IATA Celebrates 15th Anniversary in Russia

The year 2011 marks 15 years since the beginning of the International Association of Air Transport (IАТА) in Russia. Over this time, nine leading Russian companies joined its membership, and 13 airlines have entered IАТА to audit the operational safety program (IOSA). Thanks to IATA , the system of mutual settlement BSP (Billing and Settlement Plan) and electronic tickets have been introduced in Russia.

On the fifteenth anniversary of IATA’s activity in Russia, Jovanni Biziniani, the General Director and President of IATA, and Tony Tyler, Biziniani’s successor, met with the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Igor Levitin. In addition, a press conference was held, which included businesses and specialized Russian mass-media. It was followed by a festive reception. As a result of the press conference, a series of interviews was covered by leading mass-media printing businesses and various television channels.

The IATA will continue to strengthen cooperation with Russian carriers, Russian aviation authorities, travel agencies and service providers of air transport.

PR for IATA in Russia is provided by Fleishman-Hillard Vanguard. Fleishman-Hillard Vanguard has already provided informational support to the association as it put the IATA BSP system (IATA’s Billing and Settlement Plan) into commercial operation in Russia. It has also supported IATA at the International press day in Geneva, Cargo Day in Russia, as well as other projects.

The International Association of Air Transport (IATA) is a global association of the international airlines. Based in 1945, IATA represents the interests of 230 airlines which are carrying out 93% of regular international transportation. In Russia, there are nine members of IATA, including Aeroflot, Don Avia, Vladavia, Volga-Dnepr, Nordavia, Russia, S7-Siberia, Transaero and Juteir. Aeroflot – the oldest member of IATA among Russian air carriers, entered IATA in 1989. Vitaly Savelyev has joined the Board of Directors of IATA.