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International Air Transport Association


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[IATA Flag] image by Zoltan Horvath, 09 December 2014

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"The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a trade association of the world’s airlines. These 240 airlines, primarily major carriers, carry approximately 84% of total Available Seat Kilometers air traffic. IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. It is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
IATA was formed in April 1945 in Havana, Cuba. It is the successor to the International Air Traffic Association, which was formed in 1919 at The Hague, Netherlands. At its founding, IATA consisted of 57 airlines from 31 countries.
The old IATA was able to start small and grow gradually. It was also limited to a European dimension until 1939 when Pan American joined. The post-1945 IATA immediately had to handle worldwide responsibilities with a more systematic organization and a larger infrastructure.
Much of IATA’s early work was technical and it provided input to the newly created (established in 1947) International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which was reflected in the annexes of the Chicago Convention, the international treaty that still governs the conduct of international air transport today.
The Chicago Convention couldn’t resolve the issue of who flies where, however, and this has resulted in the thousands ofbilateral air transport agreements in existence today. The benchmark standard for the  early bilaterals was the 1946 United States-United Kingdom Bermuda Agreement.
IATA was also charged by the governments with setting a coherent fare structure that avoided cut-throat competition but also looked after the interests of the consumer."
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For the full list of IATA's Members airlines, please refer to:
For aditional information go to: IATA (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 09 December 2014

The Flag

The flag is seen here which features its logo in white. For additional information, please go to their "Usage Guidelines for the “IATA Accredited Agent” Logo
Esteban Rivera, 09 December 2014

To tell the truth, I have created its flag image about two years ago (actually at the end of December in 2012), but I didn't post it at that time, I just prepared to send it to the list. Now I can do it.
Zoltan Horvath, 09 December 2014

Previous Flag

[IATA Flag] image located by Esteban Rivera, 8 March 2018

The previous IATA flag used the old IATA logo ( over a sky blue horizontal background, as seen here: (source:

Description is as follows: "Light blue nylon flag with a white circle in centre. Centre of circle contains ‘IATA’ logo [globe with wings] in blue. Makers stamp: only ‘Montreal’ is readable."
Measurements are as follows: "H 910 W 1820mm (H 35 13/16 W 71 5/8")".
The flag is dated 1973. The flag is stored at the The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), New Zealand.
Esteban Rivera
, 8 March 2018