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Ukraine Airlines Starts Flying to India

 
  Sergii Fomenko, Executive Vice President Commerce,UIA and Subhash Goyal at the launch of the flight service

The beautiful city of Kiev is now just six hours away from New Delhi as Ukraine International Airlines has started a direct flight service between the two capital cities. As of now there would be five flights per week of the uninterrupted service.

H.E Igor Polikha, The Ukrainian ambassador to India who also graced the press conference to announce the new service, he described it as a historic occasion “This is a historical event in the bilateral relations of the two nations as this service would play an important role in bringing the two nations closer politically, culturally and economically. This flight would not only serve Indians for visiting Ukraine but 40 other countries as Kiev airport is a regional hub.”

 

IATA Launches New Global Certification Program
For Animals Travelling by Air

 
  Sergii Fomenko, Executive Vice President Commerce,UIA and Subhash Goyal at the launch of the flight service

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new standardized global certification program to improve the safety and welfare of animals travelling by air. The Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) provides stakeholders across the air cargo supply chain with the assurance that CEIV Live Animals certified companies are operating to the highest standards in the transport of live animals.

“Last year millions of animals travelled safely and securely by air. Animal owners and shippers rely heavily on airlines to carry their precious cargo. As an industry, we have a duty of care to ensure that standards and best practices are in place around the world to protect the welfare of these animals. For those shipping live animals the CEIV Live Animals program will provide a reliable quality benchmark. Just as CEIV Pharma helped provide quality standards for temperature sensitive healthcare shipments, the new program extends that expertise to the important field of transporting and handling of animals,” said Nick Careen IATA’s Senior Vice President of Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.


Transparency in Payments in Nordic Countries

 
  Aleks Popovich, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Financial and Distribution Services

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Transparency in Payments (TIP) has been implemented in the Finland, Norway and Sweden markets. TIP, which is being introduced in conjunction with NewGen ISS, is an industry initiative focused on providing airlines with increased transparency and control in the collection of their sales generated in the travel agency channel. At the same time, it will enable travel agents to take advantage of new forms of payment for the remittance of customer funds.

“The current landscape for payment services has changed dramatically, and new players and payment solutions are emerging, offering travel agents greater options to remit customer funds to airlines. However, up until now, airlines have lacked visibility into these newer payment methods. TIP will address this issue, creating new opportunities for airlines and travel agents,” said Aleks Popovich, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Financial and Distribution Services.

No form of remittance is barred by TIP, but travel agents can only use those forms to which an airline has previously given consent. Importantly, if an airline consents, TIP explicitly allows travel agents to use their own credit cards. IATA has worked closely with key industry stakeholders to develop TIP to ensure it provides:

• Increased transparency and control for each player
• An efficient framework and tools to enable agents and airlines to bilaterally agree on usage of Alternative Transfer Methods, such as agent’s own credit cards and agent’s virtual account numbers (VANs), for the direct remittance to airlines of agency Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) sales
• A resolution framework which is better adapted to regulatory and market conditions.

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