CAPA Americas Aviation Summit

Denver, United States of America
18-19 Mar 2019

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Registration, Networking & Coffee
Chairman’s Welcome
Airline Keynote
Sun Country Airlines, President & CEO, Jude Bricker
Spotlight on key markets: Trans-Pacific
  • What can the US do to entice more inbound travel from across the Pacific?
  • How are carriers utilising new fuel efficient aircraft to unlock network connectivity between Asia and the US? Singapore Airlines: Singapore-New York Ultra Long Haul route.
  • What are the prospects for capacity growth from the growing South East Asia markets?
  • Role of JVs e.g. Qantas/American

Moderator: InterVISTAS Consulting, Senior VP Airline Network Strategy, Sabine Reim


  • Air China, Vice President & General Manager, North America, Zhihang Chi
  • Charlie Pappas International, Principal, Charlie Pappas
  • Japan Airlines, Vice President, Marketing & Strategy Research, Akihide Yoguchi
  • Qantas, Senior Executive Vice President The Americas, New Zealand, Pacific Islands & Japan, Stephen Thompson
Coffee Break & Networking
New route opportunities: Are markets opened up by new generation aircraft viable over the long term? 

New generation aircraft offer game changing economics and range for LCCs, and those low cost operators are increasingly using new generation narrowbodies on longer haul routes. 

The 787 and A350 widebodies have also changed operating economics on ultra long haul routes, offering a much more profitable proposition than older generation twin aisle jets. But the right aircraft type is just one factor in successful route development. Although new generation aircraft open up opportunities for numerous new routes, maintaining consistent demand in those markets is paramount, especially once airport incentives are no longer available. 

  • What examples of implementation of new aircraft types has been successful around the world?
  • What opportunities still exist to tap into new aircraft types?
  • What routes will be opened up to the Americas thanks to new aircraft technology?
  • How much reliance is there on premium traffic to make ultra long haul routes sustainable?

Moderator: ASM, Consultant, Lee Lipton


  • Denver International Airport, VP Air Service Development, Laura Jackson
  • Orlando International Airport, Senior Director Marketing & Air Service Development, Vicki Jaramillo
  • Spirit Airlines, Vice President, Capacity Planning, Mark Kopczak
Closing debate: Pushing the boundaries - How can airlines grow their share of the travel pie?

Millennials have come of age in an era where digitalisation and the widespread availability of cheaper flights have made travel more attractive and accessible. Inquisitive and constantly connected, millennials are embracing the internet and mobile technologies during their travels and have been at the forefront of driving changes in the way travel is distributed and consumed. We profile the travel preferences of this crucial traveller segment, who continue to drive much of the demand for LCC seats especially.

  • What are the travel patterns of the millennial traveller? How are airlines engaging with this particular customer segment?
  • How are intermediaries, tech companies and airports evolving their products in response to the unique expectations of millennials for holistic and personalised travel services?
  • How do millennial traveller needs differ from travellers of previous generations?
  • What do airlines need to do to evolve into proper travel retailers? What can they learn from other travel suppliers who excel in this arena?
  • How will travel retail evolve after basic merchandising?
  • What other/newer distribution technologies are required to enable further airline growth?
  • Which airlines are ahead or behind the digital innovation curve?

Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Advisor, John Thomas


  • Expedia Group, VP Transport Partner Services, Julie Kyse
  • Farelogix, CEO & President, Jim Davidson
  • Viva Aerobus, CEO, Juan Carlos Zuazua 
Lunch & Summit Close