Future Flying Fourm 2021

10 November 07:00 – 13:00 (GMT)
11 November 13:00 – 19:00 (GMT)
Virtual Event

Programme

Day One - 10 November (All times are GMT)

07:00 - 07:10

Welcome to Future Flying Forum

A brief welcome to our event

Joanna Bailey
Editor, Simple Flying

Jon Howell
CEO & Founder, AviaDev

FOCUS AREA:

OCEANIA

07:10 - 07:30

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Lockdowns and Pent-Up Demand

Closed borders have meant hot competition for regional routes in Australia, and REX has put up a brave fight at every opportunity. With lockdowns easing, borders opening, and pent-up demand flooding the market, what's the outlook for this bold, busy airline as we head into 2022?

The Hon John Sharp AM
Deputy Chairman. Regional Express (Rex)

Interviewed by

Joanna Bailey
Editor, Simple Flying

07:30 - 07:45

FIRESIDE CHAT: Challenges and opportunities for aviation in Asia Pacific

Philip Goh
Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific, IATA

07:45 - 08:30

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Preparing for recovery

Strict lockdowns, slow vaccination rollout, and a zero-Covid policy have put Australia in the unenviable position of becoming one of the last markets to recover. Brendan presents his white paper on the impact on Australia’s aviation market and opens the floor to questions from our delegates.

With

Brendan Sobie
Independent Analyst and Consultant, Sobie Aviation

07:45 - 08:30

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Ultra Long-Haul: An emerging business model accelerated by COVID-19

Pre-COVID, the aviation world was abuzz with talk of Project Sunrise and other ultra-long-haul activities. Has COVID slowed investment in these ground-breaking projects, or has it, in fact, made the business case even stronger? Explore this subject with an expert in this breakout session.

Linus Benjamin Bauer
Founder & Managing Director, Bauer Aviation Advisory

Moderated by

Tom Boon
Content Manager, Simple Flying

FOCUS AREA:

ASIA

08:30 - 08:50

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW:

08:50 - 09:00

Where are the number going? - Future Trends

Having been one of the regions to shut down first, Asia was also one of the first to begin demonstrating recovery. But then that changed too, as second and third waves curtailed demand. Where is Asian aviation now, and what do the numbers tell us about future flying trends?

John Grant
Partner, AviaDev Consult powered by MIDAS Aviation

09:00 - 09:45

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Trends - A deep dive

Love numbers? John Grant builds on his presentation and dives deeper into the data to see what can be revealed about the future flying trends in Asia and beyond. Ask questions, get involved.

John Grant
Partner, AviaDev Consult powered by MIDAS Aviation

09:00 - 09:45

Breakout

BREAKOUT: The Future of Loyalty Programs in the Airline Industry

Throughout the pandemic, loyalty programs became a lifeline the airline industry needed to survive. What is the role of loyalty programs in aviation now and what should we expect to see in the future?

Evert de Boer
Managing Director, On Point Loyalty

Moderated by:

Paula Thomas
Podcast Creator & Show Host, Let's Talk Loyalty

FOCUS AREA:

INDIA

09:45 - 10:05

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Indian Aviation - What's next?

India's popular full-service airline has set out ambitious targets for its future growth. We talk Dreamliners, destination and direction with the future CEO of Vistara and find out what the changing landscape of Indian aviation means for the future of flight in the country.

Vinod Kannan
Chief Commercial Officer, Vistara

Interviewed by:

Pranjal Pande
Lead Journalist - India, Simple Flying

10:05 - 10:20

PRESENTATION: India's Unbelievable Low-Cost Scene: The Present And The Future

Simple Flying’s own exceptional route analyst James Pearson takes a look at the incredible rise of low-cost carriers in India, how they’ve affected the market, and where the scene is headed in the future.

James Pearson
Routes Analyst, Simple Flying

10:20 - 11:05

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Changing the game: How low-earth orbit will shake up the inflight internet experience.

Smaller, lighter, faster to produce - low-Earth orbit satellites are pegged as the future of global connectivity. But what role will they play in aviation?

Ben Griffin
VP Mobility, OneWeb

Moderated by:

Maryann Simson
Independent Aviation Jornalist and Consultant

10:20 - 11:05

Breakout

BREAKOUT: The Future of Indian Aviation After COVID

2021 has been a formative year for Indian aviation, not least with the privatization of Air India. Is Jet coming back? Is Akasa going to succeed? Join us for this informal discussion on the future of Indian aviation.

Moderated by:

Pranjal Pande
Lead Journalist - India, Simple Flying

Gaurav Joshi
Journalist, Simple Flying

FOCUS AREA:

MIDDLE EAST

11:05 - 11:30

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Middle East

11:30 - 11:45

Middle East Focus Session

11:45 - 12:30

Breakout

BREAKOUT: The future of the A380 - does it have one outside of Dubai?

The past two years have not been kind to the giant of the skies. With some gone for good but others coming back, we ask the question - what does the future hold for the Airbus A380?

Andreas Spaeth
Independent Aviation Journalist

Moderated by:

Tom Boon
Content Manager, Simple Flying

11:45 - 12:30

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Shaping The Next Generation Of Premium Inflight Experience

Getting premium passengers back and keeping them there is a key challenge for airlines around the world. Perfecting the inflight experience is crucial to this. Explore how American Airlines is delivering more to its premium passengers to drive loyalty and revenue for the future.

Clarissa Sebastian
Managing Director, Premium Customer Experience, American Airlines

Moderated by:

Jay Singh
Deputy Content Manager & Lead Journalist, North America, Simple Flying

12:30 - 13:00

Quiz

Simple Flying Aviation Geek Quiz

Take part in this online quiz and see if you can beat some of our expert players!

Prizes to be won!

Day Two - 11 November (All times are GMT)

13:00 - 13:10

Welcome Back

Joanna Bailey
Editor, Simple Flying

Jon Howell
CEO & Founder, AviaDev

FOCUS AREA:

AFRICA

13:10 - 13:30

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Filing a flight plan to the future - Ethiopian Airlines

The benefits of diversification into cargo and maintenance have kept Ethiopian Airlines thriving. We will share details about the future Ethiopian fleet and what the airline has planned for future growth.

Tewolde Gebremariam
Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Interviewed by

Jon Howell
CEO & Founder, AviaDev

13:30 - 13:45

PRESENTATION: The future of African aviation

Africa has all the components necessary to build a robust and prosperous aviation industry. But for all the potential that exists in the region, Africa’s airlines still struggle to compete with overseas carriers. Sean takes a look at how the future of aviation in Africa is shaping up.

Sean Mendis
Aviation Expert

13:45 - 14:30

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Deep dive into Africa’s aviation future

Need more African aviation insight? This is the breakout for you. Sean welcomes Simple Flying’s own route analyst James Pearson to take a deep dive into the future of African aviation - join in and share your thoughts.

Sean Mendis
Aviation Expert

Moderated by:

James Pearson
Routes Analyst, Simple Flying

13:45 - 14:30

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Is African Aviation serious about combating climate change?

With all the challenges facing African aviation, where does dealing with CO2 come into it? Is it even fair to hold Africa airlines to the same standards as the rest of the world? Discuss this and much more with our experts.

Moderated by:

Linden Birns
Owner/MD, Plane Talking

FOCUS AREA:

EUROPE

14:30 - 14:50

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: EasyJet’s blueprint for the future

We'll be discussing the interesting partnership easyJet has with Deutsche Bahn, and how this sort of intermodality could be a blueprint for Europe's low-carbon future. As well as this, Sophie will highlight easyJet's innovative sustainability efforts and its route map to net-zero emissions.

Sophie Dekkers
CCO, easyjet

Interviewed by

Tom Boon
Content Manager, Simple Flying

14:50 - 15:05

PRESENTATION: Ultra Fan - The world's biggest engine

Future propulsion demands will see Rolls-Royce building the biggest engine the world has ever seen. Get an inside look at this massive engineering feat with the chief engineer working on the program.

Andrew Geer
Chief Engineer and Head of Programme - UltraFan, Rolls-Royce

15:05 - 15:50

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Getting it right - Diversity

airBaltic is one of the most gender-diverse airlines in the world. 50% of its employees and 45% of its leadership team are female, giving it the best balance in the industry. What can the rest of aviation learn from airBaltic for the future?

Martin Gauss
CEO, airBaltic

Alina Roscina
SVP Human Resources, airBaltic

15:05 - 15:50

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Can low cost long haul ever really work?

It’s been tried many times, but to little success - low-cost long-haul is a hard nut to crack. But that doesn’t stop airlines from trying - we see what’s going to make these challengers succeed where others have failed.

Bjørn Tore Larsen
CEO, Norse Atlantic Airways

Birgir Jonsson
CEO, PLAY

Moderated by:

Juraj Toth
Managing Director, AviaDev Europe

15:05 - 15:50

Breakout

BREAKOUT: SAF - A Solution For Today And Tomorrow

Sustainable Aviation Fuels have a key role to play in the short-term decarbonization of aviation. How far can this benefit go, what are the challenges facing the sector, and what are the hopes of one of the biggest suppliers in the industry?

Jonathan Wood
Vice President - Renewable Aviation, Neste

Moderated by:

Sumit Singh
Deputy Editor, Simple Flying

FOCUS AREA

AMERICAS

15:50 - 16:05

CEO Interview

16:05 - 16:25

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Embraer's big bet on sustainability

Embraer has planted its flag firmly in the sustainability stand, with some bold commitments for the future. We dig into the new strategies, new products and new challenges facing this bold OEM.

Arjan Meijer
President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation

Interviewed by

Joanna Bailey
Editor, Simple Flying

16:25 - 16:45

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Consolidation, Competition and Co-operation

Viva has shaken up the airwaves with some huge plans for expansion. The coming years will see more planes, more routes, and more expansion from this ambitious low-cost. But what’s next, and what does the future hold for Latin American aviation?

Felix Antelo
President and CEO, Viva Air

Interviewed by:

Daniel Martinez Garbuno
Lead Journalist - Latin America, Simple Flying

16:45 - 17:00

FIRESIDE CHAT: What does Latin America need for future success?

Where is Latin American aviation going, and what do its airlines need to succeed in the future?

José Ricardo Botelho
Executive Director and CEO, Latin American & Caribbean Air Transport Association

17:00 - 17:15

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: A bold startup - Northern Pacific Airways

What do Alaska, the Boeing 757, and Icelandair have in common? Why, Northern Pacific Airways, of course. With a plan to connect the lower 48 and East Asia with a stopover in Alaska, this is perhaps the most exciting startup aviation has seen for some years. We get under the skin of this fledgling carrier.

Rob McKinney
CEO, Northern Pacific Airways

Interviewed by:

Sumit Singh
Deputy Editor, Simple Flying

17:15 - 18:00

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Future Networks: Alaska Airlines in 2022 and Beyond

Building back better is all about picking the right routes at the right time. We take a look at where Alaska’s focus lies for the future.

Brett Catlin
Vice President - Networks and Alliances, Alaska Airlines

Moderated by:j

Jay Singh
Deputy Content Manager & Lead Journalist, North America, Simple Flying

17:15 - 18:00

Breakout

BREAKOUT: Introducing the Green passenger journey

Throughout the pandemic, Simpliflying has been a powerful resource of information with its daily briefings. Now, it’s set to turn a corner: Shashank reveals all.

Shashank Nigam
Founder and CEO, Simpliflying

18:00 - 18:30

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Defying all odds - Breeze Airways

Starting an airline in a pandemic is not for the faint of heart, but for this serial startup king, there was opportunity to be had in a crisis. We talk about Breeze's journey since launch, the arrival of its A220s and what the future looks like, as well as getting this expert veteran's outlook on the future of aviation everywhere.

David Neeleman
Founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Breeze Airways; Founder of JetBlue and Azul

Interviewed by:j

Joanna Bailey
Editor, Simple Flying

18:30 - 19:00

Quiz

Simple Flying Aviation Geek Quiz

Take part in this online quiz and see if you can beat some of our expert players!

Prizes to be won!