Turkish Airlines affirmed its commitment to diversity and inclusion by signing on the 25by2025 campaign organised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) during 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Doha recently.

With this commitment, Turkey’s flag carrier aims to change the female representation in its management and in areas where women are underrepresented by 25% or increase their representation to a minimum of 25% by 2025.

After the signing ceremony held during the IATA AGM, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee, Professor Dr Ahmet Bolat stated that they will continue to work with industry stakeholders to ensure greater representation for women in the industry and close the gender gap.

Today, not just in Turkey but in 95 cities around to world, from Tokyo to New York, from Zanzibar to Stockholm, our women managers are working to elevate our brand and we reach further with their support every year. By realising our commitment to the 25by2025 initiative, we will increase the activity and contributions of our women colleagues both in the skies and on the ground.

IATA Director General Willie Walsh welcomed the commitment of Turkish Airlines to the 25by2025 initiative. He said that seeing diversity and inclusion as a strength is key to addressing gender balance within the industry. He added that the 25by2025 campaign helps to bridge the gender gap.

Turkish Airlines sets a positive example for others to follow which is key today as we focus on attracting and retaining talent.

By pledging its support, sustainability leader Turkish Airlines commits to a multi-faceted approach that emphasises the value of women in the workforce and agrees to report annually on key diversity metrics, joining over 100 aviation related companies in committing to increase female representation in senior roles and in areas where women are traditionally under-represented.

Professor Dr Ahmet Bolat appointed as member of the IATA Board of Governors

Professor Dr Ahmet Bolat

IATA also announced the appointment of Dr Bolat as member of the IATA Board of Governors for a three-year term effective from the conclusion of the 78th IATA AGM.

Expressing his appreciation on his appointment, Dr Bolat thanked the IATA Board of Governors.

As one of the leading actors in the airline business, he said that the value of solidarity and collaboration between partners especially during these times when global aviation enters the active post-COVID rebound.

As the national flag carrier of Türkiye, we are confident that we will successfully fulfill the responsibilities associated with our new assignment through our solid expertise and professional background.

As Chairman of Turkish Airlines until January 2022, Dr Bolat has a broad experience in strategy development, fleet investment and planning, commercial partnerships and alliance coordination. He has been with Turkish Airlines for almost 17 years.

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