CAPA World Aviation Outlook Summit

Berlin, Germany
27-28 Nov 2018

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Registration, Networking & Coffee
Chairman's Welcome 
CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
Welcome to Berlin
CEO, Burkhard Kieker
The Future of Flying: What's Next for Air Travel
Wizz Air, CEO, Jozsef Varadi [Download Presentation]
Digital outlook: True, fast and profitable innovation - Speeding up the transformation of the industry
The digital economy has transformed consumer expectations around the way they research, purchase and experience the airline product. As a result airlines need to work hard to differentiate their product offering and deliver a personalised and seamless experience for customers throughout the entire travel process. With airlines starting to see themselves as digital companies rather than just transportation companies enabling passengers to get from A to B, there is now a greater inclination for experimentation, with many airlines (and manufacturers) leaning on creative tech start ups to find solutions for their technology, operations and customer service problems. This is creating interfaces between large aviation organisations and the growing global travel tech scene. Agility and out-of-the-box thinking seems to be the USP for many startups aiming to develop and market business model innovations for the aviation industry.
  • Is outside competition required to fire up internal creativity?
  • Are big organisations simply unable to cope with the speed of change in technology and customer behaviour?
  • Separating the wheat from the chaff, how to identify the winning ideas
  • Putting the framework in place first - deciding on an airline’s digital strategy
  • How are the global alliances utilising technology to facilitate multilateral connectivity and deliver benefits to customers of member airlines?
Moderator: Made by Many, Founder, William Owen
  • Bluebox Aviation Systems, CEO, Kevin Clark
  • CellPoint Mobile, CEO, Kristian Gjerding
  • Miles & More, Director Strategy & Innovation, Benjamin Pfeifer
  • Skyscanner, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Hugh Aitken
Europe market outlook: Slow and steady wins the race? The ongoing and gradual restructure of the European airline market
Although Europe has experienced some notable waves of merger and acquisition activity in the last 14 years - such as the Air France/KLM and BA/Iberia mergers and various Lufthansa Group acquisitions - the region remains one of the most highly fragmented airline markets globally. There are more airline groups operating in Europe than in any other region in the world and their profitability is lower compared with, for example, the tightly controlled North American market. Any consolidation to date hasn’t led to any meaningful change in the structure of the European airline market, nor has the disappearance of several airlines led to greater market concentration. Clearly, consolidation has been slow and steady, but the region’s top groups wield the power and capital to significantly speed up the process. Is this on the horizon or will consolidation activity continue to amble along at its current pace?
  • Are there too many airlines in Europe for the size of the market? 
  • Is consolidation the key to greater profitability? 
  • What are the cultural, political and regulatory barriers that that inhibit more consolidation in Europe? 
  • Will airline failures or M & A activity drive greater market consolidation? 
  • Can Europe’s largest airline groups ever match the market concentration levels of their North American peers? 
  • How have JVs and alliances overcome ownership and control inhibitions? 
  • What is the outlook for consolidation in the LCC sector?
ModeratorCAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
  • Alitalia, VP Alliances & International Affairs, Jiri Marek
  • easyJet, Regional Director, Javier Gandara
  • Eurowings, Chief Commercial Officer, Oliver Wagner
  • LOT Polish Airlines, CEO, Rafał Milczarski
Airline Q&A:
Air Malta, 
Chairman, Charles Mangion
Coffee Break & Networking
As the mobile travel marketplace evolves what are the lessons to ensure airlines continue to win?
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Hugh Aitken
Environmental outlook: Aviation growth and environmental sustainability. Are the two goals mutually exclusive?

The aviation industry has been proactive in implementing environmentally sound practices. Global governing bodies such as ICAO and IATA as well as individual member companies have made pledges of varying degrees to promote environmental sustainability. Stakeholders across the whole spectrum of the industry need to collaborate to ensure that the requisite operational, technological and infrastructure advancements are being made to hit sustainability targets. These efforts have resulted in the advent of new generation aircraft, which is boosting fuel efficiency, the scaling of alternative sustainable aviation fuels and air traffic system modernisation. Meanwhile, the industry's carbon offsetting scheme, CORSIA is set to come online in 2019.

  • What is the outlook for the next generation of aircraft? What aircraft will we be flying in 2030?
  • Are airlines ready for CORSIA? Is the industry’s carbon offsetting scheme compromised by its lack of universal application?
  • How can government support the growth of and encourage investment into SAF? When will alternative fuels become commercially viable?
  • How are air navigations systems modernising to support the industry’s sustainable growth?
  • What improvements are being made to existing operational processes to reduce carbon emissions?

Moderator: ATAG, Executive Director, Michael Gill

  • Avinor Oslo Airport, VP Traffic Development, Jasper Spruit
  • DLR, Head of Department, Earth System Modelling, Prof Robert Sausen
  • EUROCONTROL, Head of Environment, Andrew Watt
  • Finnair, Director Corporate Sustainability, Kati Ihamäki
The Great Debate: Can aviation unions be a force for good?

All major European carriers have overhauled their cost structures in the last decade or so in the face of liberalisation, the rise of LCCs and increasing competition. Each wave of change has been met with inevitable resistance from traditional labour forces, who have had a comparatively disproportionate impact on the aviation sector compared with other industries, in the process stymieing management restructuring efforts (and massively disrupting everyday operations) for the sake of workers’ rights.

Already fractious relations between airline management and labour associations have reached a tipping point. The international nature of the aviation market has seen some airlines apply more relaxed labour laws from other jurisdictions regardless of where their employees are based. EU based unions for example have called out Ryanair and Norwegian for employing non EU crew on EU registered aircraft and have fought for a ban on what they deem “social dumping”. At the same time, there is also rising demand for a diminishing pool of human resources, as LCCs expand and full service carriers busily set up new subsidiaries. So - while airline managements still need to drive down costs, this is more challenging now in the context of looming pilot shortages. How will the relationship between management and unions evolve under these challenging conditions?

  • Does the aviation industry have enough human resources to service the growth ambitions of the world’s carriers? At what cost?
  • Do unions have the interest of the industry at heart?
  • What constitutes a level aviation labour playing field?
  • Are airlines too focused on a wage race to the bottom for the sake of profit?
  • As essentially inertia-seeking, can unions adapt to the rapid process of change that challenges their managements?

Moderator: Aviation Strategy & Concepts, Managing Director, Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus


  • ALPA, Regulatory Counsel & Senior Attorney, David Semanchik
  • Vereinigung Cockpit e.V., Board Director International Affairs, Robert Spuerk


  • Austrian Aviation Association, Chairman, Peter Malanik
  • CityJet, CEO, Pat Byrne
Community Outlook
Lunch Break & Networking
Summit Close