To chart the inspiring journey of Pierre Jeanniot is to trace the remarkable development of the air transport industry. In his youth, Jeanniot survived the bombing of Rome, the occupation of France, and was a witness to the Resistance in the Jura Mountains. In 1963, after the Sainte-Therese air tragedy and the threat of finding himself jobless, Jeanniot was inspired to create the famous Black Box, which has since become a pillar of aviation security. Under his direction, Air Canada chose the Airbus rather than the Boeing to renew its fleet, in the midst of a highly visible political crisis. Against all odds, Jeanniot also orchestrated the successful privatization of the airline. His visionary speech at Amman, delivered when he was at the helm of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), laid out modern aviation's most urgent priorities regarding accident prevention, protection of the environment, and technological progress. A master of logistics, he successfully negotiated the impasse in the skies following the September 11 terrorist attacks and handled the many complications that came in their wake. Pierre Jeanniot's influence has been felt far beyond the aviation world.
His longstanding desire to facilitate access to higher learning led him to participate actively in the founding of the Universite du Quebec. A skilled diplomat, he also helped to resolve political problems in Iran, Libya, North Korea, and the Middle East. Taking Aviation to New Heights is the story of a great leader who has left an indelible mark on his milieu. He has truly piloted aviation to new heights.
Jacqueline Cardinal is a biographer and researcher at the Pierre Peladeau Leadership Chair at HEC in Montreal. Laurent Lapierre has held the Pierre Peladeau Leadership Chair since its inception in 2001. Donald Winkler is a Montreal-based literary translator and documentary filmmaker.
Acknowledgments List of Boxes Introduction-Who Is Pierre Jeanniot? Part 1 Gaston and Renee (1914-1934) Chapter 1 Baptism by Fire Chapter 2 The Boches Are Coming! Chapter 3 A Train for Addis Ababa Part 2 Making the Best of Things (1935-1945) Chapter 4 My Father, the Hero Chapter 5 Rome: Run for Your Life! Chapter 6 Woolen Pants and Wooden Shoes Chapter 7 News from Christine Chapter 8 Between Patton and de Lattre de Tassigny Part 3 Destination Montreal (1946-1954) Chapter 9 Fate or Chance? Chapter 10 A Sign from Heaven Chapter 11 The Rebellion Chapter 12 Necessary Conditions Part 4 The Black Box (1955-1967) Chapter 13 Slamming the Door Chapter 14 Trans-Canada Airlines Chapter 15 The Tragedy of Sainte-Therese Chapter 16 The Inventor of the "Black Box" Chapter 17 My Cabin at Lake McCaskill Chapter 18 The Canadian Operations Research Society Part 5 On the Way Up in Air Canada (1968-1983) Chapter 19 A Revolution: l'Universite du Quebec Chapter 20 Chaos Chapter 21 Linguistic Turmoil Chapter 22 Goings-on Behind the Scenes Chapter 23 Taschereau, Mackasey, Taschereau, Amyot and ... one other Chapter 24 Open Skies Part 6 President and CEO of Air Canada (1984-1990) Chapter 25 The Battle for Asia Chapter 26 Boeing or Airbus? Chapter 27 The Smoke Extinguisher Chapter 28 Privatization Curtailed Part 7 Director General and CEO of IATA (1992-2002) Chapter 29 Through the Front Door Chapter 30 Ready About Chapter 31 The Amman Speech Chapter 32 Kim Jong-il, Gaddafi, Arafat and ... the Others Chapter 33 Waiting for Y2K Part 8 9/11 and Its Aftermath Chapter 34 September 11, 2001 Chapter 35 "I'm coming back to Montreal" Chapter 36 "The Master of the Skies"