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CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit: region's biggest aviation and corporate travel event

Press Release

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka, Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner, Garuda Indonesia CEO Arif Wibowo, Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin, Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Secretary Mike Mrdak, Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp, Virgin Australia Chief Customer Officer Mark Hassell and Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Karl Schuster; these are some of the speakers who will headline the fourth annual CAPA Australia Pacific Summit to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.


The 2016 CAPA Summit, on 3-5 August, will feature:
A 2-day high level Aviation Summit (4/5 August),
CAPA-ACTE Corporate Travel Innovation Summit (4 August)
CAPA Airport Innovation Summit (3 August) and the
CAPA Aviation Training & Safety Summit (3 August). 

The Summit will gather a host of C-level airline representatives, airport and other aviation stakeholders as well as the region’s corporate travel buyers, leading corporate travel suppliers, intermediaries and advisors. Some 800 attendees are expected in all.

CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, 4/5 August 2016,
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

CEOs from airlines and airports across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, plus a selection of leaders from airlines serving the region, debate the hot topics facing aviation ‘Down Under’ in the year ahead. 

Issues to be covered include:

  • The CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Outlook
  • Jetstar Keynote & Interview: Unlocking Jetstar’s full potential
  • Etihad Airways CEO Keynote
  • Aviation Leadership Forum: Talent, Disruption, Innovation
  • The Australia/Pacific International Aviation Outlook
  • Chief Executive Presentations: China-Australia/NZ - an emerging powerhouse airline market
  • Airline Cloud 9: Digital Airline Leadership
  • The evolving role of airline distribution
  • Australia and New Zealand: A global tourism destination?
  • Special Breakfast Briefing: De-risking new international air services: Future-proofing the new capacity
  • The South Pacific commercial aviation outlook: Attracting a fair share of the growth
  • The Virgin Australia keynote/interview: Gaining Velocity - How Virgin Australia’s loyalty program is changing the game
  • What do passengers want? The strategy behind the passenger experience
  • Keynote Address: The transformation of Tigerair Australia

More information, including the full Summit agenda, speaker list and registration details can be found at: CAPA Summit Registration

Air India, Chairman and Managing Director, Ashwani Lohani
Aircalin, CEO & Managing Director, Didier Tappero
Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), CEO, Joe Leader
Airlink, Member of Board of Trustee, Tetsuya Nozaki
Airways New Zealand, CEO, Ed Sims
Association of South Pacific Airlines, Secretary General, George Faktaufon
Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Secretary, Mike Mrdak
Aviation business development and tourism specialist, Peter Hoslin
Beijing Capital Airlines, Executive Chairman of the Board - President, Xu Jun
Booking.com, Director Strategic Partnerships, Asia Pacific, David Peller
Brisbane Airport Corporation, CEO & Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe
Brisbane Airport, Aviation Business Development Manager, Ben James
Cameron Aviation Management, Director, Cam Macphee
CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Managing Director, Stephen Pearse
CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Chief Analyst, Brendan Sobie
Etihad Airways, CEO, Peter Baumgartner
Expedia, Vice President, Transport Partner Services, Asia Pacific, James Marshall
Flight Centre, Managing Director, Graham Turner
Garuda Indonesia, CEO, Arif Wibowo
Hong Kong Airlines, Assistant Director Commercial, Michael Burke
International Air Services Commission, Chairperson, Dr Ian Douglas
Jetstar Group CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka
Korn Ferry, Partner, Torbjorn Karlsson
Malaysia Airlines, CEO, Christoph Mueller
Malindo Air, CEO, Chandran Rama Muthy (Attendee)
Mantra Group, CEO, Bob East
Nauru Airlines, CEO, Geoff Bowmaker
Nok Air, CEO, Patee Sarasin   
OAG, ‎Business Development Director ASPAC, Mark Clarkson  
Qantas Airways, Group CEO, Alan Joyce
Qantas Airways, CEO Qantas International and Freight, Gareth Evans
Sichuan Airlines, Secretary of the Board, Liu Xiaodong (Attendee)
SITA, ‎Regional Sales Director, Jay Youlten
Skyscanner, Commercial Director APAC, Paul Whiteway  
Tigerair Australia, CEO, Rob Sharp  
Tourism Australia, Managing Director, John O’Sullivan
Travelport, ‎Global Head of Product and Marketing, Air Commerce, Ian Heywood
Travelport, Vice President Asia Pacific & Global Sales Strategy, Damian Hickey
Venture Republic, Co-Founder and CEO, Kei Shibata
VietJet, Member of the Board of Directors, Chu Viet Cuong
Virgin Australia, Chief Customer Officer, Mark Hassell
WIT (Web In Travel), Founder and Managing Director, Yeoh Siew Hoon
World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), President & CEO, David Scowsill

CAPA-ACTE Corporate Travel Innovation Summit, 4 August

The Summit will explore Payments & Loyalty as a big picture – including cards and fraud, data and personalisation as well as a market update on the corporate travel outlook for the Australasian market. 

Issues to be covered include:

  • Jetstar Keynote & Interview: Unlocking Jetstar’s full potential
  • The Australasian Corporate Travel Outlook: Where to for fares and rates?
  • Payments Introduction: Understanding the payments landscape in the South Pacific - the perceived challenges and the current reality of what’s possible today in payments
  • What is FinTech and how is it reshaping corporate travel and aviation?
  • ‘AirCoin’ – how could it enter, disrupt and evolve?
  • Expert Panel: Overview of the evolution of the Payments Industry in Travel – acceptance, cost & risk. Are the latest opportunities & benefits fully understood?
  • Expert panel: Cards in Travel – The 360 perspective from issuers to users
  • Keynote Address: Gaining Velocity - How Virgin Australia’s loyalty program is changing the game 

More information, including the full Summit agenda, speaker list and registration details can be found at: CAPA Summit Registration

4th Dimension, General Manager, Virginia Fitzpatrick
Adara, Commercial Director, Pacific, Stuart Stacy
AirPlus International, Regional Sales Manager, Jesse Manning
Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association, CEO & Managing Director, Nick Giurietto
CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
Conferma, Director of Sales, Asia Pacific, Darren Blair
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure, Bryon Merzeo
Etihad Airways, CEO, Peter Baumgartner
Jetstar, Group CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka
First Data Europe, Director Enterprise Business Development, Brian Geary
Futurist, Mark Pesce
MasterCard, Commercial Payment Solutions Australia and New Zealand, Grant Johnstone
MW Travel Consultancy, Principal, Martin Warner
Penny Inc, CEO, John Battley
Travelport, VP Global Travel Payment Solutions, Alexandra Fitzpatrick
Velocity Frequent Flyer, Chief Executive Officer, Karl Schuster

CAPA Airport Innovation Summit, 3 August 2016

Airport, airline and technology/systems executives will review the international and domestic market prospects for airports in the Australia Pacific region and how airports are adopting and benefitting from innovative new technologies.

Issues to be covered include:

  • Special Presentation: The Millennial Travel - implications for airports and retail
  • How are smart airports solving problems with technology and innovation?
  • Aviation Policy Panel: Airport capacity and productivity debate: Have we got the settings right?
  • Keynote Address: Evolving airport stakeholder relationships – from Bi-lateral to Multi-Lateral & Symbiotic
  • The secondary international gateways in Australia and New Zealand flex their muscles
  • Panel:  Is the current market environment ‘as good as it gets’?

More information, including the full Summit agenda, speaker list and registration details can be found at: CAPA Summit Registration

Airbiz, Managing Director, Greg Fordham
Auckland Airport, General Manager Aeronautical Commercial, Norris Carter
Australia Pacific Airports Corp, Speaker TBC
Brisbane Airport Corporation, GM of Strategic Planning and Development, Roel Hellemons
Cobham Aviation Services, Vice President & General Manager, Ryan Both  
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, General Manager, Aviation Industry Policy, Stephen Borthwick
Deutsche Bank, Director - Head of Transport & Infrastructure Research, Cameron McDonald
G20 Global Infrastructure Hub, Senior Director, Mar Beltran
Hastings, Investment Director, Infrastructure, Matthew Lorback
Houston Airport System, Director of Aviation, Mario Diaz
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Partner, Richard Davis
KPMG Australia, Partner, Paul Howes
L.E.K. Consulting, Partner and Global Head of Building Materials, George Woods
L.E.K. Consulting, Partner, Mark Streeting
Newcastle Airport, CEO, Peter Cock
Queensland Airports, CEO, Chris Mills  
Sunshine Coast Airport, General Manager, Peter Pallot
Sydney Airport Corporation Limited, Executive Director Aviation Services, Shelley Roberts
Sydney Airport Corporation Limited, General Manager Corporate Affairs, Sally Fielke
three consulting, Partner, Hans Mitterlechner
Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), CEO, Margy Osmond
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Chairman, Christopher Brown
Winnipeg Airport, President & CEO, Barry Rempel
Vancouver Airport Authority, Director Innovative Travel Solutions, Linda Schucroft

CAPA Aviation Training & Safety Summit, 3 August 2016

Asian airlines have over 4,000 aircraft on order – twice as much as any other region. The expanding fleets of Asia’s airlines will create a huge requirement for skills. The ramifications are enormous – and will the region be ready?

Issues to be covered include:

  • Global aviation people forecast: Where will the pressure points be?
  • CASA: The regulator's role on meeting the training goals: How we can help?
  • The role of evidence-based training
  • The new regime for industry training
  • Executive Panel: Pilots - What are the training issues and how can we handle them?
  • Executive Panel: MRO - Finding the engineers of the future and ensuring they can do the job

More information, including the full Summit agenda, speaker list and registration details can be found at: CAPA Summit Registration

Aerospace Gateway Schools, Project Manager, Jennifer Harrison
Air Niugini, Executive Manager Flight Operations, Samiu Taufa
Airservices Australia, General Manager - Learning Academy, Linda Spurr
Airservices Australia, Network Performance Manager, Michael Wright
Alliance Airlines, Chief Pilot & GM Flight Operations, Rick Heaton
Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA), CEO (Secretary General), George Faktaufon
Australian & International Pilots Association (AIPA), Economic and Financial Analyst, Matthew Cumberworth
Australian Airports Association (AAA), Policy Manager, Simon Bourke
Australian Industry Standards (AIS), CEO, Robert Adams
Aviation Australia, CEO, Bill Horrocks
Brisbane Airport, Head of People and Culture, Gwilym Davies
GE, Operations Manager, Gerrit Gibbs
Human Factors Training Solutions (HFTS), Director, Keith Calvert
JetGo, Managing Director - Airlines, Paul Bredereck
Lion Air Group, Safety Director, Capt Jose Fernandez
Qantas, Head of Training and Checking, Matthew Gray
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes), President (Australian Division), John Vincent
Sunshine Coast Airport, General Manager, Peter Pallot
TAE, CEO, Andrew Sanderson
University of Southern QLD, Professor of Aviation and Logistics, Prof. Patrick Murray
Virgin Australia, General Manager - Safety Systems, Stuart Aggs
Virgin Australia, Head of Training and Checking, Stuart Haynes
Women in Aviation International (WAI), National President, Tammy Augostin


More information, including the full Summit agenda, speaker lists and registration details can be found at: CAPA Summit Registration