Airline Strategy Summit (AAS 08)

Venue: Sofitel St James

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Nov 17, 2008 End Date/Time: Nov 18, 2008
Registration Date: Nov 17, 2008
Early Registration Date: Sep 05, 2008
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17-18 November, 2008 – Sofitel St. James, London

2008 has been a head-spinning year so far – even by airline standards. After a handful of bankruptcies, a huge merger, volatile fuel costs, Open Skies, flight cuts, fare increases, growing strength from “new” regions like the Arabian Gulf and Russia and rising pressure to reduce carbon emissions, the only certainty is that you can throw out last year’s rulebook. Business models, marketing, aircraft utilisation, route planning – everything! – is changing fast. And when events move fast, better vision prevails.

With that in mind, Everest Events and the editors of Airline Weekly have assembled a fascinating programme with some of the industry’s best innovators to share insights and perspectives on where the industry is headed, what’s working and what’s not working. Is the low-cost model still viable in a high-cost world? How soon could engine technology reduce fuel consumption significantly? Is including airlines in emissions trading schemes advisable? What’s next for Open Skies? These are just some of the critical questions to be explored.

• Learn how some airlines and suppliers are not only surviving, but thriving, even despite current challenges
• Meet some of the foremost leaders from all kinds of airlines – low-cost and comprehensive, global and regional and from all areas of the world
• Beyond the obvious impacts of expensive oil and slowing economies, learn the little-noticed but important trends that are profoundly changing airline economics
• In recent years, values of almost all aircraft types have skyrocketed in tandem. Learn the specifics about the new decoupling that is now taking place

This event will be of interest to anyone working for airlines, airports, airline analysts, airline vendors, airline lawyers, airline consultants and government officials who set aviation policy or interact with airlines.

Meet these airline executives:
 Robert Crandall, former American Airlines Chairman and CEO
 Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines
 Alex Cruz, CEO of Clickair (and soon-to-be CEO of the combined Vueling)
 Jason Bitter, CEO of SkyEurope
 Pieter Elbers, SVP of Network, KLM
 Mike Rutter, COO, Flybe
 Barry Humphreys, Director of External Affairs & Route Development, Virgin Atlantic Airways
 Maurício Emboaba Moreira, Planning Director, GOL
 Anton Novak, Head of Environmental Affairs, Austrian Airlines

…and these airline industry leaders:
Alan Epstein, VP Technology and Environment, Pratt & Whitney
Gordon Locke, VP Airline Marketing & Strategy, Sabre Airline Solutions
Mario Formica, VP Marketing, ATR
Steve Jarvis, Managing Director, Avitas Europe
Philippe Poutissou, Director of Airline Analysis, Bombardier
Abyd Karmali, Head of Carbon Emissions, Merrill Lynch
Chris Dailey, Managing Officer, London, SH&E
Dan Edwards, EU Air Transport Directorate
 Hugh Somerville, Director, Sustainable Aviation Programme and former
Head of Environment, British Airways
Seth Kaplan, Managing Partner, Airline Weekly

Topics to be covered include:
 Low-Cost Carriers in a High-Cost World
 jetGreen: Are Airlines and Environmentalism Compatible
 High Oil Prices: Is There a Silver Lining in the Cloud?
 The Resurgence of Turboprops
 “Engine”eering a More Efficient Industry
 Open Skies: The Next Steps


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