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Heads of African airlines pinpoint problems; executives from 22 African airlines gathered in Nairobi for a very productive AFRAA-IATA seminar.

Nairobi--The formula was bound to succeed, but those who devised it, the secretarials of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), never expected the Management Seminar for African Airline Chief Executives held this fall to prove to be what one seasoned participant described as "the most productive high-level get-together in the h istory of the international air transport industry." At the final session of the five-day seminar similar words of praise were expressed by many of the 35 senior executives from 22 African airlines on hand in Nairobi.

The AFRAA/IATA formula was not a simple one. It involved assembling an array of top level speakers versed in subjects of importance to heads of airlines and arranging their presentations to form the basis for in-depth discussions. To achieve this and avoid any semblance of a "teach-in," two highly respected industry personalities were enlisted as moderators--Stephen Wheatcroft and Professor Roberto Lim, both international air transport experts and veterans, respectively of British Airways and Philippine Air Lines. It was they, together with Seminar Co-Chairman Slimane Bendjedid (director general of Air Algerie) and Richard Nyaga (managing director and CEO of Kenya Airways), who brought about the massive "audience participation" which surprised the speakers and the AFRAA/IATA secretariat alike. Praise was also due to all Ghandour (chairman and president of Alia) and Olof Ekman (SAS' director-personnel) who served as members of the seminar's panel, stimulating discussion. …

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