China Eastern to host 2015 cargo symposium

China Eastern Airlines will host the 2015 International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium in Shanghai, according to Des Vertannes, IATA global head of cargo, who announced the news at the Closing Plenary of WCS in Los Angeles.


China Eastern to host 2015 cargo symposium


China Eastern Airlines will host the 2015 International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium in Shanghai, according to Des Vertannes, IATA global head of cargo, who announced the news at the Closing Plenary of WCS in Los Angeles. A new addition to WCS in 2015 will be the Air Cargo Innovation Awards, Glyn Hughes, director cargo industry management at IATA, added. “We at IATA would like to invest in the future of this industry,” Hughes said. Individuals and companies can participate by coming up with an idea, “anything that will help increase the competitiveness of air cargo,” Hughes said and applying on IATA’s website. An independent jury will assess all of the submissions. The top innovator will be awarded US$20,000, and other innovators may be awarded up to US$10,000 each.

Looking back at WCS in 2014, Vertannes said the general theme of the conference tracks was harmonisation and common standards and although WCS in Los Angeles attracted 1,063 attendees – a record number for any WCS – he highlighted the lack of gender diversity in the industry. “One area where I’m absolutely convinced we have to make progress is the diversity of our group,” Vertannes said. “If you look around you, you’ll see there’s simply not enough women.