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Message by Tony Tyler, Director General & CEO

With the 70th Annual General Meeting (1-3 June) approaching, I look forward to greeting you in Doha as we celebrate 100 years of commercial aviation. It is particularly gratifying that our industry is expected to be profitable in our centennial year, which is certainly not something we take for granted.

No doubt among the many topics discussed in Doha will be the loss of MH370. Our thoughts are with our colleagues at Malaysia Airlines and all whose lives have been affected by this tragedy. This once in a century event has shown that we need to know where to look should something unfortunate happen. To ensure an aircraft never again can disappear in this way, we are creating a task force to establish an industry position on how to improve aircraft tracking.

Compared to a year ago, we approach the AGM with much more confidence about achieving our target of carbon neutral growth from 2020, following the historic agreement at the ICAO Assembly last autumn. The recent decision by the European Parliament to put the international application of the EU ETS on hold until after the ICAO Assembly in 2016 should help governments focus on the important task of agreeing a framework for market-based measures.

In more good news, our efforts to reduce the number of unruly passenger incidents bore fruit as an ICAO Diplomatic Conference agreed on revisions to the Tokyo Convention of 1963 governing such events. The changes will make it easier to prosecute those whose disruptive behavior may threaten the comfort and safety of those around them. Now governments must be persuaded to ratify what they have agreed.

Thank you for your support and I hope to see you in Doha.


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