In 1996 the Aviation Warranty Managers Group had evolved from within the Association of European Airlines. Until that point, the subject of Warranty at the A.E.A. meetings was given low priority, but due to the increasing activity, and general awareness of warranty matters around the industry, the AWMG was established and met for the first time in June the same year.
That initial meeting, hosted by Swissair, was attended by nine airlines. Interest steadily grew, and at the March 2000 meeting in Dublin, the number of represented airlines and maintenance providers had more than doubled to twenty. Word continued to spread and attending the attendance of the meeting keeps growing. On this occasion, it was voted to modify the name to the International Aviation Warranty Association reflecting the fact that delegates were now attending from outside Europe and also creating a more appropriate global identification.
For example, regular airlines attending the IAWA meeting included Qantas, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Virgin Atlantic, Lan Chile, Alitalia, KLM, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Air France, to name but a few, and now there is current interest from several American operators. The I.A.W.A will normally get together for a one to two-day meeting. As the above Statement implies it is the aim of the Association to build and maintain a strong alliance with the focus on proactively improving standard warranty processes.
Delegates are encouraged to individually bring and share any relevant warranty issues to the meeting, and can also expect and be prepared to become involved in tasks e.g. writing to Vendors or Manufacturers on behalf of the I.A.W.A, assistance in researching and preparation of agenda items, arranging vendor presentations and also taking a position on the task group who control the agenda and organise the meetings.
Current membership criteria are simple, you will be either a commercial aircraft operator, a maintenance provider or Component Repair Agency and will be the person or persons actively involved in warranty within your organization. There is no membership fee and all we ask is that your Management is committed to your application so that you may attend the annual AGM.
The IAWA is still growing and as of March 2012, we currently have 151 members representing 76 aircraft-related companies around the world for 6,841 aircraft. We are always looking for new members so come on, sign up and see what your missing.