AAV In Conversation with Sumesh Patel of SITA on airports, technology and COVID-19


https://magellangroup.net/engine-sales-leasing-aavAsian Aviation Magazine Editor Matt Driskill is In Conversation with Sumesh Patel, president of the Asia-Pacific region for the technology company SITA on the state of commercial aviation in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic and how airlines and airports are employing technology to speed passengers through their journeys.

Sumesh Patel, president of Asia-Pacific for SITA. (PHOTO: SITA)

Patel was named president of SITA Asia-Pacific in 2017. He is responsible for developing and driving the strategic direction of SITA in the region. Patel is a global leader in the air transport industry with decades of experience working with airports and airlines across the world. Prior to this role, he was vice president of business management, Asia-Pacific at SITA. He has guided teams in the design and implementation of major IT initiatives to meet the exacting needs of Asia Pacific’s leading airlines and airports. He has a broad experience working with customers and a deep knowledge of the air transport industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Patel holds an Executive MBA from the National University of Singapore and is based in Singapore.

SITA’s membership base includes airlines, airports, airport-based organisations, and air traffic management, with 95 percent of all international destinations and over 13,500 industry sites connected by SITA‘s network. SITA provides high-speed network communications to and between members on a not-for-profit basis and drives the IT agenda across the air transport industry, researching and investing in the latest technology innovations. SITA works closely with leading global industry associations, including The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airport Council International (ACI), and locally with regional industry associations to ensure we are fully aligned to the current and future needs of the industry. SITA members guide our direction and strategy through the SITA Council, which has reserved seats for both airport and ICT provider representatives.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.


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