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Operations

Ground Operations - IGHC

The 25th anniversary of the IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) gathered nearly 800 delegates in Prague, Czech Republic from 7 to 9 May to debate ground operations issues and the future of ground operations. At the meeting priorities for improving safety and reducing aircraft damage in ground operations were set.

These are:

  • Establishment of a Ground Handling Council (GHC)
  • Data-driven analysis
  • Regulatory engagement
  • Implementation of IGOM

For more information, please see the press release.

New IATA standard airframe maintenance agreement

Airframe service checks are substantial cost drivers in the maintenance of aircraft. The contracts to facilitate airframe maintenance services are complex and contain a lot of paperwork. IATA, responding to feedback from airlines, is developing a Standard Airframe Maintenance Agreement (AMA) to remove paperwork and save time for negotiating the typical general conditions.

The document sets out standardized wording on technical and legal matters and clearly identifies commercial areas for commercial decision-making. The objective is to streamline the negotiation process on legal aspects, thus reducing transaction costs for both sides. Standard AMA will be a public document - any transaction parties may utilize it if, and when, they deem fit and with whatever amendments they deem appropriate.

Open for comments

IATA invites interested industry stakeholders and experts to participate in the shaping of the new IATA Standard AMA, similar to the Standard Ground Handling Agreement and Standard Master Short Term Lease Agreement, which have gained popularity across the aviation industry today.

 

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