22 September 2022

Four representatives from Turkish Airlines are appointed to IATA’s Advisory Councils

These high-profile assignments to 4 of the 9 IATA Advisory Councils will positively affect the competence of Turkish Airlines in the airline industry
Following the IATA's 78th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Doha, four representatives from Turkish Airlines are appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Advisory Councils for the next three-year term. 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 4 IATA Advisory Councils (IAC), namely Digital Transformation Advisory Council, Cargo Advisory Council, Legal Advisory Council and Industry Affairs Advisory Council respectively. Mr. Kızıltunç is also elected as Vice-Chair Digital Transformation Advisory Council for 2022-2024 period and he is to be assigned as Chair Digital Transformation Advisory Council for 2024-2026 period.
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 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 improve industry for all of us.”
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat. Photo: © Turkish Airlines Inc.
These high-profile assignments to 4 of the 9 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 on-going basis and task forces to address specific time-limited projects.
Turkish Airlines
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 domestics in 129 countries.
Star Alliance
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 inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 12,000 daily flights to almost 1,300 airports in 197 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partners Juneyao Airlines and THAI Smile Airways.
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