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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Open Skies

  • October 06, 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 4200 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Open Skies

For the first time in 30 years, the architects of the first, historic Open Skies aviation agreement will share the stage in person to celebrate, reflect, and look to the future of global aviation.

Hosted and organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the International Aviation Club of Washington DC, a distinguished panel will share recollections and some behind-the-scenes stories of the 1992 U.S.-Netherlands Open Skies Agreement, which fundamentally transformed international civil aviation, including air cargo transportation , and regional economic impact. A second group of panelists will join the discussion to provide insight on the current state of international aviation, the future of aviation liberalization, and how the industry will meet key challenges such as sustainability.

The panel discussions will be followed by a reception, starting at approximately 5:00pm.

“The U.S. and the Netherlands together boldly signed a historic agreement 30 years ago that changed commercial aviation forever,” said Naveen Rao, president of the International Aviation Club. “This anniversary provides a unique opportunity to take stock of the last three decades of liberalization and understand the future challenges facing international aviation, including environmental sustainability.”

“Three decades ago, the Netherlands and the United States forged a unique partnership, never seen before in commercial transportation,” said Dutch Ambassador André Haspels of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. “It is important that our two countries lead the way for the aviation industry including new challenges on sustainability, and help allies and partners improve global air transport.”

This event is open to IAC members only. There is no charge to attend. Space is limited and advance registrations are required; a waitlist will be created. Not a member? Click here to join.


Karen Walker, Air Transport World Editor-in-Chief


Paul Mifsud, General Counsel USA, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (1992)

Elliott Seiden, Vice President for Law and Governmental Affairs, Northwest Airlines (1992)

Jan Willem Weck, Director General Civil Aviation at The Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (1992)

Jeffrey Shane, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the US Department of Transportation (1992)

Henri van Faassen, Director of Civil Aviation at The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

Richard (Rick) Yoneoka, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs at the US Department of State

Barbara van Koppen, Senior Vice President Corporate Center & General Counsel at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Peter Carter, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary at Delta Air Lines

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