New Chairman of the Association of European Airlines to be announced

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The new chairman of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) will be given to a turkish executive by the name of Temel Kotil. He is also the CEO of Turkish Airlines, often thought as the success story among European airlines

Temel Kotil is an aeronautical engineer and serves as the president and CEO of the Turkish Airlines since April 2005. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University with a B.Sc. degree in 1983. He was born in 1959.

In an interview with ATW Kotil said:: “What I believe is Europe is a big market and every single person in this world should have [access] to the airline business. We are not asking for money [from governments]. What we [the airlines] are doing is like a civil service.” He said airlines play a widened role in global development and are becoming a big contributor.

“The message is that every single government on this earth should have the airline business. We don’t need babysitting by governments, but we are asking for them to understand our business [and the dynamics of aviation] better.”

He outlined the success story of his airline.

“We are less than 2% of the global business; if we have 4%, [we would] one of the biggest airlines.Turkish has the fourth largest network worldwide, and a market share among AEA airlines of 12.5% in the January to July 2013 period.”

In the last decade, passenger growth has gone from 10 to nearly 50 million. It has opened 158 new destinations and the number of aircraft has risen from 65 to 231. Kotil said its fleet will grow to 423 aircraft by 2021.

By 2021, options included, a total of 267 new aircraft will come into service, an investment of around $35.5 billion.