Turkish Airlines has indicated its commitment to diversity and inclusion by signing the 25by2025 campaign organized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), at the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting held in Doha, Qatar, in June 19-21.
With this commitment, the Turkish flag carrier aims to change the female representation in its higher management tiers and other areas where women are underrepresented to a minimum of 25% by 2025.
After the signing ceremony held at IATA AGM, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, stated: “Turkish Airlines will continue to work with industry stakeholders to ensure greater representation for women in our industry, and close the gender gap. Today not just in Turkey but in 95 cities around to world ranging from Tokyo to New York, from Zanzibar to Stockholm, our woman managers are working to elevate our brand and we reach further with their support every year. By realizing our commitment to 25by2025 initiative, we will increase the activity and contributions of our woman colleagues both in the skies and on the ground.”
IATA Director General Willie Walsh: “I welcome Turkis Airlines’ commitment to the 25by2025 initiative. Seeing diversity and inclusion as a strength is key to addressing gender balance within the industry. 25by2025 helps to bridge that gap and today we see a strong commitment from across the industry to make that happen. Turkish Airlines sets a positive example for others, which is key today as we focus on attracting and retaining talent.”
By pledging its support, Turkish Airlines commits to a multifaceted approach that emphasizes the value of women in the workforce and agrees to report annually on key diversity metrics, joining over ten aviation-related companies committing to increase female representation in senior roles and areas where women are traditionally under-represented.
At the same IATA AGM meeting held in Doha, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat has also assumed his duties as Member of the IATA Board of Governors for a three-year term. As Chairman of Turkish Airlines as of January 2022, Prof. Dr. Bolat has broad experience in strategy development, fleet investment & planning, commercial partnerships, and Alliance coordination within Turkish Airlines for almost 17 years.