Top Airline Executives to Meet in Las Vegas for 2017 Boyd Group Summit

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The Wynn Las Vegas, this year's Summit venue.

From August 26 to 29, 350 airline and airport executives are congregating at Wynn Las Vegas for the 22nd Annual International Aviation Forecast Summit. Boyd Group International, an aviation research, forecast and consulting firm, said it is aiming to repeat the success of the 2014 and 2015 summits by hosting this year’s conference in Las Vegas once again. At the summit, more than 40 top aviation executives will be presenting their insights on the industry.

Michael Boyd, president of Boyd Group International, said, “The air transportation industry is rapidly changing, from new fleets, to new airline genres, to global carriers entering more US markets. The Summit is the only event that puts the past away and focuses entirely on the future.”

This year’s Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit plans to discuss current issues facing the industry, such as traffic forecasts, global airline fleet demand and ongoing trends in aviation today. Beyond the usual presentation and panels by airline industry CEOs, the summit’s unique discussion format will allow attendees to interact with presenting aviation executives.


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The event is co-hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the McCarran International Airport. The city of Las Vegas welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016; regarding these record-setting numbers, Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the LVCVA said, “As the destination invests billions into venues, events, and other infrastructure, the ability to grow the number of flights available and maintain competitive and affordable rates is essential. As we look to increase air service to Las Vegas, we know that once again hosting an aviation event of this caliber provides us the crucial opportunity to showcase the destination to airline executives.”

Just before the summit, the China-US Travel Opportunities Symposium will also take place. The pre-summit event, in its third year now will focus on industry opportunities to expand trade and traffic between the two nations and making venues more competitive for the 23 million Chinese visitors expected to visit the United States over the next five years.

Additional pertinent topics regarding the airline industry will be covered during this year’s optional Pre-Summit Workshop program. Speakers at the event this year are as follows:

Domestic Airline Speakers

  • United Airlines President, Scott Kirby
  • Spirit Airlines CEO, Robert Fornaro
  • Alaska Airlines CEO, Brad Tilden
  • Sun Country Airlines CEO, Jude Bricker
  • American Airlines Senior Vice President, Don Casey
  • Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, Andrew Watterson
  • Delta Air Lines Senior Vice President, Holden Shannon
  • Hawaiian Airlines Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Ingram
  • Allegiant Air Senior Vice President, Commercial, Lukas Johnson

International Airline Speakers

  • Air China Vice President and General Manager, Dr. Zhihang Chi
  • Korean Air Vice President, John Jackson
  • Japan Airlines Vice President and Global Head of Sales, Steve Smith
  • All Nippon Airways Vice President, Tadashi Matsushita
  • Cathay Pacific Vice President, Canada, Nick Hays
  • TAP Air Portugal Chief Commercial Officer, Trey Urbahn

Airport Speakers

  • McCarran International Airport Director of Aviation, Rosemary Vassiliadis
  • Memphis International Airport President & CEO, Scott Brockman

Industry Companies Speaking

  • Airlines for America
  • Sabre
  • Airbus
  • Boeing
  • Embraer
  • Bombardier
  • Boom Supersonic
  • Mitsubishi

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