Four representatives from Turkish Airlines have been appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Advisory Councils for the next three-year term. The representatives were appointed to the Advisory Councils following the IATA’s 78th annual general meeting (AGM) held in Doha, Qatar.
Representing 290 airlines and 120 countries, IATA maintains an international perspective and provides a global voice on behalf of its members, based on the relationships with governments and other industry stakeholders around the world, advocating on behalf of its members on key industry issues.
Kerem Kızıltunç, Chief Corporate Development and IT Officer; Turhan Özen, Chief Cargo Officer; Berkant Kolcu, SVP Legal and Compliance; and Özlem Salihoğlu, SVP International Relations and Alliances have been appointed to four IATA Advisory Councils (IAC) — Digital Transformation Advisory Council, Cargo Advisory Council, Legal Advisory Council and Industry Affairs Advisory Council respectively.
Kızıltunç has also been elected Vice-Chair Digital Transformation Advisory Council for the period from 2022 to 2024 period and he will be assigned as Chair Digital Transformation Advisory Council for the period from 2024 to 2026.
Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee and Board of Governors member in IATA, Prof Dr Ahmet Bolat stated, “After IATA Board of Governors membership, Turkish Airlines’ appearance on the global stage is strengthening with these 4 significant assignments. I believe that our colleagues will represent Turkish Airlines in accordance with their expertise and dedication to improving the industry for all of us.”
These high-profile assignments to four of the nine IATA Advisory Councils will positively affect the competence of Turkish Airlines in the airline industry. Elected executives of Turkish Airlines will advise the Board and work closely with IATA management on all matters referred by the IATA Director General with all other council member airlines.
IACs members are appointed by the Director General based on nominations from member airline CEOs and following review by the Chair Committee and the approval of the Chair Committee and the Board. The Advisory Councils meet at least twice a year at IATA’s offices in Montreal, Geneva, Singapore, Miami, or Madrid and may establish working groups to provide technical advice on an ongoing basis and task forces to address specific time-limited projects.
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 388 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 340 worldwide destinations as 287 international and 53 domestic in 129 countries.
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition, and seamless service. Since its inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.
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