LONDON - Mehmet T. Nane, CEO of Pegasus Airlines, has been appointed Chair of the IATA Board of Governors at The International Air Transport Association’s 77th Annual General Assembly, to commence his term in June 2022. Mehmet T. Nane, who will serve as the first Turkish Chair of the IATA Board of Governors, will commence his term at the 78th Annual General Assembly to be held in Shanghai on 19-21 June 2022, succeeding the current Chair of the Board of Governors Robin Hayes. Mehmet T. Nane will serve until the conclusion of the 79th Annual General Assembly in 2023. With this appointment, Mehmet T. Nane will also become a Member of the IATA’s Chair Committee and this Chair Committee Membership will last three terms as an elected, active and former Chair of the Board of Governors.
Commenting on his appointment, Mehmet T. Nane said: “I am very proud to be taking on such an important role. This is also a great indicator as to how far Turkish aviation has come...” and continued: “The aviation industry, which propels many other sectors in addition to its own critical role, is going through one of the most challenging times in its history. As IATA, which today represents 82 percent of total air traffic, equating to 290 member airlines from 120 countries, the biggest task ahead of us is to work so that our industry, which is a driving force of world economies, returns to pre-pandemic levels as soon as possible and continues its sustainable growth. I will work tirelessly towards these goals. We will overcome these challenging times by joining our forces together”.
Pegasus Airlines’ CEO, Mehmet T. Nane, who served as Chair of IATA’s Audit Committee during the previous term, continues to be a Member of IATA’s Board of Governors since his appointment in 2019.
Aeroflot CEO Mikhail Poluboyarinov re-elected to IATA Board of Governors
Aeroflot CEO Mikhail Poluboyarinov has been re-elected to the Board of Governors of IATA. Mikhail Poluboyarinov was elected to three-year term of office running through 2024 at the 77th IATA AGM held on 4 October 2021, in Boston, USA.
The Board of Governors is IATA’s governing body responsible for shaping strategy and exercising policies on behalf of the Association. The Board of Governors comprises 31 individuals drawn from the CEOs of the 290 IATA-associated airlines. These represent 82% of total air traffic.
Aeroflot has held IATA membership since 1989; the airline has long been represented in the Board of Governors. For 30 years, Aeroflot has been acting as the main promoter of the IATA’s global initiatives in Russia launching IATA projects across different areas of operations. For instance, in September 2021, Aeroflot successfully completed trial of IATA Travel Pass app on the Moscow – London – Moscow flights. Due to IATA Travel Pass pre-flight formalities will be less time-consuming.
IATA was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Montreal. The Association brings together key carriers to coordinate and advocate industry positions on vital issues such as aviation safety, flight operation, airfare policy and technical maintenance. IATA drafts and issues international standards, and provides professional training and consulting services.