IATA AGM 2014 - Doha

IATA AGM 2014 - Doha

Breaking Travel News brings you the latest interviews as delegates arrive for the 70th International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting. The event is being hosted by the Ritz-Carlton, Doha.

Videos

IATA AGM - serious debates and a gala night with Kylie Minoque

IATA AGM - serious debates and a gala night with Kylie Minoque

10th Jun 2014

The 70th IATA AGM in Doha, Qatar saw Akbar al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways being elected president for the conference, following the opening ceremony with the Emir of Qatar in attendence.  Phil Blizzard provides this round-up of they key issues affecting the aviation industry and debated at the AGM. He closes the report on a lighter note with the Qatar Airways gala dinner featuring Australian singing star Kylie Minogue.

IATA AGM key messages from Doha

IATA AGM key messages from Doha

10th Jun 2014

Key messages and areas of debate at the 70th IATA AGM ranged from unruly passengers to the economic outlook for the airline industry. In this overview of the conference Phil Blizzard talks to Tony Tyler, DG & CEO IATA, Akbar al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways and other aviation experts on topics including enhanced tracking of aircraft to the relaxation of regulations and taxes - aimed at governments across the world.

IATA AGM supported by aviation industry

IATA AGM supported by aviation industry

10th Jun 2014

Airframe manufacturers Boeing and Airbus were the Gold Sponsors of the 70th IATA AGM in Doha. In this report Phil Blizzard talks to many of the support sponsors, including Travelsky, Airpas Aviation and MTU Aero Engines about the services they offer the aviation industry, which range from engine maintenance to software applications.

IATA - Aircraft tracking developments

IATA - Aircraft tracking developments

9th Jun 2014

One of the key areas of concern at the 70th edition of IATA’s AGM was the tracking of aircraft and in this report Phil Blizzard looks at the measure being taken to implement a ‘global’ solution. Kevin Hiatt, senior vice president, safety and flight operations, IATA, provides an update on the action being taken.

IATA Economic Outlook for the global airline industry

IATA Economic Outlook for the global airline industry

8th Jun 2014

Phil Blizzard looks at the economic outlook for the global airline industry in this report with Brian Pearce, chief economist at IATA. They discuss key factors such as the low return on investments, the weakness of cargo and the impact of the on-going high price of aviation fuel.

Akbar Al Baker, chief executive, Qatar Airways

Akbar Al Baker, chief executive, Qatar Airways

5th Jun 2014

Speaking at the end of the 70th IATA AGM in Doha, Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker highlights the importance of hosting such events for the destination. He also discusses his concerns with the composition of SITA and urges reform.

Michael Burke, assistant director, Hong Kong Airlines

Michael Burke, assistant director, Hong Kong Airlines

5th Jun 2014

With the airline now focusing on its full service offering, Michael Burke, assistant director, Hong Kong Airlines, here talks to Phil Blizzard at the IATA AGM 2014. He also discusses the importance of the growing Chinese business travel market.

Dr Titus Naikuni, chief executive, Kenya Airways

Dr Titus Naikuni, chief executive, Kenya Airways

3rd Jun 2014

Breaking Travel News here catches up with Kenya Airways chief executive Dr Titus Naikuni at the IATA AGM in Doha to discuss the launch of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner this month. Reporter Phil Blizzard also explores the new Kenya Airways route into Abuja from Nairobi.

Mark Schwab, chief executive, Star Alliance

Mark Schwab, chief executive, Star Alliance

3rd Jun 2014

Phil Blizzard here talks to Star Alliance chief executive Mark Schwab as the global aviation alliance prepares to move into its new home at London Heathrow. Some 24 members of Star Alliance will move into the brand new Terminal 2 at the airport from tomorrow, with services set to be revolutionised as a result.

Martin Craigs, chief executive, Pacific Asia Travel Association

Martin Craigs, chief executive, Pacific Asia Travel Association

3rd Jun 2014

PATA chief executive Martin Craigs here talks to Breaking Travel News reporter Phil Blizzard about the origins of International Air Transport Association during the organisation’s 70th Annual General Meeting in Doha. Also on the agenda are the growth of Gulf-based ‘super-connector’ carriers, the problems with UK aviation taxation and the challenges facing international travellers.

Richard Quest, presenter, CNN International

Richard Quest, presenter, CNN International

2nd Jun 2014

CNN International presenter Richard Quest here speaks to Breaking Travel News at the International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting in Doha. Quest was at the event to moderate a top level discussion on the future of the industry featuring a host of global leaders.

Bruce Ashby, chief executive, oneworld

Bruce Ashby, chief executive, oneworld

2nd Jun 2014

Breaking Travel News’ Phil Blizzard here chats with oneworld chief executive Bruce Ashby. On the agenda are Qatar Airways’ membership of the oneworld alliance, the growth of the alliance over the past year, and plans for the future.

Tony Tyler, director general, IATA

Tony Tyler, director general, IATA

2nd Jun 2014

In a scene setting piece on the first day of the 70th IATA Annual General Meeting, the organisation’s director general, Tony Tyler, talks about the importance of the aviation sector to the development of the emerging countries in the Middle East. He also sets out, in this report from Phil Blizzard in Doha for Breaking Travel News, some of the key topics which will be discussed at the event.