Future Flying Fourm 2021

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


Day Two - 11 November (All times are GMT)

At-a-glance →

13:00 - 13:10

Welcome Back

Joanna Bailey
Editor, Simple Flying

Jon Howell
CEO & Founder, AviaDev



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: 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: 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



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: 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: 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

Moderated by:

Juraj Toth
Managing Director, AviaDev Europe

15:05 - 15:50


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



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: 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: 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


Simple Flying Aviation Geek Quiz

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