of national requirements. Egypt was the first government in the world to mandate IOSA, joined later by Lebanon, Syria and Bahrain, and soon Jordan. Today, 35 MENA carriers are on the IOSA registry, including all 26 IATA members. MENA has also taken a leadership role on ISAGO. Lebanon will make it mandatory for ground handlers from June 2011 and 13 ground handlers in the region are already on the registry.

Infrastructure: The MENA region is planning airport construction totaling $100 billion, which includes at least eight new runways in the Gulf region. “The industry and governments are investing in infrastructure to support the economic benefits of aviation’s growth. But what is being built and planned on the ground is not being matched in the air. Military airspace covers 60% of the region, limiting capacity and forcing inefficient routings. We must cooperate to open more of the region’s skies,” said Bisignani. IATA is also working on projects to redesign airspace in the Gulf area, facilitate more traffic for East-West traffic across North Africa, support ultra-long haul operations with more efficient routings, and complete the implementation of reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM) across MENA by bringing Iraq on board.

Technology for Simplifying the Business: MENA is on target to meet the December deadline for 100% implementation of bar coded boarding passes which promises global savings of $1.5 billion. Airlines are 92% complete while airports are at 90%. The region is home to seven airports that are already operating 100%: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Kuwait and Sharjah. Two countries in MENA are participating in IATA e-freight—the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt. The UAE is a global top performer as the originating country for 21% of all e-freight shipments. “Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have all passed the high-level assessment and are expected to launch in 2011. The only hurdle is for governments to adapt their local regulations to facilitate modern business practices. E-freight is a great competitive advantage with the capability to save the industry $4.9 billion,” said Bisignani.

Government Involvement: Bisignani urged governments in the region to keep costs in check and create the regulatory framework to balance burgeoning long-haul opportunities with short-haul regional liberalization. Bisignani praised Tunisia’s decision, following an IATA intervention, to eliminate its 10% import tax on jet fuel which conflicted with the Chicago Convention. Bisignani urged the region to set correct precedents with privatized infrastructure. “We are now working with Jordan to curb unilateral increases in taxes and charges that followed privatization of its airports. To keep competitive, governments much ensure meaningful consultation and agreed investments plans,” said Bisignani, who also encouraged the region to take a more proactive approach to liberalization. “I see cutting-edge examples of liberalization as key markets such as Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia build open-sky agreements with Europe. The Damascus Convention of 2004 provides a framework for regional liberalization, but the number of countries ratifying it is disappointing.”

Environment: Bisignani noted the important outcomes of the 37th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that placed aviation ahead of all other industries in dealing with climate change. “Governments confirmed ICAO’s leadership role in managing aviation’s emissions and agreed on a collective aspirational goal to improve fuel efficiency by 2% to 2050, while capping emissions from 2020 with carbon-neutral growth. They also agreed to develop a framework for economic measures that minimize market distortions, treat air transport in line with other sectors, ensure that emissions are accounted for only once and recognize past and future efforts,” said Bisignani.

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IATA Press Release: IATA Applauds ICAO Agreement

Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) applauded the 190 contracting states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on achieving the first global governmental agreement with aspirational goals to stabilize carbon emissions. The achievement was formalized in a resolution of the 37th ICAO Assembly, which concluded its deliberations in Montreal today.

“Governments have taken an historic decision. For the first time, we have globally agreed aspirational goals to stabilize emissions. No other industry sector has a similar globally agreed framework for managing its response to climate change in a manner that takes into consideration the needs of both developed and developing states. Moreover, it recognizes the need for governments and industry to work together. This is a good first step that prepares the way for future achievements,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

The ICAO Resolution

The ICAO resolution calls for:

  • Improving fuel efficiency by 2% annually to 2050
  • Striving to achieve a collective medium-term aspirational goal of capping aviation’s carbon emissions from 2020
  • A global CO2 standard for aircraft engines with a target date of 2013

The ICAO resolution also calls for the development of a global framework on market based (economic) measures by the 38th Assembly (2013) based on 15 agreed principles. These principles are designed to:

  • Minimize market distortions
  • Safeguard the fair treatment of aviation relative to other sectors
  • Ensure that aviation’s emissions are accounted for only once and
  • Recognize both past and future efforts of carriers

Closing the Gap with Industry

In 2007, IATA announced a vision for aviation to achieve carbon-neutral growth on the way to a carbon-free future with a four-pillar strategy based on technology investments, efficient infrastructure, effective operations and positive economic measures. In 2009, IATA’s membership committed to three goals: a 1.5% average annual improvement in fuel efficiency to 2020, capping net emissions with carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and cutting net emissions in half by 2050 compared to 2005.

The global aviation industry united around this approach, putting aviation at the forefront of industrial sectors responding to climate change. “The four-pillar strategy and targets are not just airline commitments. The entire aviation industry—airlines, airports, air navigation service providers and manufacturers—have made a common commitment that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commended as a role model for others to follow. Aviation takes its environmental responsibility seriously. With today’s agreement, governments have taken a significant step in support of the industry’s ambitions,” said Bisignani.

Bisignani addressed the gap in the industry’s commitment to a 1.5% average annual improvement in fuel efficiency and the ICAO goal of a 2% annual improvement. “We are confident that achieving a 1.5% average annual improvement in fuel efficiency is possible with efforts of the industry. The 2% ICAO goal means that governments must come to the table with much needed infrastructure improvements such as the Single European Sky or NextGen in the US,” said Bisignani.

Next Steps

The agreement’s principles on market based measures have implications for all governments with, or seeking to implement, environmental schemes or taxes. “In light of this agreement, all states should review any economic measures, planned or implemented, to conform to today’s agreed principles. The only effective long-term solution remains a global approach, which states agreed to work towards under ICAO’s leadership,” said Bisignani.

“We must recognize that a long journey still lies ahead. Industry’s ambitious targets are still ahead of governments. Our commitment to cut emissions in half by 2050 compared to 2005 remains the global benchmark. The entire aviation industry is committed to working under the leadership of ICAO as we move forward to achieve both the aspirations outlined in today’s agreement and the industry’s targets. We will take this strong message to the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun later this year,” said Bisignani.

In addition to this global agreement on environment, the ICAO Assembly marked notable progress with a global declaration on security and a milestone agreement on sharing safety information among IATA, ICAO, the EU and the United States. “I congratulate the ICAO leadership for their hard work and leading role within the UN system. President Roberto Kobeh Gonzáles, Secretary General Raymond Benjamin, and Assembly President Harold Demuren have concluded a landmark Assembly with major achievements on the industry’s top priorities of safety, security and environmental leadership.”

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IATA Press Release: Opportunity for a Global Framework on Environment – IATA Urges Agreement at ICAO Assembly

Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged the governments of the world to reach an agreement on a global framework to manage international aviation’s emissions at the 37th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“The biggest challenge for this Assembly is to reach an agreement on a global solution to manage emissions from international aviation. A united aviation industry of airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, manufacturers and general aviation has made ambitious commitments to cap and eventually cut its emissions. To be successful, governments must endorse these commitments in a globally agreed framework,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO, to a group of delegates attending the ICAO Assembly in Montreal.

The aviation industry is united behind three targets: (1) a 1.5% average annual improvement in fuel efficiency to 2020, (2) capping net emissions from 2020 with carbon-neutral growth and (3) cutting emission in half by 2050 compared to 2005. “No other industrial sector has made such ambitious global commitments. Even UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commended the aviation industry as a role model for other industries to follow,” said Bisignani.

Bisignani highlighted several key elements which could help facilitate global consensus:

  • Place and Process: The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, confirmed that ICAO is the forum for dealing with emissions from international aviation and that any agreement at ICAO would not, in any way, impact the position of any state on non-aviation issues discussed in the UNFCCC process.
  • Developing Nations: Even within a global agreement, ICAO has a track record of accommodating the needs of developing states. For example, ICAO’s global framework for noise reduction included extended timelines for developing states.
  • Growth: The industry’s global solution will facilitate growth and the economic benefits it brings even while reducing emissions. This will be achieved through the industry’s four- pillar strategy of investments in technology, more efficient infrastructure, more effective operations and globally coordinated positive economic measures.

“Major blockers are being removed. The industry is ready. And most governments agree that a global framework is needed. There are still some hurdles to overcome, but we are moving in the right direction,” said Bisignani who noted that important regional groupings and individual states have indicated their wish for an agreement.

The planned inclusion of aviation into the European emissions trading scheme in 2012 has helped to focus governments on the urgency of a global solution. “If this Assembly ends without an agreement, the next opportunity is 2013. In the meantime the industry would be faced with a growing patchwork of conflicting and overlapping measures. For example, against global opposition, Europe would have to try to move forward with its unilateral emissions trading scheme,” said Bisignani.

“No government or industry player will want to face the consequences of such a development. It would lead to a breakdown of the global standards on which global aviation was built, a patchwork of uncoordinated taxes and schemes, strained bilateral relations and serious challenges on sovereignty issues,” said Bisignani.

“The livelihoods of 32 million people and $3.5 trillion in economic activity depend on the success of global aviation. As leaders, everyone attending this Assembly has a great responsibility to continue building a safe, secure, efficient and sustainable future for this wonderful industry. The industry is committed to supporting governments in reaching agreement on a responsible solution for aviation and the environment. I am optimistic that we will be successful,” said Bisignani.

The ICAO Assembly will discuss environmental issues in its Executive Committee on Thursday 30 September with conclusions to be reported by the Assembly’s conclusion on 8 October.

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IATA Press Release: Global Safety Information Exchange Launched

Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA), along with three governmental aviation safety organizations, today signed an agreement to launch the Global Safety Information Exchange. Creating a comprehensive global information exchange to improve safety is the most ambitious private/public safety partnership in aviation history.

IATA, together with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the US Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Commission of the European Union (EC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create the framework and path forward to launch the Global Safety Information Exchange. The MOU signing took place following the opening session of the ICAO Assembly and was signed by IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani, ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin, US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, and EU Vice President Siim Kallas.

“Air is the safest way to travel. We achieved this level of safety precisely because governments and industry have cooperated transparently to identify risks and implement solutions. Today’s agreement takes the long history of cooperation to a new level by tearing down silos around the data that we have and sharpening our focus on the greatest risks to aviation safety,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

“We have a long history of working together with governments using global standards to lower the accident rate. In 1945, there were 9 million passengers and 247 fatalities. In 2009, 2.3 billion people flew with 685 fatalities. Every fatality is a human tragedy and reminds us that we must do better. Today’s agreement signals a new era of multilateral cooperation between industry and government to make the skies safer,” said Bisignani.

The four organizations will start their cooperation by selecting the safety information each group currently collects, which would be the most relevant to the goal of improving safety by risk reduction. IATA will make the largest contribution of airline data by providing de-identified information from the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program. This will include de-identified information from the 345 airlines that are on the IOSA registry (230 IATA members and 115 non-members). IOSA sets the standard of safety for airlines and aggregated IOSA audit information will complement audit information from the other partners in developing global safety priorities.

A steering group will be formed and will have representatives from each of the four organizations. ICAO will act as the coordinator of the information exchange.

The 2009 global accident rate, measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jet aircraft, was 0.71. Through the first six months of 2010, the accident rate was 0.64. Compared to 10 years ago, the accident rate has been cut 36% from the 1.11 rate recorded in 2000.

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IATA: Avoid Spanish Air Traffic Control Strike

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged AENA, the Spanish air navigation service provider, and the Spanish air traffic controllers to take all measures possible to avoid strike action. Specifically, Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO urged Spain’s air traffic controllers to accept AENA’s offer to enter into an arbitration process to resolve their differences.

“This is not the time for strikes. Arbitration is a fair, open and balanced means to settle the differences between AENA and the air traffic controllers. And it would avoid debilitating disruption to Spain’s economy,” said Bisignani.

“The global financial crisis and Europe’s ongoing debt crisis are challenging governments, employers and employees to change in order to build stronger and more robust economies. With 20% unemployment, Spain cannot be a spectator. The economy is weak and it can ill afford the devastating effects of an air traffic control strike on Spanish business, especially tourism,” said Bisignani.

“This is not just theory. When much of Europe’s air space closed for a few days as a result of the ash crisis, airlines lost $1.8 billion in revenue and the cost to economy is estimated at over $5 billion. Even the threat of a strike is seeing people changing plans to avoid Spanish destinations, airports and airspace. That’s lost money for the economy and puts Spanish jobs at risk. Agreeing to arbitration would remove the threat of a strike and restore passenger confidence,” said Bisignani.

After decades of discussion, Europe is finally moving forward with some key elements of the Single European Sky. Uniting Europe’s air space is critical. Each year, the efficiencies generated will save over EUR 5 billion in costs, reduce delays by millions of minutes and reduce CO2 emissions by 16 million tonnes. Many of the changes under contention between AENA and the air traffic controllers are associated with the preparations for Spain to benefit from the Single European Sky.

“Over the last decade, every industry has been challenged to change and to improve efficiency. Airlines improved productivity by 63% but, as the bankruptcy of Mexicana proves, the industry is fragile and even more change is needed. Changes in telecoms, automobiles or pharmaceuticals have all been massive, often times painful, but absolutely necessary to survive. AENA too must change to ensure that Spain has cost-efficient air connectivity to power its economy. The burden of this change includes the controllers,” said Bisignani.

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Strengthening the Foundations of Brazilian Aviation

IATA Press Release
20 August 2009

Sao Paulo – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) set out an agenda for the Brazilian civil aviation sector, leveraging positive actions by the Government of Brazil to improve competitiveness and deliver broad economic benefits.

“The new Civil Aviation National Policy is a great opportunity. Air transport supports 2.6% of Brazil’s economy. Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of business depend on its success. Brazil must use the national policy to build a more competitive industry by overcoming major fiscal and infrastructure handicaps,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO. Bisignani made his comments in a speech to industry and government leaders at the British Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Bisignani held positive meetings with ANAC, the Ministry of Defense and the Minister of Institutional Relations and noted many recent encouraging developments in Brazilian aviation. These include the elimination of the PIS/COFINS tax on jet fuel which collected US$100 million annually, the adoption of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) by the Brazilian government, and the staged liberalization of air fares. “As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we look forward to working even more closely with the government to further improve the competitiveness of Brazilian aviation and achieve cost-efficient infrastructure improvements,” said Bisignani.

Bisignani offered to work with the Brazilian government in two key areas:

Airport Concessions: Brazil is contemplating airport concessions to help speed infrastructure improvements. “Private investment with the right conditions can help improve infrastructure but concessionaires must be governed by robust economic regulation. Our common goal is to ensure that the airport is run efficiently, serves and consults with its customers and drives economic development. This is a natural role for ANAC. IATA is happy to bring its global expertise to ensure that ANAC has the independence to carry its mission effectively,” said Bisignani.
Congestion at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport: Bisignani offered support for early implementation of IATA’s Worldwide Scheduling Guidelines at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos airport. “Congestion pricing is not a solution. IATA’s Worldwide Scheduling Guidelines are helping airports around the world manage congestion. As we evaluate longer term solutions, we look forward to working with INFRAERO to make the most of existing terminals and infrastructure and to a robust consultation process on future developments,” said Bisignani.
Bisignani also noted the need to improve the competitiveness of the Brazilian aviation sector by working together to addressing two specific issues:

Petrobras’ import parity pricing policy: “This adds 30 cents to every gallon of jet fuel sold in Brazil. This US$450 million annual competitive disadvantage makes no sense for a country that supplies 80% of its fuel needs domestically. The result is that 32% of the cost structure of Brazil’s airlines goes to fuel, compared to a global average of 23%. We must find a policy that brings prices in line with market realities,” said Bisignani.
ATAERO Tax: Airport charges paid to INFRAERO, Brazil’s airport operator, do not equally recover costs for each individual airport. Airlines pay a 50% surcharge (US$370 million annually) known as ATAERO to cover the gaps. “INFRAERO must be funded on a cost recovery basis, with charges that are transparent, agreed with users and in line with international standards,” said Bisignani.
Finally, Bisignani urged Brazil’s government to be a strong voice driving aviation forward on two key priorities: environment and liberalization.

Environment: IATA is leading industry efforts on aviation and the environment with three sequential targets: a 1.5% average annual improvement in fuel efficiency to 2020, carbon neutral growth by 2020 and a 50% absolute cut in emissions by 2050 (compared to 2005). “Brazil is critical to these goals. As a leader in biofuels, I hope that the Brazilian government will provide the fiscal and legal framework to encourage investments in sustainable biofuels which can significantly reduce aviation’s carbon footprint. Brazil is a major player in the UNFCCC process and at ICAO which is tasked with handling aviation’s international emissions. It has a leadership responsibility to ensure that ICAO can bring to the UNFCCC a position that supports a global sectoral approach to aviation emissions and reflects the industry’s globally harmonized approach to controlling emissions,” said Bisignani.

Liberalization: Brazil was one of 15 governments participating in IATA’s Agenda for Freedom. An IATA study showed that market and ownership liberalization in Brazil had the potential to generate up to 400,000 new jobs and up to 24 billion Reais. “CONAC’s proposal to increase foreign ownership possibilities to 49% and a recent liberal bilateral agreement with Chile are steps in the right direction. As the region’s largest economy, I hope that Brazil can take leadership to promote liberalization in Latin America and globally,” said Bisignani.

View Giovanni Bisignani’s full speech

Notes for Editors:

IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.
For more information, please contact:

Anthony Concil
Director Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2967


Reforçando os Fundamentos da Aviação Brasileira

20 de agosto de 2009 (São Paulo) A Associação Internacional de Transporte Aéreo (IATA)
definiu uma agenda para o setor da aviação civil brasileira, destacando ações positivas do
governo brasileiro para melhorar a competitividade e proporcionar amplos benefícios

“A nova Política Nacional de Aviação Civil é uma grande oportunidade. O transporte aéreo
sustenta 2,6% da economia brasileira. Milhares de empregos e bilhões de dólares em negócios
dependem de seu sucesso. O Brasil deve usar a política nacional para construir uma indústria
mais competitiva, abordando importantes descompassos fiscais e de infraestrutura “, disse
Giovanni Bisignani, Diretor Geral e CEO da IATA. Bisignani fez seus comentários em um
discurso para líderes da indústria e do governo na Câmara Britânica de Comércio em São Paulo,

Bisignani teve positivas reuniões com a ANAC, o Ministério da Defesa e com o Ministro das
Relações Institucionais e constatou recentes desenvolvimentos encorajadores para a aviação
brasileira. Estes incluem a eliminação do PIS/COFINS sobre a querosene de aviação, que
representam US$100 milhões anualmente, a adoção do IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)
pelo governo brasileiro e a progressiva liberalização das tarifas aéreas. “Com a preparação do
Brasil para sediar a Copa do Mundo 2014, estamos dispostos a trabalhar ainda mais
estreitamente com o governo para aprimorar a competitividade da aviação brasileira e alcançar
maiores eficiências de custo de infraestrutura”, disse Bisignani.

Bisignani se ofereceu para trabalhar com o governo brasileiro em duas áreas fundamentais:
• Concessões de Aeroportos: O Brasil está considerando a concessões de aeroportos
para acelerar melhorias na infraestrutura. “O investimento privado, nas condições
adequadas, pode ajudar a melhorar a infraestrutura, mas os concessionários devem ser
objeto de uma regulação econômica robusta. O nosso objetivo comum é assegurar que
o aeroporto funcione de forma eficiente, sirva e interaja com seus clientes e impulsione o
desenvolvimento econômico. Esta é uma função da ANAC. A IATA tem prazer em dividir
sua experiência global para possibilitar que a ANAC tenha a independência para
desempenhar sua missão de maneira eficaz”, disse Bisignani.
• Congestionamento no Aeroporto de Guarulhos/São Paulo: Bisignani ofereceu apoio
para a pronta implementação dos Worldwide Scheduling Guidelines no aeroporto de
Guarulhos, em São Paulo. “A tarifa de congestionamento não é uma solução. Os
Worldwide Scheduling Guidelines estão ajudando aeroportos ao redor do mundo a
gerenciar congestionamentos. Enquanto avaliamos soluções de longo prazo,
trabalharemos com a INFRAERO para tirar máximo proveito da infraestrutura e dos
terminais existentes, além de um processo consistente de planejamento conjunto sobre
futuros projetos “, disse Bisignani.

Bisignani observou também a necessidade de melhorar a competitividade do setor de aviação
brasileiro, trabalhando em conjunto para abordar duas questões específicas:
Política da paridade de preços de importação da Petrobras: “Isto adiciona 30
centavos para cada galão de querosene de aviação vendido no Brasil. Essa
desvantagem competitiva de US$450 milhões anuais não faz sentido para um país que
produz internamente 80% de seu consumo de combustível. O resultado disto é que a
participação dos combustíveis nos custos das empresas brasileiras representa 32% do
total, contra 23% da média global. Precisamos encontrar uma política de preços alinhada
com as realidades do mercado”, disse Bisignani.

ATAERO: As tarifas de aeroporto pagas para a INFRAERO, a operadora brasileira de
aeroportos, não cobrem por completo os custos para cada aeroporto individualmente. As
empresas aéreas pagam uma sobretaxa de 50% (US$ 370 milhões ao ano) conhecida
como ATAERO para cobrir necessidades. “A INFRAERO deve ser remunerada em base
de recuperação de custos, com tarifas que sejam transparentes, acordadas com os
usuários e alinhadas com padrões internacionais”, disse Bisignani.
Por fim Bisignani instigou o governo brasileiro a ser um líder no setor de aviação com relação à
dois temas prioritários: meio ambiente e liberalização.

Meio ambiente: a IATA está liderando os esforços da aviação civil com relação ao meio
ambiente, com três metas sequenciais: 1,5% de melhoria anual na eficiência de combustível até
2020, crescimento neutro de carbono até 2020 e redução absoluta de 50% nas emissões até
2050 (em comparação à 2005). “O Brasil é chave para estas metas. Com um líder em
biocombustíveis, espero que o governo brasileiro desenvolva um modelo fiscal e legal para
encorajar investimentos em biocombustíveis sustentáveis, que podem reduzir significativamente
nossa pegada de carbono. O Brasil é um ator importante no UNFCCC e na ICAO, que foi
incumbida de gerenciar as emissões da aviação internacional. O Brasil possui uma
responsabilidade de liderança para garantir que a ICAO consiga levar para o UNFCCC uma
posição que represente a abordagem da indústria da aviação e reflita o objetivo de
harmonização global para o controle das emissões”, disse Bisignani.

Liberalização: O Brasil foi um dos 15 governos que participou da reunião Agenda for Freedom,
da IATA. Um estudo da IATA indicou que a liberalização do acesso ao mercado e à propriedade
tem o potencial de gerar até 400.000 novos empregos e até R$ 24 bilhões de incremento no PIB
do país. “A proposta do CONAC de aumentar as possibilidades de propriedade estrangeira para
49% e um recente acordo bilateral liberal com o Chile são passos na direção correta. Como a
maior economia da região, espero que o Brasil assuma a liderança para promover a liberalização
na América Latina e globalmente”, disse Bisignani.

O texto complete do discurso de Bisignani está disponível em www.iata.org

Anthony Concil
Diretor de Comunicação Corporativa
+ 41 22 770 2967
Email: corpcomms@iata.org

Nota para os editores:

• IATA (International Air Transport Association) representa 230 empresas aéreas,
compreendendo 93% do tráfego aéreo internacional regular.

Se refuerzan los cimientos de la aviación brasileña

20 de agosto de 2009 (Sao Paulo) – La International Air Transport Association (IATA) ha
dibujado una agenda para el sector brasileño de aviación civil, aprovechando las acciones
positivas del Gobierno brasileño para mejorar la competitividad y obtener beneficios económicos
más amplios.

“La nueva Política Nacional de Aviación Civil es una gran oportunidad. El transporte aéreo
supone el 2,6% de la economía brasileña. Miles de puestos de trabajo y miles de millones de
dólares de penden de su éxito. Brasil debe usar la política nacional para construir una industria
más competitiva dando respuesta a los principales retos en materia fiscal y de infraestructura”,
dijo Giovanni Bisignani, Director General y CEO de IATA. Bisignani hizo estos comentarios en un
discurso ante líderes de la industria y el gobierno en la Cámara de Comercio Británica en Sao
Paulo, Brasil.

Bisignani sostuvo encuentros positivos con el ANAC, el Ministerio de Defensa y el Ministerio de
Relaciones institucionales, y se hizo eco de varios desarrollos positivos recientes en la aviación
brasileña. Estos incluyen la eliminación del impuesto PIS/COFINS sobre el combustible de
aviación, que obtenía 100 millones de dólares anualmente, la adopción de la Auditoría de
Seguridad Operacional de IATA (IOSA), por parte del Gobierno brasileño, y la liberalización
escalonada de las tarifas aéreas. “A medida que Brasil se prepara para ser la anfitriona de la
Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en 2014, esperamos trabajar cada vez más estrechamente con el
Gobierno para mejorar aun más la competitividad de la aviación brasileña y lograr mejoras en la
eficiencia de los costes de las infraestructuras”, dijo Bisignani.

Bisignani ofreció trabajar con el Gobierno brasileño en dos áreas clave:

• Concesiones aeroportuarias: Brasil está estudiando concesiones aeroportuarias para
ayudar a agilizar las mejoras en infraestructura. “Las inversiones privadas con las
condiciones adecuadas pueden ayudar a mejorar la infraestructura, pero los
concesionarios deben ser gobernados por regulaciones económicas sólidas. Nuestro
objetivo común es asegurar que los aeropuertos funcionan de forma eficiente, dan
servicio y se comunican con sus clientes y ayudan al desarrollo económico. Esta es una
tarea natural para ANAC. IATA está muy satisfecha en aportar su experiencia global
para asegurar que ANAC tiene la independencia para llevar a cabo su misión de forma
eficiente”, dijo Bisignani.

• Congestión en el Aeropuerto Guarulhos de Sao Paulo: Bisignani ofreció el apoyo
para la implementación de la Guía de Programación Mundial de IATA en el Aeropuerto
Guarulhos de Sao Paulo. “Cobrar para evitar la congestión no es la solución. La Guía de
Programación Mundial de IATA está ayudando a los aeropuertos de todo el mundo a
gestionar la congestión. Mientras evaluamos soluciones a largo plazo, esperamos
trabajar con INFRAERO para conseguir lo máximo de las terminales e infraestructuras
existentes y llegar a un sólido proceso de consultas sobre los desarrollos futuros”, dijo

Bisignani también hizo notar la necesidad de mejorar la competitividad del sector brasileño de
aviación trabajando juntos para dar respuesta a dos problemas específicos:

• La política de paridad de importación en los precios de Petrobras: “Esto añade 30
centavos a cada galón de combustible de aviación vendido en Brasil. Esta desventaja
competitiva de 450 millones de dólares anuales, no tiene sentido para un país que
suministra domésticamente el 80% de sus necesidad de combustible. El resultado es
que el 32% de la estructura de costes de las líneas aéreas brasileñas es el combustible,
en comparación con la media mundial del 23 %. Debemos encontrar una política que
coloque a los precios en línea con la realidad del mercado”, dijo Bisignani.

• El impuesto ATAERO: Las tasas aeroportuarias que se pagan a INFRAERO, el
operador brasileño de aeropuertos, no recuperan costes de forma similar en cada
aeropuerto individual. Las líneas aéreas pagan una sobretasa del 50% (370 millones de
dólares anuales), conocida como ATAERO para cubrir los agujeros. “ATAERO debe
financiarse sobre una base de recuperación de costes, con tasas transparentes, de
acuerdo con los utilizadores, y en línea con las normas internacionales”, dijo Bisignani.
Finalmente, Bisignani urgió al Gobierno brasileño para que apoyase el futuro de la aviación
basándose en dos prioridades clave: medio ambiente y liberalización.
Medio Ambiente: IATA está liderando los esfuerzos de la industria sobre el medio ambiente con
tres objetivos esenciales: Una media del 1,5% anual de mejora en la eficiencia del consumo de
combustible hasta 2020, crecimiento neutral en carbono para 2020 y una reducción absoluta del
50% en las emisiones en 2050 (en comparación con 2005). “Brasil es crítico para lograr estos
objetivos. Como líder en biocombustibles, espero que el Gobierno brasileño ofrezca el marco
fiscal y legal para ayudar a las inversiones en biocombustibles sostenibles que pueden reducir de
forma significativa la huella de carbono de la aviación. Brasil es uno de los principales actores en
el proceso de UNFCCC y en OACI, que tiene la responsabilidad de gestionar las emisiones
internacionales de la aviación. Tiene la responsabilidad de líder para asegurar que OACI pueda
dar a UNFCCC una propuesta que apoye una filosofía sectorial global y refleje la filosofía
armonizada globalmente del sector para controlar sus emisiones”, dijo Bisignani.

Liberalización: Brasil fue uno de los 15 países cuyo Gobierno participó en la “Agenda for
Freedom” de IATA. Un estudio de IATA mostro que la liberalización de mercado y de la
propiedad en Brasil tenía el potencial de generar hasta 400.000 nuevos empleos y 24.000
millones de Reais. “La propuesta de CONAC de incrementar la propiedad extranjera hasta el
49% y un reciente acuerdo bilateral liberal con Chile son pasos en la dirección correcta. Como la
mayor economía de la región, espero que Brasil tenga el liderazgo para promover la
liberalización en América Latina y globalmente”, dijo Bisignani.

El texto complete del discurso de Bsisgnani está disponible en www.iata.org.

– IATA –
Anthony Concil
Director Corporate Communications
+ 41 22 770 2967
Email: corpcomms@iata.org
Nota para los editors:
• IATA (International Air Transport Association) representa a unas 230 líneas aéreas, que
suponen el 93% del tráfico aéreo internacional regular.

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