June 4, 2003, Moscow. – 59th Annual General Meeting of IATA (International Air Transport Association) has come to its end in Washington (USA). Valery Okulov, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines General Director, presented Moscow as the place of the next IATA Annual General Meeting holding in May, 2004. The decision to hold General Meeting in Moscow was made unanimously. Aeroflot will be the host party.
Moscow was chosen among Berlin, Geneva, Montreal, Paris, and Singapore. Annual General Meeting in Moscow shows increasing authority of our country, it will promote integration of the Russian airline companies into the world airline community and stimulate civil aviation development in Russia. IATA members are more than 270 air carriers from 120 countries including five Russian airline companies: Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, Pulkovo, Siberia, Transaero, and Volga-Dnepr. Besides the managers of the largest airline companies of the world, the representative delegations of the industries connected with air carriage will take part in the Meeting. IATA has never held its Annual General Meetings in the USSR or Russia.
According to Valery Okulov, Aeroflot celebrated its 80th anniversary this year and feels worthy to receive the leaders of the world civil aviation in Moscow.
“Thanks to the global character of our industry we never lacked professional contacts and understanding in spite of borders and ideologies between us, said V. Akulov. Russia’s participation in IATA activity has become more active and practical recently.
Meeting in Moscow is to be not only a milestone that shows a new place of Russia in the international community but also a very important event for the Russian civil aviation since the industry determines much new horizons of our development and entering the world economy.”
The Federal and Moscow Governments, Russian Civil Aviation Administration and professional community support IATA Meeting holding in Moscow.
IATA was established in 1945. Its Headquarters is in Montreal. Bringing together the leading airlines of the world the Association coordinates and represents the interests of the aviation industry in such spheres as flight safety, flight control, tariff policy, maintenance, air safety, training, consulting; it works out and issues international standards, etc.
Aeroflot is an actual member of IATA since 1989; it is presented in the Board of Governors and the main eight committees of the Association.