The newly appointed chairman of the Aviation Membership of the UK, Karl Brünjes, instructed members and company on the iconic Institute of administrators: “We’re the UK’s Aviation Membership but with a global status and membership, and one we search to develop.”
His assertion got here as he briefly outlined the alternatives and challenges for the Membership going ahead and in addition paid tribute to outgoing chairman Jane Johnston, saying she had handled a ‘boatload of challenges in a tough setting’.
flybe chief govt, Christine Ourmières-Widener, was the speaker on the lunch and instantly flagged she would speak about gender and Brexit in addition to outlining the present methods for the UK’s regional provider.
She dismissed reported feedback from Qatar Airline’s chief govt Akbar Al Baker made on the latest IATA assembly in Sydney that ‘a lady couldn’t run an airline’ and mentioned she had been requested many instances how she obtained the job.
“Would the identical query be requested of a person?” she added.
Ourmières-Widener, who amongst different senior appointments was a former head of Air France/KLM within the USA and chief govt of Cityjet, went on to say she wished to create a tradition the place girls might do nicely as a result of they’re the perfect for the job stating: “We now have a necessity for change”.
On Brexit, mentioned there was a way of Brexit “fatigue” and that it was time to easily get on with it.