Chris Kempis, chief pilot of the Airbus Fleet at Cathay Pacific Airlines, and I spoke about airline safety earlier this year in Hong Kong. In that conversation (videotaped here), he said that safely transporting dangerous goods and maintaining a highly trained and highly engaged workforce are two of the top concerns for airlines.
Given the rate at which the air cargo market is growing in Asia, the management of undeclared dangerous goods – such as lithium batteries – is a serious concern, noted Kempis. When dangerous goods are not declared as part of a shipment it can be very challenging for airlines to ensure that they are shipped safely.
He added that a second area of concern – which is also exacerbated by the pace of growth in the sector – is maintaining a highly engaged, highly trained and highly motivated workforce.
This conversation took place at the Willis-IATA-AAPA Aviation Insurance Conference in Hong Kong. The Willis-IATA-AAPA Aviation Insurance Conference is a landmark industry event, which brings together professionals from across the aviation sector as well as a wide array of partners from related fields as diverse as safety, technology, risk and insurance.
Now in its 13th year, the event is an established brand in its own right and attracts senior representatives from across the Asian aviation and aerospace sectors.