Eddington Takes Charge Of The AEA

British Airways chief executive, Rod Eddington (pictured) has found time in his busy schedule to take over as chairman of the

Mr Eddington, a member of the AEA Presidents Committee, takes over the annual presidency from KLM`s Leo van Wijk, who led the AEA in 2002, who was preceded by Jean-Cyril Spinetta of Air France in 2001.

Mr Eddington says he has three goals for the organisation in 2003. The first is to prepare the AEA for possible conflict in the Middle East. Mr Eddington said: “Our commercial problems in the aftermath of 11 September 2001 were compounded by a host of political complications. Now, on the brink of another possible conflict, we have to be fully prepared for the consequences”.

His second goal is to create policy for a sustainable air transport industry through negotiations with airline regulators. The final goal is to continue to promote the Common Transatlantic Aviation Area (CTAA), which would give European and US airlines the equal opportunity to compete with each other with minimum regulation.

The AEA is a non-profit organisation which represents the interests of its member airlines to organisations such as the European Union and the European Civil Aviation Conference.