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Article from BTNews 7 JUNE 2010

Aviation leaders gather in Berlin

BERLIN will become world’s aviation capital for just a couple of days this week as the city hosts 600 industry leaders for the 66th IATA Annual General Meeting.  The highlight will be, as always, the state of the industry address by Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani which this year is bound to focus upon nature and its effect on the airline industry, more specifically climate change and the problems associated with the Icelandic volcano.  Confirmed speakers for the CEO Forum include: Nader Dahabi, former Prime Minister of Jordan; Praful Patel, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, India; Felipe Morandé Lavín, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Chile; David Bonderman, Founding Partner of TPG Capital; Calin Rovinescu, CEO of Air Canada; Peter Hartman, CEO of KLM; and Tengku Dato’ Azmil Zahruddin, CEO of Malaysia Airlines.  The climate change discussion includes Hussein Dabbas, CEO of Royal Jordanian; Christoph Franz, CEO of Lufthansa; Alan Joyce, Managing Director of Qantas; Guy Hachey, CEO of Bombardier Aerospace; David Hess, President of Pratt and Whitney; and John Plaza, CEO of Imperium Renewables.  The Government and Industry partnership debate includes: Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, CEO of Air France-KLM; Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports; Joachim Hunold, CEO of Air Berlin and Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia. www.iata.org

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