CAPA Airline CEOs in Seoul & Gala Dinner

Seoul, South Korea
3-4 Jun 2019

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Registration & Networking
Chairman’s Welcome
Fireside Chat with Travelport, President & CEO, Gordon Wilson
Looking to Asia for inspiration and growth

Asia is the fastest expanding and most innovative market in the world, it has enjoyed spectacular growth over the past several years and while China has clearly led the way, South Korea and Taiwan have also grown rapidly, and even Japan has had a resurgence in the past few years.

LCCs have finally started to penetrate the North Asian market, helping to drive the rapid growth as lower fares have stimulated demand. LCC capacity in North Asia particularly has increased tenfold over the past 10 years, albeit on a small base, and has nearly doubled in just three years. This represents an LCC penetration rate of less than 20%, indicating that there is still plenty of opportunity for further LCC growth. LCCs are planning more rapid expansion in 2019 but the region’s FSCs are also growing, particularly in China.

  • What is Asia doing to meet this increasing demand?
  • Is this level of growth sustainable?
  • How is the travel industry reacting to this growth?

Session Provocateur: Skyscanner, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Hugh Aitken - What is coming from the East? Is China going to eat our lunch?

Moderator: AAPA
, Director General, Andrew Herdman

  • Air Vanuatu, CEO, Derek Nice
  • China Southern Airlines, SVP International & Corporate Relations Division, Guoxiang Wu
  • Skyscanner, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Hugh Aitken
  • SpiceJet, Chief Customer Service Officer, Kamal Hingorani
  • Spring Airlines, Chairman, Stephen Wang
Coffee Break & Networking
Airline Keynote
Kenya Airways, Group Manging Director & CEO, Sebastian Mikosz
State of the Aircraft Market: Fleet orders and deliveries outlook
In an industry with so many variables, any assessment of the future, even looking only a year ahead, is riven with challenge. But there are some indicators that predict outcomes more accurately than others.

One of the more reliable pointers is aircraft orders. These suggest capacity (supply side) conditions in the year to come. Admittedly delivery dates can alter or orders be changed or cancelled. It’s also important to recognise the level of replacement vs net fleet additions. But even with these cautions, the sheer contrasts in scale of orders and deliveries speaks volumes.

Where the Asia Pacific operating fleets are rapidly approaching North America’s dimensions, the fact that the region has no less than twice the number of deliveries planned for 2019 speaks volumes - both for global aviation and for capacity levels in AsiaPac. The net effect contrast is even greater in practice, as North America’s often much older fleets imply a higher concentration of replacements.

In this high level overview, our speakers will delve into current aircraft orders/deferrals to predict the future of our industry.

Moderator: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Senior Advisor, John Thomas

  • airBaltic, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Martin Gauss
  • Air Lease Corporation, CEO & President, John Plueger
  • Gulf Air, CEO, Kresimir Kucko
  • LOT Polish Airlines, CEO, Rafał Milczarski
Growth Despite Disruption
LOT Polish Airlines, CEO, Rafał Milczarski [Download Presentation]
Lunch & Networking
Innovation Introduction

Moderator: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison


  • Emirates, Vice President - Industry Change Operations Research & Effectiveness, Rob Broere
  • IATA, Director, Transformation Financial and Distribution Services, Eric Leopold [Download Presentation]
Open Forum - The Future of Airline Distribution. NDC and beyond
This special interactive Open Forum, open to all sectors of the industry will offer a unique opportunity to provide a greater understanding of the intricacies of how the NDC proposition is progressing and how different sectors and airlines are being affected.

Legacy distribution systems have for decades presented airlines with the twin problems of high costs and product commoditisation. In efforts to address these issues, carriers throughout the world have invested heavily into establishing their own API channels with agents, while the concurrent push by IATA for airlines to implement the NDC standard has encouraged the industry to adopt a retail focused approach to distribution.

In this Open Forum, industry experts will address all sides of the distribution model, to assess the NDC strategy, what it means for their section of the aviation ecosystem, and how the environment is changing.

Industry experts will include GDSs, OTAs, Travel Management Companies and Corporate Travel Buyers, as well as representatives from IATA and airline members.
Audience participants will have the opportunity to interact with the experts in a wide-ranging discussion on:

  • How different participants are being and will be affected by the evolution
  • Where they are in delivering the strategy;
  • What they would change in the strategy if they could;
  • What is the desired end point;
  • What are the complexities of the strategy;
  • What impact will this have on their bottom line

Session Provocateur: Travelport, Global Head of New Distribution, Ian Heywood [Download Presentation]

Moderators: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison & CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Senior Advisor, John Thomas


  • Amadeus, Executive Vice President, Airlines, Cyril Tetaz
  • CTM, CEO Asia, Larry Lo
  • IATA, Director, Transformation Financial and Distribution Services, Eric Leopold
  • Japan Airlines, Regional Vice President Global & Strategic Sales – Asia Oceania, Derek Ho
  • Skyscanner, Commercial Director, Gavin Harris
  • Travelport, Global Head of New Distribution, Ian Heywood
Closing Remarks
Conference Close