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Start-up Air Philip is a regional operator in Korea. Strategy and Planning Manager Sangyun Kim discusses ERJ145 and ERJ175 deployment plans, bases in Gwangju and Muan, and avoiding competition with Korea’s high-speed train network. Air Philip expects significant growth opportunities if Korea allows regional airlines to use larger aircraft.
Airbus SVP Sales Japan Jean-Pierre Stainnack has key milestones coming up with the delivery of ANA’s first A380 and then JAL’s A350-900s and A350-1000s. These will be the first non-A320 Airbus aircraft based in Japan. Airbus expects more A350-1000 sales as the 777-300ER retires. Airbus believes the slightly smaller size of the A350-1000 compared to the 777-9 makes the A350-1000 more suitable for risk-averse airlines looking for a large twin-jet.
Jetstar Japan chief executive advisor Nick Rohrlach discusses the airline’s momentous summer 2018, which marks the sixth year of operations, the rounding out of its Kyushu network, and aircraft growth. Looking medium-term, the Peach-Vanilla integration makes for a larger combined airline but presents growth for Jetstar while Peach and Vanilla integrate. Jetstar Japan would like to partner with Japan Airlines’ new long-haul LCC.
Japan Airlines in summer 2020 will launch a new long-haul LCC. VP Strategy Development Hiroyuki Uehara discusses summer 2018 business registration, the plan to invite investors to the airline, and consideration for aircraft and configuration options as well as route deployment. The airline will consider commercial partnerships with other airlines.
Bluebox CEO Kevin Clark discusses recent changes in the streaming IFE sector. From a demand perspective, passengers typically carry 1.3 devices with them and are increasingly comfortable – and prefer – using their own devices. A few years ago, streaming IFE consisted of an on-board server, access points and cabling, but Bluebox now a single, light-weight offering that does not require a supplemental type certificate.
Bombardier Head of Marketing Asia-Pacific & China Ross McKeand discusses the CSeries’ service plan with Korean Air and which regions the CSeries will be popular in. Bombardier is working to reduce the operating cost of the Q400 and is encouraged by opportunities in Asia, especially if Korea allows regional start-ups to use larger aircraft.
The distribution ecosystem has changed rapidly over the past few years owing to a proliferation of intermediaries capitalising on new technologies, the emergence of new low cost channels and the implementation of the NDC standard. As well, increasing consumer expectations for personalised service offerings means that airlines need to innovate to capture market share, and it goes without saying that this involves leveraging predictive analytics and data in an intelligent way. What are the region’s LCCs doing to exploit the opportunities presented by the new distribution channels? Who are the new players and how will their emergence influence distribution strategy?
Moderator: Web in Travel, Founder, Siew Hoon Yeoh
- Expedia Group, Director, Transport Partner Services, Northeast Asia, Satoru Arai
- Playwings, Founder, Curtis Oh
- Rockwell Collins, Principal Global Program Manager, Sajin Mohamed
- TideSquare, CEO & Founder, Min Yoon
- Travelport, Senior Commercial Director, Chris Ramm
- Trazy, Co-Founder & CMO, Kristine Hanuhl Um
Partnerships of various permutations, whether they are cross border JVs, alliances with full service carriers or LCCs forming their own alliances, are an increasingly important feature of the LCC landscape. Full service carriers and the global alliances they are part of see merit in partnering with LCCs given their potential to provide access to lucrative domestic markets. Within Asia specifically, the cross border JV model has allowed major LCC groups such as AirAsia, Jetstar, Lion Air, and to a lesser extent VietJet, to accommodate foreign ownership restrictions by taking branded minority stakes in local airlines. Some LCCs have even formed their own groupings to take advantage of cross selling opportunities. What are the opportunities and limitations of each partnership model from a cost, revenue, traffic and brand awareness perspective? Under a multi airline group structure, how does the parent company strategically manage each of their airline brands? Can a non aligned LCC survive without being part of either a branded group or LCC alliance?
Moderator: Cebu Pacific Air, Board Adviser, Garry Kingshott
- ANA, Senior Director, Mio Yamamuro
- HK Express, Commercial Director, Jonathan Hutt
- Kiwi.com, Founder & CEO, Oliver Dlouhý
- Spring Airlines, Chairman, Stephen Wang
- Uriel Aviation Holdings, Vice Chairman, Andrew Cowen