By Leman Mammadova
Azerbaijan has participated in the World Air Navigation Summit and the 23rd annual meeting of CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organization) held in Geneva.
The delegation of Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) was headed by Farkhan Guliyev, Director of Azeraeronavigation ATC.
CANSO Global Summit was attended by more than 300 aviation industry leaders from around the world as well as leaders of international organizations such as International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airport Council International (ACI), Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), International Civil Aviation Association (ICAO) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The event was opened by Serge Dal Busco, Vice-President of the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.
The program included keynote speakers on “Thoughtful Leadership in Aviation”, including Alexandre de Juniac, IATA Director General, and Angela Gittens, ACI Director General.
Later, group discussions of IATA member airlines, ACI airports and CANSO air navigation service providers were held.
AZAL presented a video on the success of Azerbaijan in civil aviation. The event officially announced the holding of CANSO-2020 in Baku on June 8-12, 2020.
“We look forward to working with the AZAL team on the CANSO Global Summit and the 24th annual meeting. Azerbaijan plays a key role in global and regional air transport and has strong relations with many countries and organizations in the world,” said Simon Hocquard, newly appointed CANSO Director General.
“Thus, it will be an excellent setting for our next flagship member event, and I look forward to welcoming you all there in 2020 to explore the latest in air traffic management (ATM),” he added.
It should be noted that the candidacy of Baku for the CANSO AGM-2020 event was unanimously elected at a meeting of the Executive Committee (consists of the heads of civil aviation administrations of Singapore, Tanzania, the Great Britain and Saudi Arabia, the air navigation systems of the U.S., Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic, Argentina) in Bangkok.
In September 2018, Jahangir Asgarov, President of AZAL, and Jeff Poole, former General Director of CANSO, signed an agreement to hold the 24th CANSO Summit in Baku.
The annual Global ATM Summit is one of the most influential events in the field of civil aviation. More than 250 participants from over 100 countries take part in the summit. In scale, this event is often compared to the Olympic Games. Such a large-scale and influential summit will be held in Baku for the first time in the history of Azerbaijan’s civil aviation.
It is noteworthy that aircraft of the Azerbaijani civil aviation fully meet the ICAO standards. AZAL is a member of IATA, which is the most prestigious civil aviation association.
AZAL currently operates Boeing-787, Boeing-767, Boeing-757, as well as A340, A320, A319 and Embraer E190 aircraft. It is a major air carrier and one of the leaders of the aviation community of the CIS countries. The total route network of the airline is 40 destinations in 25 countries.
Leman Mammadova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @leman_888
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