2021 Assad Kotaite Lecture

Notice of the 18th Annual Assad Kotaite Lecture

Aviation to 2030: Navigating the Most Confronting Decade in History

On-line Presentation with live* and on-line audience – 18:30 EST Tue Nov 30, 2021

Peter Harbison is chairman emeritus of CAPA – Centre for Aviation (“CAPA”), based in Sydney.  His paper will undertake a high-level review of the nature of the airline business model and how it is likely to evolve during the coming decade.  It will embrace both the deep economic challenges to be confronted and the imperatives in adaptation to environmental sustainability goals.  The coming years promise to be the most momentous in the industry’s history.

Peter is an aviation lawyer, with a postgraduate degree from McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law. His Master’s thesis reviewed the evolution of liberal bilateral agreements.  In 1969, he joined the International Negotiations Division of Australia’s Department of Civil Aviation in Melbourne, later spending three years in the Australian Council Member’s Office in ICAO.  Ten years with IATA followed, working in the Director General’s Office in Geneva through a period where the Association was undergoing a transition as the US deregulated domestically and then challenged IATA’s cartel activities.

In 1987 Peter returned to Australia, joining a major law firm in Sydney to develop their aviation practice, later establishing what was to become CAPA – Centre for Aviation.  In 2019, CAPA joined with the Aviation Week group, part of UK company Informa Ltd.  CAPA’s main activity today is providing aviation information, analysis and data and delivering high level conferences.

During a career in aviation spanning more than 50 years, Peter has worked in government and in industry, including over 200 consulting projects, specialising in aviation regulatory policy and bilateral agreements, airport privatisation and later in airline startups; he also developed a multilateral air services agreement for South Pacific Island nations.

Peter is a past President of the Australia and New Zealand Aviation Law Association, IATA Agency Commissioner and Chairman of IATA’s World Aviation Regulatory Monitoring group.  His passions are swimming, surf lifesaving, cricket and most sports, including aviation, but most of all his five grandchildren and family.  When he grows up he might retire, but not just yet.

There is no charge for the Lecture, but attendees are requested to pre-register by November 22, 2021 HERE

*Subject to Covid-related admission requirements and numbers limits, attendees may participate in person at the Burgundy Lion pub, 2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, H3J 1N5.  Please indicate on registration if you will attend in person.  The lecture will be preceded by the Branch AGM commencing at 5:30 pm, to which those interested in the Branch’s activities are also invited.

Please sign up early, especially for in-person attendance.  A video link to the event will be distributed in advance.

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