Air India on Monday announced its affiliation with two key industry bodies — the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA, which it rejoined) and the Asia Pacific Airlines Association (AAPA). The Tata Group airline has become the first Indian carrier to join AAPA, the trade association of scheduled international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region.
AI CEO Campbell Wilson said, “India is at the cusp of an aviation boom and as a leading player, it is Air India’s responsibility to play an active role in realizing this potential. Membership of the FIA and AAPA, along with our existing role in the International Air Transport Association, enables us to work with our domestic and international counterparts and other stakeholders to address issues for consumer, industry, national and international benefit.
AAPA’s primary purpose is to formulate views on matters and issues of common concern to the Asia-Pacific aviation industry. On behalf of Asia-Pacific air carriers, AAPA presents Asian perspectives in discussions with governments, aircraft manufacturers, airport authorities and other organizations on industry issues. Other AAPA members include major carriers from Northeast, Southeast and West Asia.
On the domestic front, Air India rejoined the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA). FIA works with regulators, government departments and other stakeholders to highlight key areas of concern including safety, passenger amenities, ground handling and aviation protocols, among others, with the overall objective of promoting safety and growth in the Indian aviation sector.