IATA’s AGM in Doha, Qatar, saw the trade body call for airlines, governments, and industry stakeholders to develop a “global mindset”.
“The key to unlocking aviation’s future potential is a global mindset supported by strong partnerships. Aviation connects people and business to make “global” possible. Securing aviation’s future begins with some immediate challenges. Airlines must be profitable, safe and secure businesses. We need to provide efficient, customer-focused services. And sustainability must be integral to everything that we do,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO in a state of the industry address.
Amongst a host of announcements, IATA said revealed three new pilot programs to test the New Distribution Capability (NDC) schemas. Pilot participants include Aeroflot, Aer Lingus, Qatar Airways, and JR Technologies (JRT).
The AGM also unanimously adopted a resolution that calls on governments and industry to work together on a balanced package of measures to effectively deter and manage the significant problem of unruly air passenger behavior. Such behavior includes committing physical assault, disturbing good order on board or failing to follow lawful crew instructions.
IATA also confirmed that the Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) expects to be in a position to deliver draft options for enhanced global aircraft tracking to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in September, leading to presentation to the industry before year-end.
This is designed to fast track approach to an issue highlighted by the disappearance of MH370, with worries that ICAO will take years to reach agreement.