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Challenges for airlines

Tyler_0091Tony Tyler, now the head of International Air Transport Association (IATA), has previously addressed the Club when he was CEO of Cathay Tyler_0096Pacific (2007-11) and is a long-standing member of the Club.

Tyler, who spoke at a Club lunch in March, gave an overview of that state of global air transport, and addressed its most topical issues such as aviation safety and sustainability, the impact of falling oil prices plus the importance of critical infrastructure to maximise the airline industry’s social and economic benefits. He said in Asia in particular, the industry faced many issues ahead after a string of civilian airline disasters – five crashes in the past 12 months.

Tyler_0103Tyler is the director-general and CEO of the IATA which he joined July 2011. He joined Cathay Pacific in 1978, rising to CEO from 2007 to 2011. During that time he served on the IATA board, including as its chairman from June 2009 to June 2010.

Jonathan Sharp, in the May/June issue of The Correspondent, will discuss Tyler’s speech in the context of falling fuel prices.


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