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Aviation Festival Asia 2017, where the aviation industry meets in Asia

Tatiana Rokou - 14 February 2017, 00:03

The 13th annual Aviation Festival Asia 2017 focuses on creating new ideas and strategies for the industry to meet current challenges and future growth.

SINGAPORE - Asia's aviation industry is the fastest growing in the world, with big forecasts for the passenger numbers in the region. This presents big opportunities for the players in the aviation space, be it airlines, airports, technology and solution providers.

The 13th annual Aviation Festival Asia 2017 focuses on creating new ideas and strategies for the industry to meet current challenges and future growth.

On 21 February 2017 at Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore, Aviation Festival Asia 2017 opens with a series of Keynote Interviews by Bloomberg, followed by a boardroom level panel discussion on Asia Pacific aviation outlook. We welcome the following panelists for the morning session:

  • Mauro Oretti, Vice President Marketing & Commercial Synergies, SkyTeam
  • Teerapol Chotichanapibal, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Thai Airways International
  • Le Hong Ha, Executive Vice President, Vietnam Airlines

Day one of the premium conference will close with 2 panel discussions. Firstly, we present some of the top Chinese airlines in a discussion - "China's aviation: Shifting the centre of gravity". Moderated by Travel Daily China, he will be joined by:

  • Zhu Meng, Deputy Senior Manager of E-commerce, Sales Department, Air China
  • Zhang Yubin, Vice President, Marketing Division, China Southern Airlines
  • Cathleen Jing Ba, Director, Branding, Sales & Marketing, Lucky Air

Secondly, we discuss one of the greatest changes facing Asia's aviation industry: "Embracing change: How can airlines thrive in the age of digital disruption?". Hosted by SimpliFlying, we will have the following experts speaking:

  • James Marshall, Vice President, Transport Partner Services (APAC), Expedia
  • Matt Hulen, Vertical Head - Travel, Financial Services, Auto - Southeast Asia, Facebook
  • Brooks Thomas, Communications Advisor, Southwest Airlines

On 22 February 2017, the focus is on Low-Cost Carriers which are gaining increasing attention globally. The morning keynote session will be moderated by IATA and some of Asia's top players:

  • Les Stephens, Chief Operating Officer, Jetstar Pacific
  • Emily Cho, Executive Vice President, Jin Air
  • Patee Sarasin, Chief Executive Officer, Nok Air
  • Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet
  • Stephen Wang, President, Spring Airlines

Across 2 days and 6 premium conferences, we will have over 120 speakers to discuss strategic issues on customer excellence, IT solutions, ancillary revenue, marketing and big data, human resource, full service airline profitability and low-cost airlines' business models.

A small sample of the confirmed speakers includes:

  • Declan Hogan, Chief Information Officer, AirAsia
  • Andrew Ward, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Guest Experience, airberlin
  • Matthias Koch, Vice President, Business Development and Commercial Partnerships, Air France
  • Yuko Yoshimura, Director, Service Innovations Innovation & IT Strategy, All Nippon Airways
  • Raj Andrade, Vice President – Business Development, Marketing & Strategy, Bangalore International Airport
  • Ping na Thalang, Human Resources Adviser, Bangkok Airways
  • Trevor Spinks, Head of Sales & Distribution, Budget Aviation Holding
  • David Hodges, Flying Training Manager, Airbus Flight Operations Department, Cathay Pacific Air
  • Javed Malik, Vice President -- Global Airport Services, Jet Airways
  • Yoshihiro Morii, Chief Commercial Officer, Peach Aviation
  • James Thong, Managing Director, Consultancy, Changi Airports International
  • Eve Liebetrau, Executive Manager of Human Resource, Comair
  • Mahesh Gupta, General Manager, Enterprise Mobility, Delta Air Lines
  • Denny Permana, Vice President of Information Technology and Strategy, Garuda Indonesia
  • Satyendra Pandey, General Manager, Strategy & Planning (CEO's office), Go Air
  • Lisa Anderson Goode, Senior Director Social Business Communication & Outreach, Southwest Airlines
  • Steven Greenway, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, U-FLY Alliance
  • Desmond Lin, Director, VietJetAir
  • Yang Teng, Deputy General Manager of Marketing & Sales Department, West Air
  • Mio Yamamuro, Senior Executive Vice President, Vanilla Air
  • Ravinder Pal Singh (Ravi), Chief Information & Innovation Officer, Vistara (TATA SIA Airlines Limited)

Besides the conference, the exhibition will see over 50 solution providers, 20 exhibiting airlines, an Airline University and Technology Showcase Sessions. Some of the exhibiting companies includes Rimowa, Heineken, Lufthansa Systems, JR Technologies, Fusion, Corgan, Fusion, RentalCars, OAG, Travelersbox, Conxxe, GoQuo, TravelPass, Philippines Department of Tourism and more. The exhibiting airlines include Air India, Lucky Air, Japan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, West Air, Bangkok Airways, Spring Airlines and more.

The two-day conference and exhibition is expected to gather over 1,500 aviation stakeholders from Asia-Pacific and beyond.

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