One to one with Brendan Sullivan

Brendan Sullivan has been appointed IATA’s Global Head of Cargo. Brendan has worked in air cargo for 20 years including spending 14 years at IATA. Since January, he has been acting Global Head of Cargo alongside his role as Head of Cargo Operations and E-Commerce. Read the latest interview about his plans and priorities to continue moving the industry forward.

  • What are your plans and top priorities for air cargo?

Air cargo has been a bright spot for the aviation industry in a very challenging time and it has continually demonstrated just how effective it can be when we come together around a common objective. Building on this momentum is critical. IATA’s top three priorities for the industry and focus will be safety and security, digitalization and sustainability:

  1. Safety and security, in particular but not limited to the lithium battery challenge where governments must address the threat from undeclared dangerous goods in cargo and mail.
  2. Digitalization, with speed as this underpins many other key initiatives such as safe and efficient borders, seamless operations and quality of the supply chain
  3. Sustainability, we are committed to addressing sustainability challenges, meeting our sustainability targets and seeing if we can do more. This includes the energy transition to sustainable aviation fuels which is taking longer than we would like and the electrification of ramp vehicles. We are committed to putting sustainability at the core of everything we do from standards to partnerships focusing on people and the planet.

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