Penton's ATW Honors IATA Chief Tony Tyler with Leadership Excellence Award

Dec 17, 2015, 08:00 ET from Penton

NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Air Transport World (ATW), the leading magazine serving the needs of the global airline and commercial air transport communities, announced today that International Airline Transportation Association Director General and CEO Tony Tyler is the recipient of its 2016 Excellence in Leadership Award.

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The award will be presented at the 42nd annual ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards, to be held at a gala dinner on the eve of the Singapore Air Show on February 15, 2016. 

Tyler is being recognized for his outstanding leadership at IATA since he took the helm in July 2011, becoming the sixth person to lead the association. In particular, he is being lauded for his engagement of all aviation stakeholders to achieve common goals. This is evident in two key projects which IATA is undertaking with his leadership: The New Distribution Capability Standard that will modernize the way that airline products are distributed; and IATA's partnership with Airports Council International on the Smart Security initiative to improve airport security effectiveness while alleviating the hassles that passengers face today.

Tyler has also championed IATA's commitment to addressing aviation's impact on the environment. This led to airlines calling for a global agreement on a market-based measure (MBM) as a key tool to manage aviation's carbon footprint and achieve the industry's carbon-neutral growth target.

In addition, Tyler has overseen a major internal restructuring of IATA to improve the association's organizational effectiveness in delivering greater value to its members. Tyler will retire from IATA in June 2016 at the expiration of his five-year term. "Tony is a passionate, tireless and hugely respected leader of IATA and the global airline industry. His mantra that aviation is a force for good is genuinely held and continuously delivered around the world to government heads, regulatory authorities and communities. He is a true force for good for the industry and most deserving of this award," said ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker.

"It's a great honor and a pleasure to be recognized in this way by Air Transport World.  I'd like to recognize in turn the strong support I've had from the IATA team, and the encouragement of our members and other aviation industry players.  It's a huge privilege to be in a position to drive initiatives that will lead to a safer, more efficient and more sustainable airline industry," Tyler said.

ATW previously announced that the recipient of its 2016 Airline of the Year is Etihad Airways. Additional 2016 airline and company winners will be announced in January and the awards will be presented in February.

The ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards recognize excellence across a broad range of airline operations and are widely considered as the most coveted in the aviation industry. Previous recipients of the Excellence in Leadership Award include former TSA Administrator John Pistole, former Lufthansa CEO and Star Alliance co-founder Jurgen Weber, former American Airlines CEO Robert Crandall and former Southwest Airlines CEO and founder Herb Kelleher.

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