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The Impact of Climate Change in Aviation

By Exequiel Sanhueza Yáñez* Although a lot has been written in recent years about climate change, I can point out that this concept refers to the variation of the climate on earth due, mainly, to the action of human beings who, since the revolution in agriculture, have destroyed their own habitat by burning of forests and other phenomena of an industrial, agricultural and land, air and maritime transport nature. All of this has implied the use of non-renewable resources, annually the release of millions of tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. The consequence of this is the heat that is trapped in the Earth's atmosphere, producing a greenhouse effect that leads to global warming. It is good to [...]

2023-01-13T14:32:03+02:00January 13th, 2023|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|

Flying over Latin America and the Caribbean: Colombia has a key role to play

By Jose Ricardo Botelho, CEO of ALTA We begin a new year reaffirming ALTA's strong mission to represent the voice of the aviation industry in Latin America and the Caribbean and to build bridges of collaboration within the industry and between the public and private sectors. We need to continue advancing on critical measures to make the region more competitive for the development of air transport, generate greater opportunities for the population and greater benefits for the countries. Building these bridges involves consistent teamwork, contributing technical knowledge, listening and making proposals. Since its inception, aviation has been an industry that challenges the status quo through innovation, that generates opportunities that were not thought of before, that generates development. And this has been and [...]

2023-01-07T00:08:46+02:00January 6th, 2023|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|

Message from the ALTA CEO and President

By Jose Ricardo Botelho, CEO of ALTA and Adrian Neuhauser President of ALTA We are days away from the end of 2022. A year where aviation has brought us many satisfactions and reactivation results that exceeded our expectations, despite the extremely challenging environment shaped by the conflict in Europe and the macroeconomic environment in our region, which once again challenged us to be more flexible, to adapt our plans as we went along, and to do more with less. So much so that by September we had already surpassed the passenger traffic vs. pre-pandemic in Latin America and Caribbean with over 28.6 million travelers. In this 2022 we also managed to see each other in person, give each other a [...]

2022-12-26T06:34:43+02:00December 26th, 2022|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|

Resourcefulness, leadership and teamwork on board

By Marianela Cartagena* In previous columns I talked about someone that has a well-developed resourcefulness sense, that being exposed to a series of stimulus or chaotic information situations, will be able to combine elements and generate a structure, among them, to produce a value. We also know that a resourceful leader gets inspired by creative teams when he or she leads them, combining his/her ideas instantly, making accurate decisions, to be successfully in that particular moment. Resourcefulness is the capacity of recursive optimal use; the mental ability to redefine purposes and usage; the quality to convert a thing into something else; to approach new ideas1. Micheal Charles Corballis (1936/2021) quotes René Descartes “I think, therefore I am,” as an example [...]

2022-12-01T18:52:55+02:00December 1st, 2022|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|

Are sustainability and growth compatible in today’s air travel?

By Carlos Vianna, Head of Business Development, SITA. The current turbulent economic environment is undoubtedly adding new challenges for aviation, an industry still reeling from the devastating impacts of COVID-19. Operating on thin margins and with an ambitious goal of net zero carbon by 2050, can the industry ensure its long-term success and growth after the pandemic? We believe that growth and an environmentally sustainable industry are not mutually exclusive, but to achieve both, we must start now. The recovery of aviation and the benefits for the world economy SITA data shows that the industry recovery in 2022 is underway: in 2021, global air traffic was at 64% of pre-COVID levels, but still 18% higher than 2020 figures. The signs [...]

2022-10-19T17:50:20+03:00October 19th, 2022|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|

Blockchain Technology and its potential in the Aviation industry 

By Alejandra Labarca* Blockchain technology, or to be more rigorous, the "Distributed Ledger Technology” (DLT) as it is called due to the generic name of the technologies that include the block chain, is breaking with more force in different sectors of the economy to solve already structural bottlenecks and that only a technological shock can break in order to expand the productivity limits in different industries. The emergence of blockchain technology in 2008, during what was called the "subprime crisis" was nothing more than the result of a history of work initiated by intellectuals, mathematicians, computer scientists, Crypto-Punkies using cryptography as a method. It was not just a technical job but rather something based on strong paradigm-shifting beliefs about how [...]

2022-09-18T14:42:33+03:00September 16th, 2022|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|

Turbulence Ahead: What the ’Great Resignation’ means for the Aviation Industry

By Arpad Szakal* Navigating Today’s Aviation Talent Landscape ‘The Great Resignation’ movement of 2021[1] caused a significant shift of power from the employer, to the people they are looking to hire. This trend impacted the aviation industry with significant consequences on attracting and retaining talent. The past couple of years gave people the rare opportunity to reflect and think about what they really wanted to do with their careers and lives. As a result, some left the industry to pursue new careers, and others turned to freelancing or self-employment. Now that businesses in the aviation sector are once again looking to invest in new talent to help drive recovery and growth, there simply aren’t enough candidates out there to deliver [...]

2022-08-01T17:26:59+03:00August 1st, 2022|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|

Aviation and Sustainable Aviation and Fuel (SAF)

By Exequiel Sanhueza  Since the agricultural revolution twelve thousand years ago and then from the first industrial revolutions, all societies have required energy to be able to live and have obtained it from the beginning, by using our muscles and we discovered fire. Later we learned to use coal and oil to promote industrial development and then came the use of electrical and nuclear energy, irremediably depleting the non-renewable resources of our planet. The footprint that human beings have left on the planet has been deep and has covered our sky with harmful greenhouse gases (GHG) and today we observe that Mother Nature is responding fiercely, sending us unusual heat waves, melting ice, floods, extreme droughts and turbulence in the [...]

2022-07-02T18:00:12+03:00July 1st, 2022|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|

Flying Over Latin America and the Caribbean

By Jose Ricardo Botelho* I would like to share some thoughts on an issue that we are facing in Brazil and that has a profound impact on the recovery of travel in the country and the region. It is about the mandatory inclusion of checked baggage with the purchase of air tickets; a measure proposed by the Communist Party of Brazil that was approved again by the National Congress last May and now depends on the sanction of presidency. Having nearly 10 years working in aviation, I have personally participated in projects that have managed to encourage a more competitive, open and aligned to global standards market in Brazil. In 2017, from the aviation authority ANAC, I participated in the [...]

2022-06-11T17:11:19+03:00June 11th, 2022|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|

Teamwork and Creativity in the Aviation Industry

By Marianela Cartagena Teamwork and creativity, two skills that are always so necessary and especially in these days of pandemic, are little studied in schools, universities and other educational settings. We can understand teamwork as a highly organized social structure oriented towards the achievement of a common goal, made up of a small number of people who adopt and exchange roles and functions, with flexibility and according to a procedure to manage socio-affective processes, in a climate of respect and trust. Effects of cooperative behavior within teams Trust and loyalty produce behaviors oriented towards a common goal and openness to dialogue. Communication and creativity as part of the knowledge of people are encouraged. The historian Arnold Toynbee proposed the “challenge [...]

2022-06-01T14:26:44+03:00May 20th, 2022|Expert Opinions & Industry Trends|