The 1st order of business at IATA's 71st Annual General Meeting was the election of American Airlines Chairman & CEO Doug Parker as President of the AGM. The Miami meeting is being hosted by American Airlines, FedEx, UPS and Airlines for America (A4A). More than 1,000 industry leaders and media are in attendance.
As IATA Director General Tony Tyler said, there is some historical significance to meeting in MIA. “This meeting is also a special one for commercial aviation: it was 70 years ago, in 1945, that 57 airlines joined together in Havana, Cuba to found IATA," Tyler said. “The mission then and now was to represent, lead and serve the global airline industry by promoting safe, efficient and sustainable global connectivity."
Tyler said the U.S. venue and Parker's election as President of the AGM are both appropriate given the current aviation environment. “U.S. airlines are leading the industry in terms of profitability. The U.S. is our industry's most impressive turnaround story; airlines here are investing more than $1 billion per month in their product and adding service to meet rising demand for connectivity," Tyler said.
“American Airlines is proud to be one of IATA's founding members. On behalf of our more than 100,000 employees around the world, we are pleased to be hosting the 71st AGM in Miami, a key gateway hub for American. I look forward to taking part in the important discussions that we'll have today and tomorrow," said Parker.