Published on : Friday, January 17, 2014
The New Year brings with it some signs of recovery for a bruised and battered European network airline sector, accompanied by important changes for its representative body, the Association of European Airlines.
As Europe’s airlines gradually emerge from the deepest, longest and most painful economic downturn in their history, the Association of European Airlines, whose membership numbers 30 of Europe’s most important carriers, faces the future with a new look, a new governance structure and a new focus on the challenges ahead.
The reorientation of the Association was first revealed at the inaugural Aviation Leadership Summit which AEA hosted in Brussels at the end of November. Not only was the new AEA logo unveiled, but a new executive structure that saw Athar Husain Khan appointed as the AEA’s first CEO – superseding the former post of Secretary General – and, from January 2014, the creation of the post of President, replacing the role of Chairman. AEA’s first President is Dr Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines. He succeeds AEA’s outgoing Chairman, Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines.
Said Dr Kotil: “I am delighted to have been appointed to head the AEA ‘family’ as its first President.
We will continue to grow our membership base and strengthen the voice of our members in Europe which will surely retain its pre‐eminence within the global aviation industry”.
Dr Kotil will be assisted by the Presidents’ Committee of AEA, tasked with overseeing the
Association’s work programme. It welcomes five new members: Alexandre de Juniac (Chairman & Chief Executive Air France), Kresimir Kucko (President & CEO Croatia Airlines), Camiel Eurlings (President & CEO KLM), and Sebastian Mikosz (President & CEO LOT) and Rickard Gustavson (President & CEO SAS).
AEA also welcomes this year a new member – Meridiana, which is based in Sardinia and is Italy’s second‐largest airline.
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