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SkyTeam Alliance Members Agree to IATA’s 25by2025 Initiative

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On Thursday 9 September 2021, all 19 SkyTeam member airlines signed up to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 25by2025 initiative, as the global airline alliance advocates for greater gender diversity in the industry.

Launched in 2019, 25by2025 is a voluntary commitment to increasing the number of women in senior positions and under-represented areas by 25% or up to a minimum of 25% by 2025.

By committing to IATA’s 25by2025 initiative, SkyTeam airline members will therefore increase the number of women in senior positions and under-represented areas by 25%, or up to a minimum of 25% by 2025, report annually on key diversity metrics and increase female nominations from their airlines for IATA governance roles to a minimum of 25%.

“SkyTeam members unanimously support IATA’s 25by2025 initiative, working to close the gender gap to ensure greater representation for women in our industry and to better reflect the gender diversity of our customers,” said Kristin Colvile, SkyTeam CEO and first female CEO of a global airline alliance.

SkyTeam and its members are also working on a variety of programs and resources, including leadership and network development, to nurture female talent, increase the number of women in senior executive positions and help encourage future generations of women to choose aviation as a career.”

Amongst global airlines, Air France already stands out from the crowd with a woman, Anne Rigail, at the head of the company as CEO and an exemplary board of directors comprising nine women out of 17 members. Kenya Airways is a partner in the frequent flyer program, Flying Blue which rewards loyal customers travelling with Kenya Airways flights.

At Air France we do all we can to take action and promote access for women to positions of responsibility. We are committed to providing women with access to certain professions, particularly in technical fields, which may have traditionally been seen as being reserved for men. Encouraging diversity of all forms allows the whole company to progress,” said Anne Rigail, CEO Air France.

I welcome SkyTeam and all its member airlines to the 25by2025 initiative. Delivering on this commitment to improving diversity and inclusion will strengthen their businesses and the entire industry. Being the first airline alliance to join 25by2025 sends a signal about the determination of the aviation industry to close the gender gap. And it sets a positive example for others to follow as we continue to expand this critical industry commitment across the IATA membership and beyond,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

In addition, SkyTeam will later this year launch a year-long development program to promote career advancement for female leaders across its membership.

SkyTeam’s RISE Leadership Program – rolling out across all 19 members – will provide mentoring, a series of development opportunities and executive coaching to high potential female leaders from each SkyTeam airline member.

RISE is sponsored by Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France and James Wang, Chairman of China Eastern Investment Company and Chairman of the SkyTeam Executive Board, both of whom are committed to increasing gender diversity and inclusion in the airline industry.

25by2025 is a voluntary initiative to improve female representation in the industry by 25% or up to a minimum of 25% by 2025. So far there are 62 signatories who have committed to making the industry more gender balanced. In 2021, as part of 25by2025, IATA will continue to collect data on key metrics followed by the development of a best practice playbook for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Airlines (2022) and an updated study on Diversity Equity & Inclusion in Airlines (2023)

About SkyTeam

SkyTeam is a global alliance dedicated to providing passengers with a more seamless travel experience, that consists of 19 member airlines working together across an extensive global network to welcome 676 million customers each year on more than 15,445 daily flights to 1,036 destinations in 170 countries.

The members are Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines.

 

By Victor Shalton Odhiambo

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