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CAPA World Aviation Summit: "Where does airline liberalisation go from here?”. Antwerp, 20/21 Nov

CAPA is pleased to announce that Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG) will join an esteemed panel of experts at the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Brussels/Antwerp to review an essential question for the global airline industry: ‘Where is liberalisation heading?’  moderated by John Byerly, previously Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, US Department of State.

Following a keynote presentation by the new Director General of DG MOVE, João Aguiar Machado, the European Commission's DG MOVE Director of Aviation & International Transport Affairs, Margus Rahuoja, will join the panel featuring Mr Walsh, CEO of IAG, Aer Lingus CEO, Ethiopian CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, Etihad Airways' Chief Strategy Officer, Kevin Knight and Lufthansa SVP Chief Strategy Officer, Sadiq Gilani to address key issues, such as:

  • Is protectionism making a revival?
  • What is the role of regulators in the process?
  • The carriers of change: who has the vested interests in a changed system?
  • Can the old norms – ownership and control, nationalism - ever be changed?
  • Are metal-neutral JVs creating juggernauts, making new entry too hard?

CAPA Chairman, Peter Harbison, said, “Of the many and varied topics at our Summit in Brussels this month, this is a crucial discussion at a pivotal time in global aviation.

Relaxing the shackles on international operations has produced numerous innovations that are changing the world. But not everyone wants the world to change. There is a belief that in fact the regulatory clock will be wound back as “archaic” concepts of ownership and control are reinvigorated”.

Hosted by Brussels Airport and Tourism Flanders, the CAPA World Aviation Summit will be held on 20/21 November at the Antwerp Hilton and bring together the executives of leading airlines, airports and the travel industry, including: 

All of CAPA’s sessions are very high-level panel sessions, moderated by industry experts, where real ideas emerge and where frank discussion thrives. Our audiences are also of a very high level, producing a unique standard of thought leadership and innovative ideas.

World Aviation Summit Agenda 

Thursday 20 November: World Aviation Summit 

09.00: Welcome by Chairman 

09.10: Session 1: CAPA’s global market outlook: 2015

What are the big issues in the outlook for airlines in 2015? High-level presentations from CAPA’s analysts on the global outlook, with a focus on Europe, the Atlantic and Asia

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

  • CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Chief Financial Analyst, Jonathan Wober
  • CAPA India, Director South Asia, Binit Somaia 

09.50: Session 2: Emerging markets: Which regions and airlines will lead the growth curve now?

What’s the next chapter for the emerging markets? CEOs from a mix of airlines discuss how they see emerging markets developing and which markets and airlines are most likely to shine in 2015.

  • Which regions have the biggest upside, highest/lowest risk?
  • Which airlines are most likely to prosper?
  • Ebola - how threatening is the crisis for African markets and economies? 

Moderator: ALTA, Executive Advisor to the Board and BDO HEICO, Alex de Gunten 

  • Ethiopian, CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam  
  • Fastjet, CEO, Ed Winter  
  • Fly540 Kenya, CEO, Don Smith
  • IATA, Senior VP Latin America and Caribbean, Peter Cerda

10.50: Coffee & Airline Marketplace

11.35: Airlink Special Presentation
Airlink, Advisory Council Chairman, Barry Humphreys

11.45: Airline Boardroom LIVE! Building an Airline

In an innovative and challenging feature, a panel of leading airline executives will construct the foundations for a new airline equipped to survive in today’s turbulent environment, with assistance from a seasoned airline expert.

Watch a boardroom discussion as the executives answer three key questions:

  • What are the key attributes of the airline (region/base, Business model, branding)?
  • What are the key start-up strategic decisions (Fleet, Capitalisation, Distribution and Pricing)?
  • How will it be run - and who will run it?

Moderator: TBC

  • Transavia Airlines, Managing Director - Chairman, Mattijs ten Brink  
  • Azul, CFO, John Rodgerson (invited)
  • Brussels Airlines, CEO, Bernard Gustin
  • Navitaire, Mike Thompson, CEO
  • Zurich Insurance, Global Head of Travel Insurance, Philippe Cornet 

13.00: Lunch

14.00: Keynote: Reacting to the low cost challenge:
Leading Antwerp diamond merchants explain how the diamond cutting and polishing industry was turned upside down by the advent of low cost competition from India and elsewhere, and how Antwerp has had to re-invent itself, focusing on higher value stones and trading.

14.30: Executive Panel: The journey beyond merchandising: from dynamic to customer-centric selling

By 2020, passengers are projected to be spending USD130 billion more on retailing, over and above the USD50 billion that they are spending on ancillary revenues now. How will airlines integrate their retailing strategies with their business strategies and maximise their share of this growing revenue pool? Airlines have engaged in dynamic selling since the 1970s, but how do we, as an industry, define dynamic selling and customer-centric selling in the contemporary setting and how does technology impact these advances?

  • What and where is the gap we need to bridge between merchandising, dynamic selling and customer-centric selling?
  • How are traditional airlines, especially, constrained by the available technology?
  • How have new entrants revolutionized revenue management and distribution models?
  • Is API connectivity the ‘holy grail’ to enable unconstrained distribution, increased speed, sophistication and choice?
  • What are the similarities, and the differences, between dynamic selling and customer-centric selling?
  • Are airlines leaving money on the table, where customer-friendly initiatives 
would be both welcome and easy to deliver?

Moderator: Nawal Taneja

  • Royal Jordanian Airlines, CCO, Richard Nuttall  
  • Travelport (Speaker TBC)
  • Sabre (Speaker TBC)
  • Amadeus, Vice President of Distribution Marketing, Decius Valmorbida 

15.30: Coffee 

16.00: “Trip Friction” - The CEOs’ Challenge: How to Increase Corporate Demand for Business Class Travel 

This session is based on a confronting presentation by an travel expert.

Five airline executives will then have the opportunity to challenge the expert findings and to elaborate on their experiences in the market and how it is changing.

  • Reducing the impact of travel friction, in terms of its impact on business traveller attrition, is a key to success.
  • Using some key micro-economic principles, and a clear set of steps for getting airlines’ corporate customers to think more carefully about the benefits of business class travel Scott Gillespie will lay out his views on how to make the business case to corporations for treating their travellers better.  
  • This covers the factors affecting traveller burnout and the various levers companies have for reducing the risks.
  • The benefit to the airlines is getting more companies to authorise business class travel for more travellers.
  • Using a database of over 80,000 travelers, with Trip Friction scores for over 500,000 trips the research behind Trip Friction is extensive. 

Moderator: tClara, Managing Partner, Scott Gillespie

  • CityJet, CEO, Christine Ourmières-Widener
  • Finnair, CCO, Juha Järvinen
  • Croatia Airlines, CEO, Kresimir Kucko
  • LOT Polish Airlines, CEO, Sebastian Mikosz
  • Turkish Airlines, CEO, Temil Kotil 

17.15: Closing Remarks by Tourism Flanders 

17.20: Close of Day 2 

19.00: Pre-Dinner cocktails, courtesy of Clyde & Co 

19.45: CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner, hosted by Travelport 

Friday 21 November: World Aviation Summit 

07.45: Special Industry Breakfast Briefing: The Strategy behind Airline Network Planning

In this special session, leading airline network planning heads will provide insights into their near and longer-term route plans. Their presentations will be followed by a round-table discussion of the art and science of effective network planning.

Moderator: Brussels Airport Company, Head of Aviation Marketing, Léon Verhallen

  • KLM, VP Network Planning, Pieter Groeneveld
  • Brussels Airlines, VP Planning Network & Transversal Planning, David Lyssens
  • OAG, Executive Vice President, John Grant 

09.00: Chairman’s welcome

09.00: Welcome by Brussels Airport
Brussels Airport, CEO, Arnaud Feist 

09.10: Keynote Address: The vision for aviation capacity and mobility in Europe
João Aguiar Machado, Director General, DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission 

09.40: Executive Panel: The big issues in the EU: connectivity, ownership and control, fair competition (infrastructure)

Panellists will debate the near term action and longer term vision required for:

  • Ownership and control of airlines
  • Connectivity: Mobility and Multi-modal
  • Fair conditions for competition
  • Airport Capacity and ATM infrastructure across Europe
  • What should the airline industry expect from these key policy areas?

Moderator: Barry Humphreys

Provocateur at large: Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus

  • airBaltic, CEO, Martin Gauss  
  • European Commission DG Move, Director General, Joao Aguiar Machado
  • Brussels Airport CEO & ACI Europe President, Arnaud Feist
  • Dublin Airport, Managing Director, Vincent Harrison
  • European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA), Secretary General, John Hanlon
  • European Regions Airline Association (ERAA), Director General, Simon McNamara
  • Association of European Airlines (AEA), CEO, Athar Husain Khan 

11.15: Coffee & Airline Marketplace

11.45:  The essential question: ‘Where is liberalisation heading?’

Relaxing the shackles on international operations has produced numerous innovations that are changing the world. But not everyone wants the world to change. There is a belief that in fact the regulatory clock will be wound back as “archaic” concepts of ownership and control are reinvigorated. Can the new wave be stopped?

  • Is protectionism making a revival?
  • What is the role of regulators in the process?
  • The carriers of change: who has the vested interests in a changed system?
  • Can the old norms – ownership and control, nationalism etc - ever be changed?
  • Are metal-neutral JVs creating juggernauts, making new entry too hard?
  • Do airports have a voice in the process?

Moderator: US Department of State, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, John Byerly  

  • European Commission DG Move, Director Aviation & International Transport Affairs, Margus Rahuoja
  • WTTC, CEO, David Scowsill
  • IAG, CEO, Willie Walsh
  • Aer Lingus, CEO, Christophe Mueller
  • Ethiopian, CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam  
  • Lufthansa, SVP Chief Strategy Officer, Sadiq Gilani  
  • Air Line Pilots Association, Senior Attorney, Russell Bailey 

13.15: Lunch

14.15: The legitimate role of unions in the airlines’ future

Unions come in for a great deal of criticism and high cost environments are attributed to continuous demands for pay increases. In the US 70% of airline employees are unionised, more than any other industry. But unions can play an important stabilising role and the influence is not all bad. As the operating environment changes rapidly, can unions adjust to new norms and support their employers in weathering the inevitable storms?

  • Are unions all bad? How can they help management?
  • Do they all want to maintain the status quo? And increase wages?
  • Do pilots need protection from cost-push exploitations?
  • What is the broad role of today’s aviation union? Have they helped their own causes?
  • Is there a legitimate role for alliance unions?

Panellists:

  • Moderator: Barry Humphreys
  • European Cockpit Association, Vice-President, Jon Horne
  • Air Line Pilots Association, President, Lee Moak 
  • IAG, CEO, Willie Walsh
  • Aer Lingus, CEO, Christophe Mueller 

15.40: Conference close 

* Agenda subject to change 

With thanks to our Event partners

 

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