continue to observe lockdown as Delta Variant & COVID-19 has made
travel a non-entry for us at this time. We look forward to 2022, when
we are assured that the world is safe and our ability to move more easily
will be back.
As CNS gets underway this weekend in Florida,
(August 29-31) featuring Willie Walsh, director General of IATA, on his
first public mission with gravitas after his appointment, I would gladly
ask him questions regarding the IATA approach.
Brandon Fried of the Air Forwarders Association
will appear as moderator of the talk with Willie, and it will be interesting
see whether Brandon will neutrally stick to his role as moderator or will
let himself go and ask anything of substance.
I said to myself: why shouldn't we send
some thoughts out there? So here are some questions that both personalities
might reflect upon. We would be more than happy to continue this conversation
and include replies here.
Questions for Willie Walsh &
Starting with Air Cargo, is One Record the totem for which
IATA decided to ditch its IATA FIATA program? Was the entire IATA FIATA
negotiation just a straddle strategy?
Regarding their negotiating power with the airlines, many
forwarders say they are worse off today than they were ten years ago,
is this correct?
Why are U.S. forwarders different from the rest of the
world, why have they not had any interest in joining forces in FIATA?
If forwarders were united globally, could this have a different significance
Airlines have suffered during the pandemic, and
IATA was not very vocal, appearing to be at crossroads. Discussing health
measures with authorities, in particular with the WHO, was not always
as straightforward as IATA’s mission statement boldly declares.
What is missing in IATA for it to establish itself as the reference model
in a global emergency?
With few exceptions, the balance of power in the market
between traditional airlines, who are typical IATA members, and other
operators has changed substantially in recent years and is still changing.
Is this conversion reflecting the attitude of the traditional airlines
or IATA’s deficiencies?
For many years, airlines publicized their services
with an aura of wealth, consumption, luxury and even a lack of consideration.
Has the time come for operating with consciousness, with total respect
of society and environment, or are we carelessly flying into the abyss?
What are YOU, Willie doing to show the way?
How important is air cargo to IATA? What cargo issues
will be discussed at the next IATA Board of Governors meeting?
What does CNS mean to IATA?
What is the importance of the Airforwarders Association