This year, three long-standing airline members of SITA will be receiving commemorative plaques at a special ceremony during the Gala Dinner.
It will be held as part of SITA's Annual General Assembly and Air Transport IT Summit event in Brussels in June.
One of the members, Ethiopian Airlines, is celebrating 60 years having joined SITA in the early days of commercial aviation when SITA itself was just six years old.
At this time international telecommunications was also in its infancy and it wasn't until the following year, in 1956, that the first transatlantic telephone became operational.
The other two members to reach a major milestone are Lebanese Air Transport and Royal Jordanian Airlines, which celebrate their 50th anniversary.
When these airlines first became members in 1965, it was at a time when telecoms had received a major boost with the deployment of the first satellite telephone technology.
They joined existing SITA members from the region, including carriers from Iran, Iraq, and Syria.
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SITA presented Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) with a 20-year anniversary membership award.
The award was handed to Director of Air Navigation Services, Mr. Frank Chinambu, at the SITA-organized event "The Future of African Airports," held in Livingstone, Zambia.
Mr. Chinambu thanked SITA for coming up with the initiative to bring together various African aviation experts to discuss the many challenges faced by African airports.
L-R: Tanzina Ali, Director, Finance; Enamul Haque, Account Manager; Ashish R. Choudbury, Chief Operating Officer; Mohammed Abdul Qayum, Director Flight Operations.
Celebrating five years of SITA membership this year is Regent Airways, owned by the Bangladesh conglomerate Habib Group.
At a special ceremony held at the airline’s office, Regent’s management team was presented with a commemorate plaque by SITA's Enamul Haque.
Regent’s Chief Operating Officer, Ashish R. Choudhury, spoke of a deeper relationship with SITA going forward.
"Together we are stronger and want to expand our relationship further in the future," he said.
The airline is still very young in aviation terms having commenced commercial operations as recently as 2010. However, it is growing strongly and looking to add two more aircraft to its existing fleet, along with new international routes to Jeddah, Muscat, and Kathmandu this year.