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27 February 2024

From Amsterdam to Rome, a spotlight on sustainable European aviation

KLM hosted another successful edition of Wings of Change Europe, the region’s flagship aero political event, attracting industry leaders, Government officials, regulators, strategic partners, and more for constructive debates as well as agreements, signings, and the advancement of critical industry initiatives.

WoCE23 plenary

WoCE23 key figures:

  • 340 delegates from 36 countries
  • 59%-41% male-female speaker ratio
  • 93% satisfaction rate.

While the Netherlands’ Government’s announced its decision to cut flights at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport was suspended, the day and a half event tackled some of European aviation’s most prominent current issues, divided into a five-block agenda:

1.       State of the Industry

2.       Environmental Sustainability

3.       Accessibility and Consumer Rights

4.       Infrastructure & Capacity

5.       The Future of Aviation (including Diversity)


Key highlights from the debates and discussions include:

·         the necessary conditions to ensure a level playing field for European airlines:

 WoCE23 Europe role in global aviation session


·        releasing an economic industry outlook emphasizing that European airfares are rising slower than inflation:

WoCE23 European air fares rising slower than inflation graph


·         presenting a holistic view of aviation’s carbon footprint:

WoCE23 focus on recent research results


·         the fairytale of aviation taxes:

WoCE23 Marjan Rintel KLM CEO


·         what is required to rebuild European aviation in the face of headwinds:  

 WoCE23  C-Suite reflection session


·         the launch of a new diversity survey to give the industry fresh impetus:

WoCE23 DEI session


In addition to the on-stage content, various industry meetings were organized, ceremonies such as the Safety Leadership Charter, officially welcoming new IATA members, but also a joint KLM and IATA press conference.

WoCE23 Safety Leadership Charter

The 8 signatories of the Safety Charter: airBaltic, Pegasus Airlines, Challenge Airlines, Somon Air, Luxair, SATA, Poste Italiane, KLM


WoCE23 Avion Express membership ceremony

Avion Express and Avion Express Malta membership ceremony


WoCE23 Press Conference

Press Conference with Marjan Rintel, KLM CEO, and Willie Walsh, IATA DG, moderated by Chris Goater, Head, Corporate Communications, IATA


At the end of the first day, delegates were also able to partake in an emissions-free canal cruise and networking dinner at the Maritime Museum, hosted by KLM:

WoCE23 Networking Gala Dinner


Thoughts now turn to the next edition of Wings of Change Europe. And at the close of WOCE 2023 we were delighted to hear Giorgio Garbeglio, ITA Airways’ Head of International, EU and Industry Affairs, announce on behalf of ITA that they look forward to welcoming us to Rome, on November 19-20. Mark your diaries!

WoCE23 next edition announcement


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our host airline KLM, all our sponsors, and our Master of Ceremony, Jane Hoskisson, all of whom made this event a great success.


Useful WoCE23 Links:

·         WoCE23 Agenda

·         WoCE23 Videos

·         WoCE23 Pictures


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