ABU DHABI, UAE, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - As more than 350 air transport
leaders make preparations for the World Route Development Strategy
Summit in Abu Dhabi at the end of the week, one of the event's speakers
lays out his views on the future challenges facing the industry. In an
exclusive pre-summit interview, Captain Chris Schroeder, Qatar Airways'
head of CSR, environment and fuel projects explains his views on how
environmental issues and the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape
surrounding them will impact his airline:
"Environmental issues are high on the agenda, with the European Union's
Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), a growing patchwork of ETS's around the
world, the evolving role of ICAO and the much anticipated global
framework as an outcome of the forthcoming ICAO General Assembly in
2013. Will aviation have to pay even more due to added taxes for
emissions other than CO2? What is the impact on air fares?"
Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines on the planet, has
grand ambitions - not only to add more routes and carry more passengers
and cargo, something at which it is already succeeding. The airline
plans to play a leading role in shaping the future of sustainability
within aviation, which is one of Captain Schroeder's main
responsibilities. "We are at the forefront of the development of alternative fuels. Our
national bio jet fuel R&D project will be delivering results in the
next few years. The New Doha International Airport will be supplied exclusively with Gas to Liquid Blend Jet Fuel."
In reference to the upcoming summit which takes place in Abu Dhabi on
September 30 - October 1 Captain Schroeder goes on to say "The Summit provides a unique platform to discuss all pressing issues
aviation is faced with and will be faced with. Regional as well as
international issues can be addressed among a group of caliber aviation
professionals and government representatives. The networking
opportunities are second to none and attendance of this important event
is a must for every aviation professional."
With over 40 airline CEOs confirmed, in addition to hundreds of other
leaders from airports, governments, industry associations, every
stakeholder from across the aviation spectrum is represented at this
Registration is still open for the event and further information,
including a full speaker line-up, can be found at http://www.worldroutedevelopmentsummit.com.
SOURCE: UBM Aviation
For further information:
Michael A. Oakes, Conferences Managing Editor, UBM Aviation - firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: +44(0)20-7921-8278.