Air India joins industry bodies FIA, AAPA


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New Delhi, Nov 14, 2022, IANS


With a view to contribute and help shape the future of the aviation sector, Air India has joined two key industry bodies -- the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) and Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

In the domestic arena, the flag carrier has rejoined the FIA which FIA works with regulatory authorities, government departments and other stakeholders to highlight key areas of concern, including safety, passenger amenities, ground services and aviation protocols, among others, with an overall objective of fostering safety & growth in the country's aviation sector.

Regionally, Air India is now first Indian airline to join the AAPA, a trade association for scheduled international airlines based in the Asia Pacific region.

The primary purpose of AAPA is to articulate views on matters and issues of common interest for the Asia Pacific airline industry.

On behalf of Asia Pacific air carriers, AAPA puts forward Asian perspectives when dealing with governments, aircraft manufacturers, airport authorities and other organisations on industry issues.

Other AAPA members include major carriers from North East, South East and West Asia.

In addition to joining FIA and AAPA, Air India maintains membership in the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in which it will be taking a more active role.

Commenting on the initiative to join the industry forums, Campbell Wilson, CEO and MD, Air India, said: "India is on the cusp of an aviation boom and, as a leading player, it is the responsibility of Air India to play an active role in helping realise this potential.

"Membership of FIA and AAPA, along with our existing role in IATA, allows us to work together with our domestic and international peers, as well as other stakeholders, to address issues for consumer, industry, national and international benefit."

After 69 years as a government-owned enterprise, Air India and Air India Express were welcomed back into the Tata group in January 2022.

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