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Fabrice Brégier will become the Chief Executive Officer of Airbus

Continuity and stability in Airbus’ top management is ensured with the naming of Fabrice Brégier, the company’s current Chief Operating Officer, as its new Chief Executive Officer – effective 1 June. He will succeed Tom Enders, the current CEO, who becomes the Chief Executive Officer of Airbus parent company, EADS.

26 January 2012 Feature story

Brégier has served as the Airbus Chief Operating Officer since October 2006, with responsibilities that included overseeing the company’s wide-ranging restructuring and change programme; the Operations, Engineering and Procurement functions at the Executive Committee level; and the A350 programme.  He also is a member of the EADS Executive Committee.

During his professional career, Brégier held numerous top industry positions, including the head of EADS’ Eurocopter helicopter business.

When Brégier becomes the Airbus CEO, he will be succeeded in the Chief Operating Officer position by Günter Butschek, who presently is Airbus’ Head of Operations.

In other management appointments, Airbus Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm will assume the Chief Financial Officer duties at EADS, and Thierry Baril is to serve as EADS’ Head of Human Resources while retaining his duties as the Head of Human Resources at Airbus.

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AAAE Recognizes 57 Airports For Training Excellence

Alexandria, Va. — The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has recognized 57 airports with an ANTN Digicast Excellence in Airport Training award for training completed in calendar year 2011. The award winners are:

  • Aspen/Pitkin County Airport
  • Augusta Regional Airport
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • Blue Grass Airport
  • Centennial Airport
  • Charlotte County Airport
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Authority
  • Chicago Rockford International Airport
  • Dallas Love Field
  • Daytona Beach International Airport
  • Dothan Regional Airport
  • Elmira Corning Regional Airport
  • Evansville Regional Airport
  • Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
  • Gainesville Regional Airport
  • Griffiss International Airport
  • Hilton Head Island Airport Fire/Operations
  • Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority
  • Jack Brooks Regional Airport
  • Jackson Municipal Airport Authority
  • Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Training Academy
  • Kenai Municipal Airport
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
  • Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport
  • Little Rock National Airport
  • Louisville International Airport
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Morristown Municipal Airport
  • N.W. Arkansas Regional Airport Authority
  • Nantucket Memorial Airport
  • Naples Municipal Airport
  • New Bedford Regional Airport
  • New Castle Airport
  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
  • Palm Springs International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
  • Port Columbus International Airport
  • Pueblo Memorial Airport
  • Purdue University Airport
  • Rapid City Regional Airport
  • Republic Airport
  • Rickenbacker International Airport
  • Roanoke Regional Airport Commission
  • San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
  • Scottsdale Airport
  • St. George Municipal Airport
  • Tallahassee Regional Airport
  • Teterboro Airport
  • The University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport
  • Tweed New Haven Airport
  • University Park Airport
  • Van Nuys Airport
  • Wichita Airport Authority
  • Will Rogers World Airport

The award signifies that airport employees and others working at each facility have completed a certain amount of federally mandated airport-specific and continuing education training using ANTN Digicast’s Web-based training system. The award levels are based on total training programs watched and total number of employees trained at each airport. Levels vary based on the airport’s hub size. Each winning airport is presented with a plaque marking the achievement.

“An Excellence in Airport Training award underscores an airport’s commitment to improving operations, safety, and overall preparedness through advanced training,” said Joan Lowden, AAAE senior vice president of communications and general manager of AAAE’s Airport News and Training Network (ANTN) division that produces ANTN Digicast. “ANTN Digicast is designed to be used by airports nationwide as a cost-effective, efficient way to help comply with federally mandated training needs and advanced training curriculum, and we’re honored to recognize the ones that maximize the system’s usefulness.”

Airports that subscribe to ANTN Digicast have unlimited access to the service’s training programs, which currently number some 500 videos. Topics covered range from operations, ARFF, security, customer service, FAA required recurrent training, and more.  ANTN Digicast training is designed for airport employees as well as tenants, such as airline workers and subcontractors, who work at an airport.

Digicast programming is accessible online via any Web-enabled computer, and the system tracks training on a per-user basis, allowing airports to demonstrate to regulators that their employees have completed required recurrent training.

For more information on ANTN Digicast, visit


Founded in 1928, AAAE ( is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

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