The craven attack on Atatürk Airport on Tuesday night has shaken the world and raised fresh questions on how best to address terrorists persistent victimisation of the air travelling public and aviation staff.
Airbus Foundation, Airlink, IFRC Appeal to Airlines for Help During Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since WW2
At IATA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) the Airbus Foundation, together with its long-standing partners the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and emergency flight coordinators, Airlink, urged airlines to join them providing critical relief to the suffering around the world during what the IFRC describes as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War 2.
During 2015 alone, the IFRC reported handling 33 major emergency operations, 122 small to medium emergency operations, and 450 emergency ‘events.’
Airline profits have improved, but only about enough to buy making enough to buy a round or two of espressos. That was one of the… Read More »Airlines Are Making More Bucks, But Only Half Starbucks
Speaking at the ATAG (Air Transport Action Group) Global Sustainable Aviation Forum in Montreal, IATA’s Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler, addressed the tricky question of whether it is fair to impose a single global standard on smaller aviation markets as the industry works towards a reduced carbon footprint.
At the first Plenary Session of the IATA Ops Conference in Copenhagen, Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, urged better communication among aviation stakeholders. Tyler… Read More »Tyler Kicks Off IATA Ops, Copenhagen with Emphasis on Communications
IATA has released a new study projecting that Europe could gain 1 million jobs and get €245 billion boost in prosperity by 2035 from airspace modernization.
Today, the air travel sector supports 11.7 million European jobs and $860 billion of European GDP, IATA states. But IATA describes the sector as “inefficient.”
Because of systematic inefficiencies, the airline association says, flight distance is nearly 50 kilometers longer than it needs to be and flights run with an average delay of 10 minutes.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the Thai government to address critical issues of safety, capacity and costs. “Aviation is critical to Thailand’s… Read More »Thailand Must “Address Critical Safety” and “Shore-Up Competitiveness”, IATA Warns
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has condemned a sudden increase in the Italian Council Tax levied on air passengers, warning that it “will damage Italian economic competitiveness”, and result in 2,300 lost jobs a year.
Italian authorities, IATA states, announced a 33-38% increase in its Council Tax, effective immediately in January, “without any advance warning or consultation.”
The airline association says the tax will have a cost impact of an extra EUR 2.50 for every passenger on existing taxes. Passengers will, thus, pay EUR 10 in tax each time they fly from airports near Rome, and EUR 9.00 for flights from other Italian airports. “None of the revenue raised from the tax is re-invested in aviation, instead it is diverted for general purposes,” IATA states.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its theme for the upcoming 2015 World Passenger Symposium (WPS) in Hamburg will be “Innovating Better, Together,” reflecting the importance of collaboration between all sectors of the aviation industry to improve the passenger experience.
I spent a bit of time this month writing about IATA’s proposed ‘Cabin OK’ program: introducing it, clearing up misconceptions, and, finally, reporting on its demise, er, “pause.”
This is the second of two posts today, which review the Cabin OK aftermath. I promise to let the matter drop after that.
I must say I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a general uproar brought about by a single proposal by IATA, or airlines in general.
Now that the hullabaloo has all but subsided, I’d like to highlight the positive side of all of this–power to the people–and some opportunities to get really riled up, which we should not let pass us by.
I spent a bit of time this month writing about IATA’s proposed ‘Cabin OK’ program: introducing it, clearing up misconceptions, and, finally, reporting on its demise, er, “pause.” This is one of two posts today, which review the Cabin OK aftermath. I promise to let the matter drop after that.
In truth, IATA proposing that we carry a bit less with us when we travel, especially in the main cabin, was not a terrible idea. Obviously, any further baggage restrictions were bound to get people upset–but it wasn’t mandatory. In practical terms, we shouldn’t travel with too much baggage and we probably do.
Following rapidly developing changes to policies on Rule of Two in the cockpit and the progress of the investigation into the deliberate crashing of Germanwings 4U9525 by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, IATA has issued a formal statement expressing its sorrow over the tragedy and making clear its position on open questions of policy and the progress of the investigation.
In the 56th edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations, to take effect on 1 January 2015, IATA has made changes which reflect the updated 18th edition… Read More »IATA Updates Lithium Battery Transport Guidelines
IATA has released its October Premium and Economy travel assessment which reveals growth for both classes of service is about even for the year. Though… Read More »Improvements and Cautions as IATA Releases Premium and Economy Travel Assessment for October
As IATA Publishes Lithium Battery Risk Mitigation Guidance for Airlines, We Share Authorities’ Guidance for Passengers
“It is estimated that each year, upwards of one billion lithium batteries are transported by air as mail, cargo or in passenger/crew baggage. This constitutes a safety hazard that must be managed in a clear and comprehensive manner.”
Airlines compete with each other for cargo business, just as they do for passenger seat sales, and Finnair is stepping up its game by pursuing certification to carry profitable Pharmaceutical cargo.
“This was a terrible crime. But flying remains safe. And everyone involved in global air transport is fully dedicated to making it even safer.”–Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of IATA, speaking out on the MH17 atrocity.
Progress announced for Blue-Box Aircraft Tracking System: Certification of L-3 Recorders on Airbus A320 FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (FLYHT) has announced that its partner L-3 Aviation… Read More »FLYHT Announces L-3 AFIRS 228S Aviation Recorders Obtain Airbus A320 Certification
If you’ve never seen an aircraft slide except in pictures, it’s a good thing. They’re tucked away inside that bump on the door of the… Read More »The Causes and High Costs of Unintended Emergency Slide Deployments
It’s the eternal question on the minds of techie travellers: are there really any risks to aircraft from the use of Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs)… Read More »FAA Details The Risks Airlines Must Asses to Approve Use of Personal Electronic Devices
In his State of the Industry address to the IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO said, when referring… Read More »Making Sure Airplanes Don’t Disappear is Not Science Fiction, IATA’s Tony Tyler Says
Even as we celebrate the extended use of our Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) onboard, the risk of fire that the batteries which power those PEDs… Read More »IATA Addresses the Risks of Lithium-Ion Batteries to Aviation
One of the prevailing themes at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo in Barcelona was the future of automated terminal processes through high-grade hardware and advanced software… Read More »Big Brother will travel with you and you will pay his ticket
A disruptive passenger is defined as “a passenger who fails to respect the rules of conduct at an airport or on board an aircraft or… Read More »The Unruly Passenger Crisis: In the Cabin, Cool Heads Must Prevail
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