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IATA appoints Willy Boulter as Regional Vice President Asia Pacific

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IATA has appointed Willy Boulter as Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific. As Regional Vice President, Boulter will be responsible for Member and Government Relations, and will oversee all IATAs initiatives in Asia Pacific.

 Boulter brings to IATA over 30 years of industry experience, including 20 years with Cathay Pacific in various positions in Hong Kong, Canada, India, Japan, the Philippines, and the USA. Boulter joins IATA from Gulf Air where he was the Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to Gulf Air, Boulter was Chief Executive of Sky Express, Russias first low cost carrier, and had held senior management appointments at Virgin Atlantic Airways and South African Airways.

"I am excited to return to Asia Pacific, where I spent the first 20 years of my career. Asia Pacific is the future of this industry and the place that I feel most at home. With the IATA Asia Pacific team, my priority is to deliver regional leadership on global industry challenges. IATA brings solutions to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities generated by the regions growth. These include improving service and cutting costs with Simplifying the Business, global standards on safety with IOSA and ISAGO and a united industry target to tackle environment with a 50% net reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 compared to 2005, said Boulter.

Asia Pacific is today the worlds largest aviation market. In 2009, 647 million people flew within Asia Pacific markets. This is larger than the 638 million who travelled within North America in the same year. By 2013, growth will result in an additional 217 million people flying within Asia Pacific accounting for almost a third of the global industry.

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