The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) welcomes all its airline members, partners and industry stakeholders to the 52nd Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the Association. The Assembly is being convened virtually due to the exceptional circumstances arising from the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic.
Held under the theme, “Redefining Air Transport for a New Era”, this year’s Assembly will draw the roadmap for a successful restart and recovery air transport industry. Air transport leaders and decision makers will deliberate on strategies to navigate the turbulent times as the industry embarks on a new era.
With so many representatives from the Association’s member airlines, industry partners, international and regional associations, leading manufacturers and industry suppliers as well as our media partners, there are tremendous opportunities to network and explore business opportunities.
Join us and over 500 high profile African and global aviation leaders at the AGA for a memorable and exciting experience. We have made adequate arrangements to ensure that your experience at the virtual AGA will be enjoyable and most rewarding.
I look forward to your participation at the AGA.
Mr. Abderahmane Berthe
AFRAA Secretary General
On behalf of TAAG Angola Airlines, the host of the AFRAA 52nd AGA to extend our customary Angolan warm welcome to all of you, our distinguished guests.
This year, 2020, is a year never experienced in all facets of our lives. That makes our AFRAA 52nd AGA a very special one, the AGA that will be kept in the annals of history for a very long time. For the first time in our lives we are meeting in a virtual setting, meaning that we have to meet and yet we are distantly from each other. At the same time, I am confident that this remote meeting will encourage all of us to be resilient as we face the challenges of the day with a determination to secure our future. We believe that we will overcome the pandemic and we will be together next year, conditions permitting.
Unfortunately, 2020 has been a very difficult year for our industry, mainly for us, African carriers. Our struggles come from way before the pandemic, and with the current situation, many African airlines have faced the biggest challenge of their lives. Although the upcoming years will be challenging, and recovery may be slow, we should not be discouraged. We should see the positive side. This is a time of resetting, restructuring, and setting new course for us, African airlines. This is indeed our wakeup call. We must embrace the moment and take heed of the challenges as we map the way forward.
This special AGA, is a perfect occasion to follow-up on several subjects to improve the aviation environment on our continent. Today we may be distant physically, but I ́m sure we are closer in spirit to openly discuss solutions and ideas for a rapid recovery and explore common benefits for the African airlines.
TAAG Angola Airlines, expresses its immense sadness that this year you are not able to physically enjoy the unique experience of our rich Angolan culture and breathtaking sights. We had prepared an exciting adventure for all of you, which I’m optimistic next year will be possible.
On behalf of AFRAA and TAAG Angola Airlines, I welcome you all to the special 52nd AGA, I truly hope the best of discussions and that you enjoy the 2 day programme.
Mr. Rui Carreira
2020 President Of AFRAA And CEO Of TAAG Angola
Sebastian is the Senior Vice President for Member and External Relations at the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA’s mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. It represents some 290 airlines, which account for 82% of global air traffic. He is responsible for guiding and implementing IATA’s strategic advocacy and stakeholder relationship …
Rui Carreira is the current Chief Executive Officer of TAAG Angola Airlines. He holds a degree in Law from Universidade Lusíada de Angola, a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from INSEEC, Paris and a Post-Graduate degree in Business Management (AESE/IESE, Lisbon/Madrid). He was an Angolan Air Force pilot and TAAG commercial pilot in the 1990s …
Mr. Abderahmane Berthe is the Secretary General of African Airlines Association. He took office on 01 January 2018. Mr Berthe was the CEO of Air Mali and Air Burkina. He has 28 years’ experience in airline industry and a total of 16 years as an airline CEO. Mr Berthe built his career in various Airlines …
Mr. KONATE joined AFRAA just after he completed a nine-month consultancy contract with the African Development Bank and contributed to the development of the Bank Framework and Guidelines to Support the Aviation Sector in the Region. He brings a vast experience comprising both air transport and civil aviation. His 35-year-corporate experience covered: International Civil Organisation …
Alexandre de Juniac became the seventh person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 September 2016. De Juniac has almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. This includes senior positions in the airline and aerospace industries …