Over 20 years of heritage makes The Future of Air Transport one of the industry’s premier gathering places. 2015’s conference continued to host some of the industry’s most outspoken CEOs and covered the topics that matter most to airlines’ bottom lines.
Two packed days of in-depth presentations and extensive networking opportunities give you an edge over your competitors. A lengthy research process means we bring you the issues that matter most. In 2015, the conference discussed the controversy that continues to dog gulf carriers, hybrid airlines, the slowing decline of regional airlines and the latest technological innovations.
Why delegates attended in 2015:
Key topics discussed:
Director, Office of International Aviation
U.S. Department of Transportation
Monday, 30th November 2015
Session One: Converging business models supporting growth
Trends begun years ago are bearing fruit throughout the aviation industry. Disciplined cost control has allowed some full service carriers to take the battle to low cost carriers and increasingly discerning passengers are forcing low cost carriers to reassess their model to become hybrid carriers. Despite this good news and dynamism margins are still tight and this session will look at the risks and opportunities that lie ahead for the industry.
- How far have full service carriers closed the cost gap with leading low cost carriers?
- Why have low cost carriers been forced to adopt elements of full service carriers’ models?
- Restructuring unprofitable airlines: has the industry turned a corner?
- Can hybrid airlines keep their costs under control while improving their service offering?
- Is full service carriers owning low cost subsidiaries a sustainable business model?
- Capacity discipline: will large order-books put downward pressure on profitability?
- Are alliances in decline? What other forms of cooperation are growing?
- To what extent are equity partnerships fundamentally changing air transport?
Exploring the future of the passenger aviation industry
- Why have full service carriers dominated long haul services?
- How will the airline industry change in the coming years?
- End-to-end services: what revenue opportunities are most easily distributed by an airline?
- Next steps for Norwegian and the industry: future routes and strategies
Session Two: Trends in aviation markets
- A period of stability? Will airlines maintain margins from lower oil prices
- How will record manufacturer order books translate into capacity and margin pressure?
- Consolidation continues: changing business environments
- Creating economic value: are airlines turning a corner?
- The importance of turnaround times for competitive advantage and cost saving
- Working with airports to get the most out of ground operations
- Matching the growth of airlines with infrastructure
Session Three: Equity Partnerships and Alliances
- How has the industry changes since Star Alliance was formed
- Making alliances and member airlines more customer-centric
- Embracing digital: creating a seamless experience for passengers
Session Four: Finding their niche: the future of small and medium airlines
- Towards disintegration or consolidation: where next for regional airlines?
- Improving load factors: managing capacity on short and medium-haul routes
- Cooperating with other airlines to generate more revenue
- Confronting competition from low cost carriers on key routes
- Increasing ancillary revenues: improving on-board revenue per passenger
- Prospects for acquisition and consolidation by larger full service carriers
- What will regional airlines look like in 10 years’ time?
Session Five: Enhancing passenger experience
- Getting the basics right: meeting passenger expectations for a loyalty programme
- Combining loyalty programmes after a merger: lessons for a consolidating industry
- How important is Lifemiles to AviancaTaca’s overall strategy for increasing revenue?
- Increasing share of wallet: what do airlines need to do differently?
- Why has the lucrative transatlantic market resisted low cost offerings for so long?
- Finding the right cabin configuration and achieving adequate load factors
- Maximising on board and off board ancillary revenues
- Will WOW air be able to protect itself from competition if it finds a successful model?
- Increase spend from existing customers and attracting new customer segments
- What impact has Emirates Holidays had on passenger growth for its parent airline?
- Distribution: taking advantage of different channels to boost holiday and flight bookings
- Expansion plans: adding destinations and new packages
Open skies: managing access to the skies fairly in North America
- Why do open skies continue to be so controversial?
- After the turbulence: the recent tranquillity of the US aviation market
- Integrating gulf airlines into the western hemisphere aviation market
- Negotiating access to Asian markets for US airlines
Tuesday, 1st December 2015
Session Six: Hybrid airlines and the growth in new business models
- Impact of technological trends and digital disruption
- Understanding the customer and creating new revenue opportunities
- Embracing innovation and moving towards new distribution channels
- Why is Ryanair investing so heavily in Digital Labs and innovation?
- Creating new revenue opportunities and finessing old ones through digital improvements
- Digital adaption: taking ideas from other airlines and industries
- Moving from catch-up to industry leader: where next for digital investment?
- Why are revenue models converging?
- Maxing out on-board revenue opportunities: best practice in cabin
- Pre-flight opportunities: what else are customers searching for when they book flights?
- Reaching customers post-flight: how can airlines add value after landing?
- Customer insight: improving conversion rates by offering relevant goods and services
- Finding partners: matching ancillary services to each airline’s brand promise
Session Seven: Distribution innovation
- Is mobile creating new bookings or moving people from other channels?
- Security concerns: are customers comfortable with mobile distribution?
- Which ancillary services are mobile customers more likely to purchase
- Next steps: managing special offers and more through an app
- The future of mobile distribution: will airlines ever go mobile first?
- Integrating other services with mobile distribution: improving mobile uptake
- New Distribution Capability: have IATA produced a step change or a small improvement?
- Travel agents: trends in leisure booking across the world
- Working with aggregators: what are the best ways to reach customers
- Managing travel disruptors: integrating with firms like Airbnb and Uber
- Are rapid changes in distribution channels now business as usual?
Session Eight: Digital innovation en route
- Bring your own device: can airlines engage passengers who entertain themselves?
- How can information from Wi-Fi connected devices best be used?
- Will early-window movies continue to attract passengers?
- What role will social media play in entertaining passengers in the future?
On-board Wi-Fi in the passenger rail industry
Session Nine: Giving the industry wings: government’s role in supporting aviation
- Managing 50,000 European flights daily by 2020
- Overcoming technological barriers to integrating air traffic management
- Improving efficiency, reducing fuel burn and noise impact
- Political challenges to rationalising airspace management
A truly global event, The Future of Air Transport attracts delegates from around the world. Companies that attended in 2015 include:
- Aalborg Airport AMBA
- Abu Dhabi Department of Transport
- Adria Airways
- Aer Lingus Group
- Air BP
- Air Canada
- Air France KLM
- Air New Zealand
- Amadeus Group
- Arthur D Little
- Asia Miles
- ASL Aviation Group
- Austrian Airlines Group
- Aviation Economics
- BH Airline
- Blue Air
- Bluebox Avionics
- Braathens Regional
- British Airways
- Brussels Airlines
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Chiltern Railways
- China Southern Airlines
- City University London
- Civil Aviation Authority
- Clece Airport Services
- Coyne Airways
- Dell Solutions
- Dublin Airport Authority
- Emirates Airline
- Estonian Air
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- First Air
- Fly 540
- FMI Air
- Gatwick Airport
- Gerard Daniels
- Global Institute of Aviation
- Go Air
- Gulf Air
- Hahn Air
- Hainan Airlines Co
- Heathrow Airport
- Helvetic Airways
- Hop Airlines
- HSBC Bank
- Iberia Airlines
- International Airlines Group
- Irish Aviation Authority
- J Clay Consulting
- Japan Airlines
- Jersey Airport
- LOT Polish Airlines
- Loyalty Advantage
- Lufthansa Airlines
- Lufthansa Consulting
- Lufthansa Systems
- Mega Maldives Air
- Middle East Airlines
- Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
- Norwegian Air Shuttle
- NRi Digital
- Oman Air
- Oslo Airport
- PA Consulting Group
- Regulatory DataCorp
- Rolls Royce
- Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate & Financial Markets
- Royal Jordanian Airlines
- Sabre Airline Solutions
- Sach Aviation Capital
- Salzburg Airport W A Mozart
- SAS Group
- SATA Air Acores
- Schiphol Group
- Shannon Airport
- South African Airways
- SR Technics Group
- Star Alliance Services
- Stavanger Airport
- Swiss International Airlines
- TAP Air Portugal
- Thales Communications
- The WheelTug
- Titan Airways
- TUI Travel
- Turkish Airlines
- U.S. Department of Transportation
- Virgin Atlantic Airways
- WELCOME Airport Services
- WOW Air