Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Training and Development Institute (ITDI) announced its 2012 worldwide best performing training partners as part of its training partner recognition program.

    Some 400 IATA training partners were evaluated on the number of students trained and on the quality of training delivered as determined by the student examination pass rate. The excellence of these training centers significantly contributes to the development of human capital in the air transport industry by reaching out to the next generation of aviation professionals worldwide.

    In addition to the Premier Circle program launched in 2011 that recognizes excellence among IATA’s authorized training centers, ITDI expanded its recognition programs in 2012 by honoring its strongest partners in dangerous goods training, as well as its top regional partner – the recipient in this category being Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS), South Africa.

    2012 Premier Circle (Worldwide Top 10) Authorized Training Centers 2012 Worldwide Top 10 Dangerous Goods Accredited Training Schools
    Japan Aircargo Forwarders Association (JAFA), Japan DGM
    IITC-India International Trade Centre, India Aero Training Center - CAMAS Formation, France
    Speedwings Academy for Aviation Services, India Airport College, France
    Kuoni Academy, India IFMA - Institut de Formation aux Métiers de l'Aérien, France
    Akbar Academy of Airline Studies, India The Japan Air Cargo Institute for Safety (JACIS), Japan
    AFT-IFTIM Formation Continue TFTL, France Air Consult S.A.R.L., France
    Air Travel & Related Studies Centre, Kenya Flightcare Belgium N.V., Belgium
    Air Cargo Training Center of Japan, Japan Bureau de Vérifications Techniques, France
    Qatar Aeronautical College, Qatar ALYZIA Training, France
    Trade Wings Institute of Management, India Cargo School srl, Italy

    The awards were presented by Dr. Guido Gianasso, Vice President, Human Capital, and Ismail Albaidhani, Head of Global Partnerships & Learning Innovation, at ceremonies held during IATA Training Partner Congresses.

    “IATA congratulates all the winners on their achievements and we thank them for their contribution in developing the leadership skills that our members and industry partners require to successfully address the challenges facing the air transport industry,” said Gianasso.

    ITDI also continued to award the top performing students in 2012 through its Best Student Performer Award Program which was launched in 2011 and recognizes outstanding individual results of the next generation of aviation professionals. These students will enjoy preferred status within a new job placement program that will showcase talented individuals for career opportunities with IATA member airlines, accredited travel agencies, cargo agencies and other industry stakeholders.

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    Notes for Editors:
    • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 240 airlines comprising 84% of global air traffic.
    • IATA Training and Development Institute (ITDI) is committed to developing human capital for tomorrow’s air transport industry, offering a wide range of training programs spanning all aviation industry sectors in collaboration with training partners and prestigious academic institutions worldwide. More information on
    • IATA Authorized Training Centers are independent training facilities that are authorized to teach IATA training programs.
    • IATA Accredited Training Schools are independent organizations authorized by IATA to deliver training programs in the field of Dangerous Goods Regulations.
    • Regional Training Partners are independent organizations working with IATA to host its training programs.
    • In addition to the top 10 best performing partners worldwide, IATA Training & Development Institute (ITDI) also recognized its strongest partners on a regional level. (view the best regional performers here: Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia).
    • The awards were delivered at the following ceremonies:
      • IATA Training Partners Congress – Asia (15-16 March, Singapore)
      • IATA Training Partner Congress - Europe & Africa in collaboration with Turkish Airlines Aviation Academy, an IATA member airline and training partner (15-16 May, Istanbul, Turkey)
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