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Article from BTNews 11 JUNE 2012

IATA in Beijing

As you read BT News today (11 June), IATA (International Air Transport Association) will be holding its 68th AGM at Beijing.

“Beijing is a fitting location for this year’s AGM”, said Tony Tyler, Director General.  “It is IATA’s home in North Asia – the location of our largest regional office and largest billing and settlement office, with 132m tickets processed in 2011.  But even more importantly, China is a great aviation success story.  The government’s strategy of using aviation to drive economic growth has seen China emerge as an aviation powerhouse”.  The event brings together some 650 leaders of the global aviation industry.

Two panel discussions will highlight the opening day’s activities:

The CEO Forum will feature: Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways; Piyasvasti Amranand, Thai Airways; Bronwyn Curtis, HSBC; Alex Dichter, McKinsey & Company; Alan Joyce, Qantas Airways and John Slosar, Cathay Pacific Airways.

Doing Business in China will feature: Tim Clissold, Peony Capital; Liu Shaoyong, China Eastern Airlines; Christian Murck, American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China and Helen Wong, HSBC Bank (China).

Tuesday will offer four discussions: Social Media and Air Transport, Value of Aviation, Commercialization of Biofuels and the Future of Airline Distribution. www.iata.org

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