Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of an advanced aviation training program in partnership with the École nationale de l’aviation civile (ÉNAC) in Toulouse, France. This is the first time that IATA has partnered with a university to offer an airline operations degree.

Through the IATA Training and Development Institute (ITDI) experts from across several key areas of the business will be teaching courses such as Aviation Fuel Management, Airline Business Foundations, Safety Management Systems for Airlines, Crisis Management, and much more. ÉNAC will bring every aspect of their rich history and prestigious reputation in the field of aviation education to the partnership.

“Creating innovative partnerships for the mutual benefit of our stakeholders is very important to IATA,” said Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and CEO. “By joining our expertise with that of ENAC we will help to build the pool of qualified and competent aviation professionals needed to operate, manage and grow the international air transport system to meet future demand.”

”This educational partnership will help to develop the next generation of senior airline operations professionals. We welcome the opportunity to join forces with the experienced and broad capabilities of IATA said ÉNAC President Marc Houalla.

The Advanced Master Degree in Airline Operations combines operational expertise and comprehensive academic rigor. Working aviation professionals from around the world are encouraged to find out about the qualifying criteria in their region. Offered as of September 2015, the program focuses on a number of key areas including:

  • Human Factors in Aviation
  • IT Tools for Airlines
  • Safety Management Systems for Airlines
  • Emergency Response Planning and Crisis Management
  • Airlines Flight Operations and Optimization Aircraft Maintenance
  • Airlines Training (Crew and MRO)

For more information on the IATA - ENAC Advanced Master in Airline Operations, please email or contact :
Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2967

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  1. IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 250 airlines comprising 84% of global air traffic.
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  4. ÉNAC is internationally recognized as the leading aeronautical university in Europe, providing a broad range of aeronautical and civil aviation training and research. A wholly-owned university under the Direction Générale de l'aviation civile (DGAC), ÉNAC provides a complete range of 28 higher education programs from Bachelor up to Ph.D. degrees, including Master of Science, Technical Specialized Master and Master of Business Administration.
  5. Photos of signing ceremony showing IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler and ENAC president Marc Houalla.