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In all civil society groupings of like-minded people, an agreed and ordered structure serves to enable a body to meet the prescriptions of its members. In this regard TIACA is no different.

TIACA is the unique international not-for-profit association representing and uniting all parts of the air cargo industry: shippers, forwarders, ground handlers, airports, airlines, manufacturers, IT providers, etc. TIACA members are traditional players and new entrants, small, medium, and large companies with regional and global reach.

The term “member” used in the not-for-profit sector describes many different sets of people. TIACA has two types of members:

  • Voting member, who has all the rights and privileges of members of the Association including the right to vote. At TIACA, this is known as Trustee.
  • Non-voting members: the other members in classes set up by the Board of Directors. Current non-voting member categories include Corporate, Small companies & start-ups and Affiliates. They have no right to vote.

TIACA’s vision is a safe, profitable, and united air cargo industry that embraces modern technologies and practices to sustainably and fairly serve trade and social development worldwide.

TIACA’s mission is to support, lead and unite the industry to achieve that vision; promote and encourage business, social, and technological innovation; protect the interests of its members with one voice on common interests; disseminate and enhance knowledge amongst members and the air cargo industry.

As the citizens of TIACA, your role as Trustees, is decisive: you decide who will be representing your interests at the Board and shaping the overall Association’s strategy and plan to achieve the vision of TIACA for the air cargo industry.

Know your rights

As per TIACA’s current Bylaws, all Trustees are entitled to equal rights and privileges in the Association. The vested rights of the Trustees include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attending and voting at annual and special meetings of members
  • Electing and dismissing Board members (“Directors”)
  • Approving the budget and accounts of the Association
  • Appointing an auditor for the Association to ensure TIACA’s Secretariat is conforming to US accounting practices, and accepting or rejecting the audit report once presented
  • Voting for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
  • Motions properly brought for consideration

Trustee’s Representative to the Association

Each Trustee must designate (in writing) a person to serve as that Trustee’s Representative to the Association (“Delegated Representative”) and provide an address for the delivery of documents and email to that person.

The designation is effective until it is revoked in writing or until the Trustee ceases to be a voting member. A Trustee may, by means of a writing, revoke the designation, and make a new designation at any time. The new designation will be effective once received by the Secretary General of the Association.

An “Alternate Delegated Representative” may be named in the designation to act as Delegated Representative in the absence of the Delegated Representative.

Each Delegated Representative, or his or her proxy holder, has an equal right to vote at members meetings. The Delegated Representative, or his or her proxy holder, has absolute authority to represent and vote on behalf of the Trustee on any and all matters.

Members meetings

The annual meeting of members (AGM = Annual General Meeting) is held at a time and place chosen by the Board of Directors, chaired by the Chair of the Board, and held no later than 12 months after the last AGM. Decisions are taken and resolutions adopted by the majority of the Trustees’ Delegated Representatives present at the meeting, in person or by proxy, except where otherwise required by law.

The past AGM was held on 20 November 2019 in Budapest. This year, the initial plan was to have the AGM on 10 November 2020 in Miami, in conjunction with the Air Cargo Forum. Given the current circumstances and the cancelation of ACF this year, the AGM 2020 will be held as a video online event. The date and time will be announced shortly.

Did you know special meetings of members may also be called? Either by the Chair, by resolution passed by a majority of the Board of Directors, or by written request signed by at least 20% of the Trustees.

TIACA’s transformation program needs you

As you know, TIACA has embarked on a transformation journey to make TIACA fit for its new purpose, able to deliver its ambitions while maximizing the value of its membership for the air cargo community.

The Transformation program includes the review of the current governance structure to modernize it, ensure transparency, neutrality, representativity and fairness in decision and policy making. Changes impact the Board composition, rules and procedures and the roles and responsibilities of TIACA’s Officers. As these are structural changes to the association’s Bylaws, they will be presented to the Trustees by a set of Special Resolutions that will require approval from two-thirds of voting members to be adopted.

Given the unusual circumstances COVID-19 has presented the world, the AGM and voting will be a bit different this year. Below is a brief description of what will be expected from Trustees’ Representatives to vote in this year’s elections.

  • About a month ahead of the AGM, the Secretariat will send out an agenda, attachments, sample ballot for Trustees to review and submit questions if necessary.
  • The official ballots, including the Special Resolutions ballots, will be emailed to Trustees two days before the scheduled AGM.
  • During the meeting, each Delegated Representative will circle Yes or No on each item put forward for vote, sign the ballot, scan, and return it via email. The Secretariat will accept completed Ballots until the deadline given during the Annual General Meeting. The association will not be able to count your vote if it is received after the deadline.
  • If you are not able to attend the webinar of the AGM, we will provide a recorded session that you can view at your leisure. As long as you submit your ballot prior to the deadline given during the Annual General Meeting, we will count your vote.
  • Since we do electronic votes this year, no proxy can be appointed. Only the Delegated Representatives can cast their votes.

Gerry’s dnata Expands Offering; Launches Line Maintenance Services in Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan, 13 January 2022 – Gerry’s dnata, Pakistan’s leading ground services provider, has expanded its offering. The company obtained Maintenance Organization Approval from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority to provide aircraft line maintenance services to airline customers, and now offers a one-stop-shop of ground handling, cargo and technical services at the airports of Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE) and Islamabad (ISB). 

Gerry’s dnata’s team of professionals can provide full line maintenance support and are trained on customers’ company procedures, providing a seamless service to both passenger and cargo airlines.

The launch customer is flydubai, which Gerry’s dnata already serves at four airports in Pakistan providing a range of ramp and passenger handling services to the airline and its customers.

Syed Haris Raza, Vice President of Gerry’s dnata, said: “As Pakistan’s leading ground handler, we constantly enhance our offering to best meet the needs of our customers. We are confident that our airline partners will welcome the expansion of our portfolio and take advantage of getting quality and safe ground handling and technical services from a single provider. Our team of highly trained, seasoned professionals will deliver world-class quality and safety for our valued customers.”

Mick Hills, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance at flydubai, said: “We are looking forward to expanding our relationship with Gerry’s dnata to include line maintenance services in Pakistan. Having a single, local provider to oversee our line maintenance, as well as ground handling, will add more efficiencies to our fleet management and ensure a quicker turnaround of our aircraft.”

Gerry’s dnata have the capability to handle the following aircraft types for scheduled, unscheduled and AOG services:

  • Airbus A319/A320/A321 NEO (CFM LEAP-1A)
  • Airbus A318/319/320/321 (CFM56)
  • Airbus A319/320/321 (IAE V2500)
  • Airbus A330 (RR RB 211 Trent 700)
  • Airbus A330 (GE CF6)
  • Boeing B737-600/700/800/900 (CFM56)

Over the past year, Gerry’s dnata has continued to enhance its operations and services to deliver the highest level of quality and safety and help airline customers safely transport passengers and precious cargo to and from Pakistan. It made significant investments in infrastructure, technology and equipment, including the opening of a new, state-of- the-art cargo facility in Lahore which doubled the company’s cargo handling capacity at the airport.

Gerry’s dnata’s quality of service helped it win or retain over 20 contracts with key accounts across its network. The company also achieved prestigious industry certifications, including GDP and IATA’s ISAGO accreditation, which validate its capabilities and place the business in a market leading position.

Gerry’s dnata serves more than 20 airline customers at seven Pakistani airports. The company’s team consists of over 2,500 dedicated aviation professionals who assist more than seven million passengers and handle 150,000 tons of cargo annually.

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Gabor Vasarhelyi
Public Relations, dnata