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The Future of Air Transport

Partnerships, growth and new business models: leading discussion on an evolving aviation industry

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22 years of heritage makes The Future of Air Transport one of the industry’s foremost strategic events, bringing together more than 220 senior-level attendees from across the sector to hear from leading figures from the most successful airlines in the world.

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Who?

What?

  • Airlines
  • Airport operators
  • Air traffic management
  • Aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, maintenance
  • Global distribution systems
  • Governments and regulators
  • How are equity partnerships changing the role of alliances?
  • What is driving the convergence of airline business models?
  • What are the major trends in regional markets and where is the growth going to come from?
  • How are airlines differentiating themselves with branding and better passenger experience?

 

Why Attend?

  • Hear from more than 15 chief executives and 18 different airlines
  • Network with over 250 delegates including attendees from over 60 airlines
  • Gain exclusive insights with best practice case studies from leaders in the industry
  • Join an intimate breakfast briefing on airport capacity

 

Akbar Al Baker
Akbar Al Baker

Chief Executive Officer

Qatar Airways

Temel Kotil
Temel Kotil

Chief Executive Officer

Turkish Airlines

Zhang Xiuzhi
Zhang Xiuzhi

Chief Executive Officer

Spring Airlines

Tewolde GebreMariam
Tewolde GebreMariam

Chief Executive Officer

Ethiopian Airlines

Monwabisi Kalawe
Monwabisi Kalawe

Chief Executive Officer

South African Airlines

Christoph Mueller
Christoph Mueller

Chief Executive Officer

Aer Lingus

Maurizio Merlo
Maurizio Merlo

Chief Executive Officer

Etihad Regional

Martin Gauss
Martin Gauss

Chief Executive Officer

airBaltic

Mark Schwab
Mark Schwab

Chief Executive Officer

Star Alliance Services

Michael Wisbrun
Michael Wisbrun

Chief Executive Officer

Skyteam

Kresimir Kucko
Kresimir Kucko

Chief Executive Officer

Croatia Airlines

Jan Palmér
Jan Palmér

Chief Executive Officer

Estonia Air

Alain Barbey
Alain Barbey

Chief Executive Officer

TGV Lyria

Kenny Jacobs
Kenny Jacobs

Chief Marketing Officer

Ryanair

Xie Bing
Xie Bing

Company Secretary

China Southern Airlines

Tom Windmuller
Tom Windmuller

Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security

IATA

Gianfranco Beting
Gianfranco Beting

Chief Culture Officer, Brand and Communications Director

Azul

Tamur Goudarzi-Pour
Tamur Goudarzi-Pour

Vice President Middle East, Africa and Southeast Europe

Lufthansa Airlines

Fernando Estrada Maggi
Fernando Estrada Maggi

Strategy, Alliance and Business Development Director

International Airlines Group

Tony Davis
Tony Davis

Chief Operating Officer

Irelandia Aviation

Andrew Lobbenberg
Andrew Lobbenberg

European Equity Research Sector Head Transport

HSBC

Janis Vanags
Janis Vanags

Vice President Corporate Communications

Air Baltic

Martin Murray
Martin Murray

Finance Director

Cathay Pacific

John Holland-Kaye
John Holland-Kaye

Chief Executive Officer

Heathrow Airport

Stewart Wingate
Stewart Wingate

Chief Executive Officer

Gatwick Airport

Dan Elliott
Dan Elliott

Director of the Transport & Water Practice

Frontier Economics

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Day 1

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09:00

Welcome address by Philip Doyle, Director, Marketforce

09:05

Introduction to the Institute of Economic Affairs

09:10

Chairman’s opening remarks

Session One: Shaping an evolving industry – partnerships, mergers & new models

Leaders Forum

As cross-border ventures and consolidation continue to shape the sector, industry leaders are developing new business models and exploiting growth markets. In this session, senior industry figures will discuss these trends.

09:15

Moderator’s opening remarks

09:20

Panel Discussion

  • Will alliances still be relevant in 10 years’ time?
  • How far can airlines expect governments to liberalise airline ownership restrictions?
  • Will the industry reach a ‘normalised’ level of consolidation?
  • How is state aid distorting the airline market?
  • What will happen to smaller airlines in consolidating markets?
  • With business models converging, how can airlines differentiate themselves?
  • What are the opportunities and pitfalls for hybrid models and subsidiary airlines?
  • Which regions offer the most promising opportunities for growth?
  • How are airlines and airports working together to relieve capacity pressure?
  • Have airlines done enough to mitigate their impact on the climate?
Akbar Al Baker
Akbar Al Baker

Chief Executive Officer

Qatar Airways

Temel Kotil
Temel Kotil

Chief Executive Officer

Turkish Airlines

Tewolde GebreMariam
Tewolde GebreMariam

Chief Executive Officer

Ethiopian Airlines

Christoph Mueller
Christoph Mueller

Chief Executive Officer

Aer Lingus

10:20

Advisory session

10:40

Questions

10:45

Refreshments

Session Two: Next generation carriers

Full service carriers are better able to control their cost bases and customer demand is changing. As a result the aviation sector is no longer clearly split between low cost and full service models, with the rise of hybrid carriers, low-cost subsidiaries and low cost long haul airlines. This session will examine some of the different strategies organisations being pursued.

11:15

A hybrid model to meet the full service challenge

One of the main challenges for a hybrid carrier is to sustain streamlined processes and maintain low operating costs while offering better services. Aircraft utilisation and turnaround times are key to successfully competing with FSCs which are increasingly controlling their cost bases. This presentation will highlight the success Air Baltic has seen in continuously reinventing itself as a  hybrid carrier, completing a remarkable business turnaround dubbed airBaltic ReShape, and serving the leisure and business communities in the Northeastern periphery of Europe.

Martin Gauss
Martin Gauss

Chief Executive Officer

airBaltic

11:35

Winning the battle for capacity on the ground

  • The importance of turnaround times for competitive advantage and cost saving
  • Working with airports to get the most out of ground operations
  • Matching the growth of airlines with infrastructure
11:55

Achieving full-cost service at a low-cost base

  • Ingraining cost consciousness in the company culture
  • Low costs, more frills: frequent flyer programmes and airport lounges
  • Providing for corporate travellers with business class options
  • Interlining and code-sharing to connect passengers
Fernando Estrada Maggi
Fernando Estrada Maggi

Strategy, Alliance and Business Development Director

International Airlines Group

12:15

Operating a successful subsidiary airline

  • Route to entry: how can a parent help a subsidiary enter the market?
  • Creating a balanced network
  • Mitigating competition between subsidiaries and parent carriers
12:55

Questions

13:00

Lunch

Session Three: Equity partnerships, alliances and collaboration
13:40

Panel discussion: Alliances versus equity partnerships

  • What is the changing function of alliances in the airline industry?
  • What role do equity partnerships play within alliances? Do they pose a threat?
  • How have equity partnerships changed the make-up of alliances?
  • Can the same level of seamlessness in alliances be achieved within joint ventures?
  • Does the proliferation of joint ventures erode international ownership restrictions?
  • What role can LCCs play within alliances and joint ventures?
Mark Schwab
Mark Schwab

Chief Executive Officer

Star Alliance Services

Michael Wisbrun
Michael Wisbrun

Chief Executive Officer

Skyteam

Christoph Mueller
Christoph Mueller

Chief Executive Officer

Aer Lingus

Maurizio Merlo
Maurizio Merlo

Chief Executive Officer

Etihad Regional

14:10

Advisory session

14:30

Working in partnership: opportunities and challenges

  • What cost-saving benefits have been experienced from embarking on a joint-venture?
  • Working in partnership to coordinate sales, schedules and pricing
  • How has your partnership integrated systems and operating procedures?
Maurizio Merlo
Maurizio Merlo

Chief Executive Officer

Etihad Regional

14:50

Case study: Alternative forms of partnership in pursuit of growth

As the struggling Irish economy damages the Irish aviation market and restricts organic growth, Aer Lingus has had to look for alternative means of expansion. The airline has provided contract flights on domestic routes for Virgin Atlantic and is working with a Scandinavian tour operator on flights to the Caribbean. This presentation will demonstrate how partnerships can create new opportunities for growth. 

Christoph Mueller
Christoph Mueller

Chief Executive Officer

Aer Lingus

15:10

Questions

15:15

Refreshments

Session Four: The evolution of alternative revenue streams
15:45

Making the most of ancillary revenues

  • Putting ancillary services at the heart of the business model
  • More than just baggage fees: selling the whole trip
  • Investing in the right technology and systems
  • Designing a clear and clean process
Adel Abdullah Ali
Adel Abdullah Ali

Chief Executive Officer

Air Arabia

16:05

Advisory session

16:25

Questions

Session Five: Operating in growth markets
16:30

Fragmentation and competition: the dynamic of the Asia-Pacific LCC boom

A growing Asian middle-class has caused an explosion in orders for planes and of new LCCs coming on to the market. Yet with such saturation and a lack of sufficient liberalisation in the region, there are concerns that the boom in LCCs will be unsustainable. This presentation will analyse strategies for surviving this competitive market and make some predictions for why other regions such as South America may offer more opportunities for new LCCs.

Tony Davis
Tony Davis

Chief Operating Officer

Irelandia Aviation

16:50

China: an increasingly complex domestic market

  • What are the challenges presented by the slowing of the Chinese economy?
  • How are China Southern responding to increasing competition from LCCs?
  • How does the new high-speed rail network affect the domestic Chinese market?
Xie Bing
Xie Bing

Company Secretary

China Southern Airlines

17:10

Embracing the potential of Africa

  • Taking advantage of increased demand for travel between Africa and Asia
  • Working with governments to improve airport infrastructure for planned expansion
  • Problems presented by political, social and economic instability in the region
  • How prepared are African airlines to compete with external carriers?
Tewolde GebreMariam
Tewolde GebreMariam

Chief Executive Officer

Ethiopian Airlines

17:30

Taking advantages of opportunities: business development in growth markets

As demand for travel increases in developing markets around the world, airlines need to be able to spot the potential for growth. In this presentation, Tamur Goudarzi-Pour will consider how airlines should position themselves, and evaluate the merits of systems driven and personalised sales strategies.

Tamur Goudarzi-Pour
Tamur Goudarzi-Pour

Vice President Middle East, Africa and Southeast Europe

Lufthansa Airlines

17:50

Questions

17:55

Chair’s closing remarks and end of day one

Day 2

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08:00

Breakfast roundtable – Airport capacity

Delegates will be able to register for this exclusive breakfast roundtable before the event. This will be a facilitated discussion led by a panel of industry experts, with discussion taking place under Chatham House rules. Delegates will be able to participate in the discussion and ask questions of our panellists gaining a unique insight into both the domestic and international airport capacity issues. Places are limited to 20 delegates.

 

Topics to be addressed will include:

  • What is driving demand? How does this translate into an economic case for further capacity?
  • What is the potential for increasing capacity by optimising existing infrastructure?
  • Hub and spoke versus point to point: which model will be the future and how can airports cater for a range of airline business models?
  • What are the economic, environmental, regulatory, and financing factors that influence new runway development?
John Holland-Kaye
John Holland-Kaye

Chief Executive Officer

Heathrow Airport

Stewart Wingate
Stewart Wingate

Chief Executive Officer

Gatwick Airport

09:00

Chairman’s opening remarks

09:05

Keynote address: Spring Airlines: China’s leading low-cost carrier

Zhang Xiuzhi
Zhang Xiuzhi

Chief Executive Officer

Spring Airlines

09:25

Questions

Session Six: Anticipating aviation growth
09:30

Outlook for the industry: where is growth going to come from?

2013 saw record orders for new planes and a continuation in the Asia-Pacific LCC boom. These trends pose the questions; are these forecasts for growth realistic? Are the investments in new aircraft sustainable? This presentation will look at the major developments in the industry across regions and sub-sectors.

Andrew Lobbenberg
Andrew Lobbenberg

European Equity Research Sector Head Transport

HSBC

09:50

Making the financial case for fleet expansion

  • Fleet management: predicting future demand
  • Recycling old planes to make way for new fleets
  • What are the implications of the financing options available?
  • Mitigating the risks of pledging towards large aircraft orders
Martin Murray
Martin Murray

Finance Director

Cathay Pacific

10:10

Addressing the capacity obstacle to growth

  • Provision of airport infrastructure to accommodate growth after the 2009 collapse
  • Working together towards a consensus to achieve appropriate capacity development
  • Political acceptance: aviation’s impact on trade, foreign direct investment and tourism
  • Putting in place a long-term funding regime to finance major airport expansion
Dan Elliott
Dan Elliott

Director of the Transport & Water Practice

Frontier Economics

10:30

Case study: The race for a West African hub

  • What demand is there for a West African hub?
  • What is the pre-requisite level of airport infrastructure needed?
  • What investment challenges are faced?
Monwabisi Kalawe
Monwabisi Kalawe

Chief Executive Officer

South African Airlines

10:50

Questions

10:55

Refreshments

Session Seven: Operating in a consolidated market

Many regional markets have experienced significant changes as airlines consolidate. This session will explore how airlines have coped with consolidation, both on the part of recently merged airlines and those airlines competing in heavily consolidated markets.

11:25

Making a merger work: overcoming operational challenges and pursuing growth

  • What factors have driven consolidation in Latin America?
  • Using mergers to compliment and extend an airline’s existing strategic network
  • The challenges of merging airline cultures and systems
  • How will competition continue to evolve in South America?
Gianfranco Beting
Gianfranco Beting

Chief Culture Officer, Brand and Communications Director

Azul

11:45

Advisory session

12:05

Small airlines: thriving in mature markets

  • Route and hub competition: dealing with larger, consolidated carriers
  • Offering a competitive long haul proposition
  • How far is government support needed to keep small carriers viable?
  • How worthwhile are equity partnerships and alliance membership for small carriers?
Jan Palmér
Jan Palmér

Chief Executive Officer

Estonia Air

12:25

Questions

12:50

Lunch

Session Eight: Passenger experience in the digital age
13:30

Case study: The changing face of Ryanair

  • The Ryanair brand transformation in depth
  • Knowing the customer: practicing a data led approach
  • Pursuing a digital strategy with a mobile site, Ryanair app, and digital marketing
Kenny Jacobs
Kenny Jacobs

Chief Marketing Officer

Ryanair

13:50

Personalising the ‘on the ground experience’

  • Taking a collaborative approach between airlines and airports 
  • A seamless and speedy airport experience: technology to improve passenger flow
  • Self service solutions: interacting with customer’s mobile devices
  • Pioneering technology: RFID baggage handling, tablets and smart devices
Tom Windmuller
Tom Windmuller

Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security

IATA

14:10

Advisory session

14:30

Case study: Air New Zealand – leaders in customer engagement

In order to develop a global presence, airlines need to take advantage of the latest digital trends such as social media and apps. Branding is also key for differentiation in an increasingly converging market. This presentation will explore how Air New Zealand has employed a successful multi-channel strategy to create a powerful brand.

 

Speaker to be confirmed

14:50

Questions

14:55

Refreshments

Session Nine: The opportunities and threats of running an airline in the 21st Century
15:10

Case study: Opportunities and threats to travel in the Balkan region

  • Opportunities of EU membership and the increasing popularity of Balkan tourism
  • How has extreme regional fragmentation caused intense competition and overcapacity?
  • How have EU restrictions on state aid and foreign ownership affected the airline?
  • The need for external investment and equity partnerships
Kresimir Kucko
Kresimir Kucko

Chief Executive Officer

Croatia Airlines

15:30

The rise of Indian air travel

  • Forecasting the capacity requirements of the Indian market
  • The role of the state in Indian air transport
  • Exploiting the demand for air travel among affluent smaller cities
  • What role can airlines play in local development and prosperity?
15:50

Alternatives to flying: threats to aviation

As high-speed rail becomes more prevalent, the aviation industry must adapt in order to compete. High-speed rail is arguably cleaner, faces fewer security issues, and more convenient than air travel. This presentation will demonstrate the extent of the threat and how high-speed rail is continuing to evolve. It will also explore the potential for air and rail transport to cooperate more deeply in future.

Alain Barbey
Alain Barbey

Chief Executive Officer

TGV Lyria

16:10

Questions

16:15

Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference

This is a global event with senior representatives from the following companies already registered to attend:

 

Aer Arann Hop Airlines
Aeromexico IATA
Air Arabia Iberia Airlines
Air Berlin International Airlines Group
Air Canada Irelandia Aviation
Air Contractors Japan Airlines
Air France KLM KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Air New Zealand KPMG
Air Partner Lufthansa Airlines
airBaltic Luxair
Global event

 

Blue Air Privatair British Airways Qatar Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways Rockwell Collins China Southern Airlines Ryanair
Cityjet SATA Air Acores Coyne Airways Saudi Arabian Airlines
Croatia Airlines Schiphol Group Denim Air Skyteam
easyJet South African Airways Estonian Air Southwest Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines Spring Airlines Etihad Airways Star Alliance Services
Etihad Regional Sun Express Fastjet TAM Brazilian Airlines
Finnair TGV Lyria Frontier Economics Thomsonfly
Gatwick Airport Turkish Airlines Germanwings Virgin Atlantic Airways
Heathrow Airport Monarch Airlines Aer Lingus Group Azul - Linhas Aereas Brasileiras
American Airlines Meridiana AviancaTaca Middle East Airlines

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