CAPA Airline CEOs in Sydney

Sydney, Australia
5-6 Jun 2018

6 June 2018

08:00 Registration
09:00 Chairman's Welcome
09:05 'Meeting of the minds' with CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
Qatar Airways, Group CEO, H.E. Akbar Al Baker
IAG, CEO, Willie Walsh
09:40 Airline CEO Q&A with CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman Peter Harbison
Virgin Australia, Group Executive, Rob Sharp
10:05 Airline CEO Keynote: Africa, Kenya and Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways, Group MD & CEO, Sebastian Mikosz [Download Presentation]
10:20 Panel: Belt and Road Initiative and Aviation
China’s One Belt One Road strategy essentially follows in concept the old Silk Road, a trading route linking East Asia with Europe and other regions along the way. As trading links are re-established and expanded, the One Belt seeks to accelerate and enhance the natural trend.China is helping fund much of the infrastructural development of the new “road”, either directly or through loans, and the geographic scope of the road extends southwards into the Middle East and Africa.There is a natural presumption that enhancing trade routes will be accompanied by a liberal access market regime.The strategy has not attracted a great deal of attention in aviation terms, but it would seem likely that market access principles will filter down into the aviation sector. This panel takes a high level look at current and future potential impacts for airlines, Chinese and non-Chinese.
  • What are the implications for airlines of China’s Belt and Road plan? 
  • How will China’s Belt and Road strategy affect the aviation market – in both short and long term? 
  • What is in the next Five Year Plan for Belt and Road? 
  • Are China’s airlines adapting their strategies to align with the “road”?

Moderator: AAPA, Director General, Andrew Herdman

  • Agri-nomics Australia, Director, Barry Parsons
  • Cathay Pacific, CEO, Rupert Hogg
  • LOT Polish Airlines, President & CEO, Rafał Milczarski
  • SriLankan Airlines, CEO, Suren Ratwatte
11:00 Coffee Break & Networking
11:30 Airline CEO Q&A with CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman Peter Harbison
Cathay Pacific, CEO, Rupert Hogg
11:50 Airline CEO Keynote: Infrastructure Constraints in Europe
LOT Polish Airlines,
President & CEO, Rafał Milczarski [Download Presentation]
12:05 Airline CEO Keynote: CS300 Carries the Growth of Baltic Aviation
airBaltic, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Martin Gauss

Panel: What are the big issues facing Middle East carriers and where does the future lie?
Like their peers elsewhere, carriers in the Middle East face ongoing challenges to their business models. Competition from ambitious new entrants such as the Chinese carriers are threatening the big three Gulf carriers’ position as the chief global superconnectors, who are themselves slowing down as they recalibrate their market positioning. The region’s airlines also have to contend with challenges unique to the Middle East, such as declining oil revenues, regional conflict and overcrowded airspace. We ask Middle Eastern airline CEOs how they are navigating through the current commercial and operating challenges and the future outlook for the region’s aviation industry.

  • How do the region’s smaller carriers differentiate and compete against the big three Gulf carriers?
  • Do Middle Eastern airports and air navigation service providers have the capacity to accommodate the growth ambitions of the region’s carriers?
  • What lessons can be learnt from airport privatisation here and abroad?
  • Finding the right service proposition for domestic and long haul – traditional full service or unbundled?
  • What strategies need to be adopted to meet the distributions unique distribution challenges eg around late bookings?
  • How to reconcile the aim of open skies with creating a market for a national airline?

Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison

  • AACO, Secretary General, Abdul Wahab Teffaha
  • Gulf Air, CEO, Krešimir Kučko
13:00 Welcome to Lunch
Lithium Technologies, General Manager APAC, Andrew Sandes [Download Presentation]
13:05 Lunch Hosted by Lithium Technologies & Close of Summit