International Air Transport Association
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Strategic Partnerships Newsletter

44th issue * Quarter 3, 2012


Mark Hubble, Senior Vice-president of Marketing and Commercial Services at IATA, describes some of the highlights of the 68th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit, held in Beijing from 10 to 12 June 2012.


Record-breaking Attendance

Air China was the host airline of this year’s AGM, which saw a record attendance of 750 aviation-industry delegates, including 430 delegates from 120 airlines. The total number is up 4% from last year’s AGM in Singapore. In fact, attendance has been steadily trending upward since 2009: the 2010 AGM in Berlin saw an increase of 25% over the previous year, followed by a further increase of 15% in 2011. In addition, 350 media delegates attended, up from 220 the year before.

Members of IATA’s Strategic Partnerships (SP) program were also well-represented, with delegates from some 50 organizations adding to the quality of the event in a significant way, both through participation and sponsorship.

These numbers speak volumes about the value of the AGM. Attendees receive global coverage and visibility, while benefitting from the spotlight on the importance of aviation as a key driver for GDP, economic development, and job creation worldwide. Moreover, the AGM is the premier industry event enabling key industry stakeholders and high-level decision makers to get together, share views, debate ideas, and determine the best way to move the industry forward.


Highlights: State of the Industry, Timely Panels, and Interactive Sessions

In his opening State of the Industry address, Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, emphasized the importance of partnerships. IATA’s goal is to work in cooperation with all industry stakeholders and partners to drive aviation more successfully in terms of safety, security, and sustainability—not only with a view to increased profitability, but also environmental stewardship.

The Doing Business in China panel, moderated by CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout, explored the ways the industry and its partners can better leverage this major growth market. Moderated by CNN’s Richard Quest, the dynamic CEO Insight Debate featured well-versed CEOs from within the industry and beyond discussing the future of aviation.

With distribution accounting for a significant portion of airlines’ costs, the industry is seeking new distribution models to enhance their value proposition. The Future of Airline Distribution panel, moderated by Aleks Popovich, IATA’s Senior Vice-president of Industry Distribution and Financial Services, spawned a healthy debate with airline CEOs and some of the principal GDSs in the marketplace.

Now more than ever, it is essential that governments acknowledge the aviation industry’s value as a driver of economic growth; taxation models must reflect this reality. The Value of Aviation session, moderated by Brian Pearce, IATA’s Chief Economist, explored the complex relationship between aviation and governments.

The other panel discussions addressed Social Media and Air Transport and the Commercialization of Biofuels.


Abundant Networking Opportunities

Meanwhile, the AGM provided plenty of opportunities for meeting, networking, building relationships, and conducting business. The IATA Commercial team alone had 57 meetings. Several regional associations used the opportunity to convene their annual meetings; frequent press conferences were held; and social events abounded. In addition, many sponsors had their own hospitality suites so as to engage in private meetings with prospective and existing clients.

Reinstated this year, Tony Tyler hosted an SP cocktail. With the SP membership growing steadily, this informal gathering provided a means for IATA’s Director General and CEO to touch base with Strategic Partners about their involvement with IATA and their future objectives, as well as to thank them for their many contributions.


The Launch of Two New Initiatives

IATA launched two new Board-approved initiatives at this AGM: the new distribution capability (NDC) and Direct Data Service (DDS).

Since the Simplifying the Business article in this issue addresses the NDC, I will focus on DDS.

DDS, a powerful database of passenger market intelligence, is a natural evolution of IATA’s successful PaxIS product. With more market coverage, DDS will include valuable direct-sales data not available in PaxIS or any other GDS service. Based on a “give and get” system, this new service will only be available to those airlines who have contributed their data. However, PaxIS will continue to be available to all airlines seeking market intelligence.

IATA’s objective is to offer the industry a flexible, value-added package of choices based on airlines’ individual needs, as determined by their respective fleet and networks.


Looking Ahead

Despite the forecast of a razor-thin profit margin for 2012, the future of the air transport industry looks bright. More people are flying and more freight is being shipped than ever before, and demand will only increase. If we can work in partnership across the whole value chain to make the industry more efficient and productive and to enhance the passenger experience, aviation will reinforce its position as a major driver of the global economy.


AGM 2013: Cape Town

The 69th IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit will be hosted by South African Airways at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre from 2 to 4 June 2013.

To learn more about participating in—and sponsorship opportunities at—the 2013 AGM, please contact the SP team.

View and read Tony Tyler’s State of the Industry Speech.

View the program and download the agenda, which mentions participating Strategic Partners.

Download press releases and other material concerning the AGM.

Download broadcast-quality B-roll and highlights of speeches in the AGM Video Gallery.


Heads in the Clouds: Airline Chief Information Officers Are Scrutinizing the Potential of Cloud Computing

Despite the name, it’s far from a nebulous idea. Its supporters claim cloud computing has the potential to transform the air transport industry, streamlining not only information technology (IT) departments but also entire business processes.

Cloud computing is essentially a way to store and manage data via the Internet rather than local servers. Electricity is often used by way of explanation. The end user can turn on a light switch without worrying about the power grid behind it. Similarly, a cloud user can go online anywhere using any appropriate device to access all relevant applications and files with the latest content. The connection, in theory, is instant. Read more in Airlines International


Accelya Kale Solutions Limited: Auto-verification of Inward Billing through SIS

IATA’s introduction of SIS has brought about revolutionary changes in the Interline Billing process. The change has been particularly significant for Miscellaneous Billing, which has moved from unstructured, paper-based billing to highly structured, standardized electronic billing. Details typically provided through supporting documents in the past have become an integral part of the electronic invoice.

Carriers can derive benefits as a billed entity. The availability of detailed, structured data provides major opportunities to automate the following through Inward Billing:

  • Routing of invoices to approvers
  • Accurate accounting
  • Verification of inward billing

The first two benefits would mainly make existing business processes more efficient. The third opens up an altogether new possibility.

Prior to the advent of SIS, the activity of verifying inward bills was quite laborious. Most carriers would resort to manual checking on a sample basis, at best supported by spreadsheets. Those who endeavored to do a complete check discovered it was quite expensive. The possibility of an automated verification would certainly prove to be a boon.

The 100% automatic verification of all inward bills might only be feasible in an ideal world. In reality, the extent of checks could significantly vary depending on the service being billed.

First, the billed carrier would need to create “expected billing” accurately with the required level of granularity. Second, the reconciliation tool deployed would need to be intelligent enough to address various issues, such as:

  • Difference in granularity between expected and actual billing
  • Changes in timing/aggregation of billing
  • Applicable tolerance levels, etc.

A good reconciliation tool must apply specific matching rules based on services, vendor, location, and so on. Only then could it achieve an acceptable level of automated verification in terms of volume and value.

Accelya Kale’s FINESSE MBS™ solution has already helped to realize the first two benefits. By year’s end, it will provide a sophisticated inward-billing reconciliation module—fully integrated with its existing workflow functionality.

Shailesh Phatak
Vice-president, Airline Financial Management


Chartis: Miracle on the Hudson

The story of the “Miracle on the Hudson” is well known: the aircraft flying through a flock of geese after takeoff, crippling the commercial jet’s engines; the heroics and professionalism of the cockpit and cabin crew getting the aircraft down on the Hudson River, saving the lives of the 150 passengers; the rescue of the passengers from the frigid waters by the tugboat operators.

But what happened after the heroics? After everyone was safe? Here is the rest of the story.

The passengers had been through a traumatic event on a commercial flight. Something was expected of the airline, even though it had done nothing wrong. From the company that made the aircraft to the mechanics that worked on the aircraft to the pilots that flew the aircraft, no one was responsible for the accident. It was just that: an accident.

Within three days—once the airline had attended to the passengers’ immediate needs—the anticipated claims of the 150 passengers were turned over to Chartis, the airline’s lead insurer. In less than 30 days, Chartis recovered the aircraft from the river, paid for the aircraft, and reimbursed the airline for its expenses and the US$5,000 it had paid each passenger. Then came the calls from many of the passengers and their attorneys. While most of the passengers were happy to be alive and thankful for the “miracle,” a few believed they were entitled to more.

Chartis took the position that the airline was not at fault, but decided to offer all of the passengers a non-negotiable final settlement of $10,000. Over the next 24 months, all of the passengers accepted the settlement offer, or never replied to the offer. Without one lawsuit, without one court battle, the case of a major commercial airline accident was closed.



Gael Ltd.: Integrating FDM and SMS Yields Results for Freebird Airlines

IOSA-certified Freebird is an international charter airline with a fleet of six Airbus A320s and two A321s.

Freebird administered its safety management system (SMS) using Q-Pulse from Gael and high-tech company Sagem’s analysis ground station (AGS) flight-data monitoring system. While Freebird was delighted with the individual merits of each solution, the belief was that the integration of both systems would result in additional safety and operational benefits.

Prior to integration, the Safety Department at Freebird had to double key information from the frequency-division multiplexing (FDM) system into the SMS managed by Q-Pulse. Thus, when flight-safety FDM events were identified within AGS, the information had to be retyped manually into Q-Pulse. Sometimes adding up to 28 fields per record, the error-prone process proved time-consuming and frustrating.

Gael’s and Sagem’s development teams worked together to deliver an integrated solution that would eliminate duplication of effort. The outcome was deployed a few months later.

Freebird identified a number of benefits immediately. Apart from saving time and increasing the accuracy of the information entered into Q-Pulse, user motivation to investigate FDM events in Q-Pulse increased. The removal of barriers between the two systems meant that users were significantly more likely to engage with the FDM and SMS systems. The airline found that this increase in information volume, accuracy, and consistency led to more effective investigations and analysis in Q-Pulse.

With a clearer view of its FDM incidents and the improved transparency of its SMS, Freebird’s safety levels have increased. The airline attributes this improvement to the collaboration between Gael and Sagem.

Craig Baker
Global Business Manager, Aviation


GE Aviation: Stakeholder Collaboration Advances PBN in South America

This past February, LAN Airlines successfully flew Latin America’s first continuously guided flight from takeoff to landing using performance-based navigation (PBN) technology. The Green Skies of Peru project, a collaborative effort among LAN, GE Aviation, Peru’s air-navigation service provider CORPAC, and regulator DGAC, provides aircraft flying from Cusco to Lima with a highly efficient, predictable flight path from origin to destination.

The project is a notable milestone in the global effort to modernize today’s obsolete airspace infrastructure and to match the capabilities of today's modern aircraft systems. Deploying a continuous PBN city-pair flight path creates additional predictability and continuity throughout the entire flight, compared to a single PBN arrival or departure path, while solving operational challenges at individual airports.

The GE-designed PBN departure, en-route, arrival, and approach procedures will save participating airlines an average of 19 track miles, 6.3 minutes, 450 pounds of fuel, and 1,420 pounds of CO2 emissions per flight. The flight paths also permit increased capacity at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, while helping to reduce the carbon footprint at Cusco, the access point to Machu Picchu.

On 5 May 2012, Brazil’s first required navigation performance (RNP) flight procedures were approved for operational use, following a successful validation flight by GOL. The procedures will improve access and capacity at Santos Dumont Airport, while reducing fuel burn and carbon emissions for GOL and the other approved airlines that fly them. The RNP procedures lower the operating minima (ceiling) from 1,500 feet to 300 feet.

Brazil's air-navigation service provider DECEA designed the RNP procedures, with technical support and assistance from GE. Brazil’s aviation regulator ANAC validated and approved the procedures, while at the same time approving GOL’s RNP operations. The first Brazilian airline to receive this approval, GOL expects to begin flying the procedures with its fleet of Boeing 737s in the coming months.

Jennifer Villarreal
Media Relations


ICTS Europe Systems: Managing Security Lines at Bristol Airport

As greater numbers of passengers move through airport terminals each day, long line-ups become one of the main aggravations for passengers and staff alike. The issue is further exacerbated by increasingly stringent security procedures. The ability to measure and manage line-ups at each stage of the passenger journey is of paramount importance to achieving efficient airport operations.

In 2010, Bristol Airport and ICTS Europe Systems launched a project to monitor and reduce waiting times through the Restricted Zone and to enhance the passenger experience. Working closely with Bristol Airport this past year, ICTS Europe Systems successfully implemented SmartQ software, first with self-service kiosks and then with automated gates.

The results have far exceeded expectations. Between July 2011 and July 2012, waiting times were reduced by 75%, from 16 minutes to 3, with a processing time of under 3 seconds per passenger.

At its core, SmartQ enables travelers to scan IATA-standard boarding cards, then routes and synchronizes them into appropriate lanes. It can provide the airport with an auditable, real-time record of the moment a passenger’s boarding card was scanned. The system also gives accurate measurements of passenger line-up times and other key performance indicators, contributing to the precise and efficient control of terminal operations, including management of resources, optimal tactical deployment, and strategic planning of terminal processes and layout.

Ahead of any other airport, Bristol possesses the ability to use the industry’s Checkpoint of the Future ethos, differentiating between “known,” “normal,” and “enhanced security” travelers.

Danny Stern
Managing Director


Indra: In Partnership with ATPCO

Today’s marketplace is so inundated with revenue-accounting data that it can be difficult to ensure that the best data is being received and collected.

Indra and ATPCO jointly recognized the challenges facing airline customers. Indra is a top IT company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe and Latin America. ATPCO is a world leader in the collection and distribution of fare and fare-related data for the airline and travel industry. The two companies formed a marketing partnership to help the industry surpass these data difficulties.

The ARACS FX suite is Indra’s revenue-accounting solution. Specially designed to address airline requirements with accuracy, and fully compatible with ATPCO’s revenue-accounting solutions, it requires no additional effort on the airline’s part.

Through this partnership, Indra employs ATPCO’s industry-standard data subscriptions to power its revenue-accounting systems. Indra’s customers, in turn, gain the benefits that come from standardized and consistent data—revenue protection, decreased operating costs, more accurate revenue-accounting tax audit and tax payments, and faster fare verification and revenue analysis. Indra and ATPCO joint calls may be arranged with a customer when necessary, depending on the level of interest and the customer’s specific implementation plans.

Indra has worked with ATPCO for some time now, and we recognize the benefits that using ATPCO’s industry data in our revenue-accounting solutions brings to our organization, ATPCO, and the revenue-accounting community. We will continue to work together to ensure the data meets the industry’s billing and other needs.

Martín Khatib
Head of Airline Sales and Marketing


ISO Software Systeme GmbH: Taxes—A Challenge in Every Respect

Taxes are a major factor of the airline industry, yet many wish they did not exist. However, without the services funded by taxation, the airline industry would not function.

Taxes have two main facets: meaning and management.

Covering the pros and cons of the meaning behind taxation is beyond the scope of this article. More concrete and easier to address are the stages of taxation and how to manage them appropriately.

Taxes become relevant in at least two stages of the ticket life cycle. At both stages, managing taxes without a powerful tax engine can be a real challenge.

First, at the time of sale, customers expect that the total price of a ticket will include taxes and that the airline’s calculations will be correct. The tax total has to be presented to the customer immediately, yet several parameters have to be taken into consideration, depending on the passenger’s journey (routing, point of sale, booking and transport class, etc.). These calculations require a sophisticated, synchronous software solution, whether the booking engine runs on a web portal or a terminal.

Second, at the end of the ticket life cycle, once a ticket has been flown, taxes come into play once again.

With 25 years of experience in aviation billing, ISO Software Systeme is familiar with taxation-related challenges and has successfully developed solutions in an SIS-compliant environment. More than 30 clients worldwide already rely on ISO’s aeronautical billing solutions.

Susanne Reiser
Product Manager, SKYfly


J & D Oilfield International, SA: Mobility Helps Aviation Services Company Become More Competitive

J & D Oilfield International is a Venezuelan company offering services to customers and pilots in Latin America, the US, and the Caribbean.

For years, J & D Oilfield used a paper-driven system to keep track of services and operations on the airfield. Operators would manually fill in logs and documentation with information about their destination, company name, aircraft serial number, and the aviation services provided to each aircraft. Accidental errors often occurred, such as discrepancies between the services provided and the amount recorded in the logs. It then took several weeks to process payment.

J & D Oilfield decided to use technology to offer its clients something extra to inspire customer loyalty and aid in business-expansion planning. The company turned to their partner to help create a custom application that would facilitate mobile data entry while services were being provided. An application called J & D Mobile was created for BlackBerry smartphones and supplied to the pilots.

Pilots launch the application and input service details into the BlackBerry smartphone while sitting in their planes on the tarmac. The information is then sent over the air to J & D Oilfield International’s back-end ERP system, SAP® Business One®. Credit status is checked and approved, service logs are updated, and an invoice and customer statement are issued.

At the same time, service-related information collected from the BlackBerry smartphones is stored in the company’s SAP system. This data is used to generate reports that give an overview of the efficiency of the service. Reports are also created to check how well business-performance indicators and financial forecasts established by J & D Oilfield are being met.

Elisa Socorro
Director of Strategic Affairs


Lufthansa Systems: ID Ticketing Made Easy

Researching and booking Industry Discount (ID) flights for airline employees and issuing the tickets can be labor-intensive and time-consuming. In order to make the entire process more efficient, Lufthansa Systems has developed myIDTravel. This innovative solution ensures that airlines comply with the industry mandate of 100% e-ticketing even for staff travel, which came into effect earlier this year.

As of 1 April 2012, ID tickets need to be issued electronically, similar to the process implemented four years ago for revenue tickets. The reason for this time lag is the complexity of the booking process. Fares are based on internal rules as well as bilateral and multilateral agreements among the airlines. In each case, a booking request needs to be checked not only against seat availability but also against the sometimes sophisticated rules of these agreements.

This complexity adds up to a fair amount of work and costs. A major airline issues tens of thousands of tickets for staff travel each year.

With the comprehensive, user-friendly solution developed by Lufthansa Systems, staff can obtain their tickets via a single web interface. Even listings can be done online. The add-on module myIDListing retrieves the ticket from the system of the ticketing airline, validates it against the ID agreements, checks whether any embargos apply for the requested flight, and adds the traveler to the passenger list. The listing is done directly through the reservation system of the transporting carrier.

As tickets purchased via myIDTravel are issued directly and paid on the transporting carrier’s reservation system, the need for interline settlement through the IATA Clearing House and the accounting costs associated with the settlement processes are fully eliminated. Cost savings and a competitive pricing concept lead to an immediate return on investment.

More than 140 customers have chosen myIDTravel, and the community keeps growing.

Sandra Hammer
VP Corporate Communications


NIIT Technologies: Serving the Airline Industry through Business Intelligence

Airlines the world over are facing complex challenges resulting from volatile economic conditions, unstable fuel prices, fierce pricing competition, lower load factors on most of their routes, and a diversified, impatient consumer base.

These organizations can reap massive benefits from the latest trends in business intelligence (BI), such as predictive analysis, semantic analysis, big data analytics, mobile BI, real-time BI, and voice-based search. NIIT Technologies has gained extensive experience in these areas by conducting in-depth research and serving various major airlines.

For instance, the organization has enabled one of Europe’s biggest airlines to create a single access point for analyzing data pertaining to the commercial as well as customer domains, including origin and destination (O&D) analysis, flight analysis, bookings, customer insight, and cargo.

It has also developed an analytical system for auditing information from the computer reservation system (CRS), which matches what is coming in against the company’s monthly invoices to find any discrepancies. A marketing-campaign tracking system is yet another BI solution that NIIT Tech has created for one of its clients.

In addition, the company has launched products to assist airlines in making more informed decisions. NIIT Tech’s Route Profitability Analyser (RPA) mines data coming through revenue, cost, and operational resources. Its “what if” feature enables a user to analyze the impact of a fuel price hike on profitability, for example. The system also offers an interactive dashboard.

It is imperative for airlines to create new and innovative ways of maximizing revenues, reducing costs, optimizing resources, and enhancing profitability. The single, most effective answer to these and other issues is business intelligence.

Anil Batra
Senior Vice-president and Practice Head, Travel Transportation and Logistics


Simplifying the Business: The Launch of a New Initiative

During the most recent edition of IATA’s Annual General Meeting, Director General and CEO Tony Tyler announced that the foundation standard for a new distribution capability (NDC) will be proposed to the Joint IATA–Airlines for America Passenger Services Conference taking place at the World Passenger Symposium next October in Abu Dhabi.

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Beyond setting the standards, IATA, in collaboration with the entire value chain, will support the implementation through a roadmap and an industry business case. IATA will also provide the infrastructure, in terms of data models and messaging format, enabling the adoption of the standards in the industry.

The NDC will address the airline requirements for innovation in global distribution. This includes greater product differentiation than is currently available through global distribution systems (GDSs), which facilitate ticket sales through travel agents.

Airlines distribute their products either through travel agents (about 60% of tickets are sold this way) or via their own websites, reservation centers, and sales offices. Travel agents rely on GDSs to compare airline offers and book tickets focusing on the lowest fare rather than on the attributes of the product sold. Airlines, on the other hand, have developed their own websites, which incorporate ancillary services. The fare unbundling contributes to product differentiation and empowers customers to choose and purchase the services they desire.

However, airlines do not have an industry solution that enables them to offer the same options for these products via travel agents using GDSs.

Launching the NDC as a new Simplifying the Business (StB) project was a priority set by the IATA Board of Governors in December 2011. The foundation standard will define the vision and framework for the development of a complete set of NDC standards in the years to come.

To learn more about the program, visit Simplifying the Business.

IATA Conferences and Events

IATA conferences, exhibitions, and industry meetings provide outstanding networking opportunities in addition to an association with the IATA brand, a world-class global endorsement. These events cover areas as diverse as pricing, ground handling, legal issues, fuel, and security, among others, which benefit airlines, airports, travel and cargo professionals, as well as service providers and governments.

Featured Events

Integrated Settlement Week
10–14 September 2012 — Bangkok, Thailand

Since the 45th Revenue Accounting Meeting and the 6th ICH User Group, the interline-settlement world has witnessed the successful introduction of Simplified Interline Settlement (SIS). This year, 2012, will see the first SIS General Meeting. As we move into e-billing and settlement, we will bring the Revenue Accounting Meeting, the ICH User Group Meeting, and the SIS General Meeting under the umbrella of an Integrated Settlement Week (IS Week).

Crisis Communications Conference
11–12 September 2012 — Bangkok, Thailand

Communicating during a crisis is a critical component of an organization’s crisis response plan. It takes place in a complex environment where many parties are involved. The widespread use of social media makes the work of communicators all the more challenging. And the end result has a reputational impact on the entire industry.

IATA/ALTA Aeropolitical Forum
12 September 2012 — Miami, USA

The purpose of the joint IATA/ALTA Forum is to update and promote discussion among member airlines and civil aviation authorities on the latest aeropolitical and international aviation law developments today. The Forum will precede Aviation Law Americas, ALTA’s Aeropolitical Conference for Legal issues facing the aviation industry.

Cargo and Mail Supply Chain Security Forum 2012
9–10 October 2012 — Geneva, Switzerland

Industry stakeholders will gain a better understanding of existing and upcoming legislation, standards, and recommendations and learn about the latest solutions and available tools that have been developed in collaboration with regulators, international organizations, and industry groups.

World Passenger Symposium 2012
16–18 October 2012 — Abu Dhabi, UAE

The IATA World Passenger Symposium (WPS) is the only event that brings the entire passenger value chain together—from airlines to government representatives—to look at common solutions to industry challenges, such as seizing the opportunity represented by ancillary revenues; understanding new distribution models; and defining a new airport experience that empowers the passenger through self-managed travel. These challenges affect every part of the value chain.

8th Maintenance Cost Conference (MCC)
17–19 October 2012 — Atlanta, USA

The annual Maintenance Cost Conference offers a unique opportunity for airlines, OEMs, and MROs to present the latest trends on aircraft maintenance and share best practices on maintenance cost management. This year’s main themes will be component maintenance and fuel burn vs. maintenance costs.

30 October–1 November 2012 — New York, USA

AVSEC World gathers global leaders and senior decision makers from industry and government to discuss the challenges facing the aviation-security community and to find solutions for keeping one step ahead in the ever-changing global environment. This year’s AVSEC World will focus on striking the right balance between risk and regulation to meet these challenges.

Lithium Battery Workshop
6–7 November 2012 — Houston, USA

The 2nd IATA Lithium Battery Workshop will look at the changes to the air transport regulations that become effective 1 January 2013, as well as the new and revised requirements for testing of lithium cells and batteries contained in Amendment 1 to the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria.

Aviation Fuel Forum
6–8 November 2012 — Bangkok, Thailand

The IATA Aviation Fuel Forum is the premier industry meeting for the world’s aviation fuel community. The Forum is a unique platform allowing airline representatives, fuel suppliers, and IATA Strategic Partners to discuss the industry’s priorities and agree on actions to enhance efficiency and productivity.

IATA Treasury Conference 2012
7–9 November 2012 — Barcelona, Spain

The IATA Airline Treasury Conference is a unique event for airline treasury delegates from around the world. The IATA Currency Clearance Service (ICCS) and IATA Currency Coordination annual meetings are combined with a conference setting addressing key airline industry and treasury hot topics of interest to airline delegates working in the areas of treasury, banking, and finance.

131st Slot Conference
15–18 November 2012 — Toronto, Canada
The Slot Conference (SC) is a “working conference.” With nearly 1,000 delegates from over 200 airlines and representatives of over 60 schedules-facilitated or fully coordinated airports, this semi-annual meeting is IATA’s largest event. The goal of the conference is for airlines and airports to obtain the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers.


Watch for upcoming events!

World Cargo Symposium 2013
12–14 March 2013
Doha, Qatar

Visit IATA Events regularly for an updated list of all upcoming events.

Michael Huntington

Manager, IATA Conferences and Events

Tel: +1 450 715 1313

New Strategic Partners

Since 1990, IATA Strategic Partners have been contributing to IATA and the air transport industry through their involvement in the Strategic Partnerships program.

We are happy to introduce the following new Strategic Partners.

Access the company websites directly by clicking on their logos.

CargoFlash Infotech Pvt. Ltd.   Chemoil Aviation   Currier & Company, Inc.
CargoFlash Infotech Pvt. Ltd.   Chemoil Aviation   Currier & Company, Inc.
Distributeurs Nationaux S.A. (DINASA)   Driessen Air Cargo Equipment B.V. (Zodiac Aerospace)   Logica
Distributeurs Nationaux S.A. (DINASA)   Driessen Air Cargo Equipment B.V. (Zodiac Aerospace)   Logica
SGI Aviation   Spectrum Aviation Services   Telair International GmbH
SGI Aviation   Spectrum Aviation Services   Telair International GmbH
TZK Sheremetyevo
TZK Sheremetyevo

For a complete list of Strategic Partners, and to learn more about what they offer, please visit our online directory.

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