The Association of European Airlines (AEA) appoints its first CEO, Athar Husain Khan

Published on : Friday, November 29, 2013

AEADuring  the  AEA  Aviation  Leadership  Summit  in  Brussels,  the  CEO  of  the  31  member  airlines unanimously  appointed  Mr  Athar Husain  Khan  as the first  CEO  of the  Association  of  European Airlines.

Mr  Husain  Khan  is  a  Dutch  national  with  a strong  multicultural  background  with  20  years  of nternational aeropolitical aviation experience. After graduating from the University of Leiden with a degree in International Law, and a specialisation in Air and Space Law he started his carrier as a traffic  rights  negotiator  for  the  Dutch  Ministry  of  Transport  and  later  worked  as  Director  of Government and Industry Affairs of KLM.

He joined AEA in 2007 as General Manager Infrastructure and later Environment and Policy as well.

In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Secretary General and since last year he assumed the function of acting Secretary General of AEA. Under his leadership, AEA has been reorganised and re‐positioned as a flexible, open minded and dynamic industry association, which is recognised as a strong industry voice in Europe.

“We are pleased to announce Athar Husain Khan as the CEO of the AEA”, said Mr Bernard Gustin, Chairman of AEA. “We acknowledge his outstanding performance which enabled the repositioning of the Association. We are convinced that he has the right qualities to lead AEA at this important time for European aviation.”

”I  am  looking forward to  continuing the work with  our members  and  our stakeholders to  drive forward our industry priorities. This is an exciting opportunity for me personally and professionally” said Mr Husain Khan.

Following his appointment Mr Husain Khan presented AEA’s “Flightpath 2019”, the strategic plan for
the future.

“As we approach the next EU institutional cycle, with new faces in the European Parliament and the
European Commission, we have the opportunity to build a consensual relationship with the policy‐
makers, based on a common understanding that aviation brings added value for Europe, its citizens
and its businesses”.


Source:- AEA

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