CAPA Americas Aviation Summit

Orlando, United States of America
4-5 Apr 2017

CAPA Americas Aviation Summit 2017 Agenda Day 1

Monday 3 April, 2017
17:30   Pre registration
18:00 Welcome Reception at JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando, Valencia Terrace
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Tuesday 4 April, 2017
08:00 Registration and Light Breakfast
09:00 Chairman's Welcome
09:05 Welcome to Orlando
Greater Orlando Airport Authority, Executive Director, Philip Brown
09:10 CAPA Keynote Address: The State of the International Airline Market
CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
09:30 Airline Leader Panel: New Leadership, New Challenges
  • Brexit, Trump and the New World Order
  • US vs Middle East carriers – the battle returns
  • Protectionism and Open Skies – is there both in the US?
  • US airlines thrive while Latin American carriers struggle. Will the reverse be true in two years as costs rise for the Big Three?
  • NAFTA, Mexico and new possibilities – and risks
  • Chinese carrier expansion and Pacific alliances
Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
  • American Airlines, Vice President Alliances & Partnerships, Joe Mohan
  • Norwegian, SVP Sales, Lars Sande
  • Spirit Airlines, Chief Executive Officer, Robert Fornaro
  • Spring Airlines, President, Stephen Wang

US-China Market: Are there too many impediments to airline growth?

  • Capacity limits at the biggest Chinese airports are prompting a chess game of bilateral negotiations. Are there any winners?
  • Will Beijing and Shanghai airports open up any more than New York or Chicago? How can we move beyond current slot restrictions?
  • How will trans-Pacific travel change if no significant capacity is added between major markets? Are airlines bypassing major hubs as they did decades ago with Tokyo and London Heathrow?
  • Where do we need fewer regulations – or more?

Moderator: John R Byerly, Consultant, John Byerly


  • Air China, VP & General Manager North America, Dr Zhihang Chi
  • All Nippon Airways, VP Strategic Planning, Tadashi Matsushita
  • FedEx Express, Lead Counsel, Legal, Trade & International Affairs, Bailey Leopard
  • Spring Airlines, Vice President, Jonathan Hutt

What Will Trump Do Next?
It’s been a tumultuous and aggressive start for the new President, with travel bans and international diplomacy that touches aviation and travel. What does the world think? How is the new administration perceived internationally? What will he do next?

Moderator: Pillsbury Winthrop, Partner, Kenneth Quinn

  • Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Executive Director, Greeley Koch
  • Air France-KLM, Senior Vice President North America, Marnix Fruitema
  • Atmosphere Research Group, Founder & Industry Analyst, Henry Harteveldt
  • ForwardKeys, Airport Director, Ged Brown
  • Seabury Airline Planning Group, Vice President, Bob Hill
  • US Travel Association, President & CEO, Roger Dow
12:30 Welcome to Lunch, hosted by Travelport

LUNCH, hosted by Travelport


The Brazil Effect: How are airlines and travel changing?
Where is Brazil on the recovery track? How have Brazil’s domestic woes affected Latin America? What is the progress Latin American LCCs? Has Argentina turned the corner economically to challenge Brazil? How could new airport concessions in Brazil change the crowded airport spaces in the country? What are traffic and economic trends in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Central America?

Moderator: Orlando International Airport, Senior Director Marketing & Air Service Development, Vicki Jaramillo


  • ALTA, Executive Director, Eduardo Iglesias
  • Embraer Consulting, Head, Cesar Pereira
  • GOL, Chief Planning Officer, Celso Ferrer
  • IATA, Regional VP The Americas, Peter Cerdá
14:15 The Future of the Mexico Market: US-Mexico Open Skies alters the region 

After Mexicana’s demise and the rise of LCCs in Mexico, the market has grown rapidly. Now facing an anti-trust immune Aeromexico-Delta, will this force other alliances? Is there promise in a new Mexico City airport or is it too far away? What trends are emerging in North-South travel?

Moderator: HEICO Aerospace, Business Development Officer and Former Executive Director ALTA, Alex de Gunten


  • ALTA, Executive Director, Eduardo Iglesias
  • American Airlines, VP Alliances & Partnerships, Joe Mohan
  • ASUR, Customer & Route Development Director, Alejandro Vales
  • Holland & Knight, Partner, Anita Mosner
  • Southwest Airlines, Managing Director, Business Development, David Harvey

Travel Disruptors: What New Approaches & Innovations Are Needed?
Travel is at the heart of internet disruption. Companies are introducing new ways to book tickets, assess fares, streamline the travel experience and further disrupt the market. Where are we seeing innovation? Where is disruption coming from, and where is it needed?

Moderator: Atmosphere Research Group, Founder & Industry Analyst, Henry Harteveldt


  • SAP, SVP & General Manager, Travel & Transportation, Paul Pessutti
  • Skyscanner, General Manager, Americas, Shane Corstorphine
  • Travelport Digital, Regional Director, Neil Laidler
  • UATP, Managing Director Asia, Henry Tsuei

Airline Data: How is Selling & Analysis Changing How Passengers Choose?
The industry is offering new options for airlines, buyers and travelers, changing the way tickets are sold and people travel. What data should we be using and paying attention to? Do airlines get what they want from third-party data?

Moderator: ForwardKeys, Divisional Director Airports, Ged Brown


  • CAPA Analytics, Director, Naveen Jain
  • Radixx International, Chief Executive Officer, Ron Peri
  • Routehappy, Director Business Development, Seth Anagnostis
  • Skyscanner, Director Business Development, Hugh Aitken
17:00 End of Day 1
18:00-18:15 Buses depart JW Marriott lobby to Universal Studios


then until 21:30 at Universal Orlando Resort™

Networking & Dinner Reception at Universal CityWalk™, with VIP access to a section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. The theme park will close at 20:00, but not for CAPA Delegates! VIP access includes extended time (20:00-21:30) only for CAPA delegates in select areas of the park.

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 21:30 Reception ends and buses return JW Marriott. Last bus departs 22:00