IATA to facilitate a unified industry position on aircraft global tracking

01 / 04 / 2014

  • The industry cannot afford to be complacent about safety

    The industry cannot afford to be complacent about safety

IATA has called on governments and industry to focus on partnerships, data analysis and runway safety in the ongoing quest to make flying even safer.

Tony Tyler, the association’s director general, speaking amid the ongoing search for MH370, also committed IATA to facilitating a unified industry position on global tracking of aircraft – and called on governments to make more effective use of passenger data.

"In 2013, there were over 29 million flights operated on western-built jet aircraft, with 12 hull losses. That is one accident for every 2.4 million flights and a 14.6 per cent improvement on the five-year industry average,” he notes.

“Accidents are rare, but the current search for MH370 is a reminder that we can never be complacent on safety. It may well be a long time before we know exactly what happened on that flight. But it is already clear that we must never let another aircraft go missing in this way,” Tyler adds.