FlightPlan Reconvenes to Explore Strategies for Aviation’s Recovery



Against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the existential challenges facing the aviation sector will be put under the spotlight as FlightPlan reconvenes on November 10, 2020.

Bringing together thought leadership from across the air travel ecosystem, Flightplan, cohosted by APEX and Inmarsat, will scrutinize the latest industry analyses, and probe a range of strategies to spur recovery.

November’s event follows the ‘FlightPlan: Charting a Course for the Future,’ which livestreamed in April during the onset of the crisis when most of the world’s fleets were grounded, save for repatriation, food-supply and PPE flights. The inaugural FlightPlan event garnered widespread traction, captivating an audience of thousands from over 100 countries.

“FlightPlan provided the first aviation industry-wide virtual event in April and six months later, APEX looks forward to partnering with Inmarsat for this important follow-up,” said APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader.

With the protracted crisis now challenging the industry to its limits, ‘FlightPlan: Strategies for Recovery’ will enable leaders to virtually congregate via a combination of streamed interviews, virtual panels, live discussions and online audience participation. The goal is to explore the potential trajectories being proposed to enable aviation to transition from survival into recovery mode.  

“The event will delve into the solutions and strategies that will genuinely advance aviation into recovery,” Leader said. “We are moving into an era where blockade-like quarantines will be replaced with strongly validated testing. We are flying forward in a manner where, despite the challenges, our airline industry sees the light of returned success on the horizon for 2021.”

In addition to the quarantine versus testing debate, themes addressed during the event will include state of the industry analysis, the post-COVID passenger journey, strategies for reset and recovery, the new context of airline operations, sustainability and digital transformation. These cornerstones of the event’s comprehensive discourse will be complemented by the dissemination of findings from the largest global passenger confidence survey since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Keynote speakers from APEX, IATA, CAPA – Centre for Aviation, as well as prominent figures from a host of airlines including Aeromexico, Air China, Air France, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Oman Air, and Virgin Atlantic, will be presenting their perspectives on the status quo and their respective ‘flightplans’ for the turbulent months ahead.

Also participating will be Airbus, Boeing, Collins Aerospace, Deutsche Telekom, FlightRadar, Honeywell Aerospace, Panasonic Avionics, Rolls-Royce, SimpliFlying, and SITA FOR AIRCRAFT, together with media partners APEX Media, Gethin’s Inflight News, Globetrender, Inflight Magazine, Paxex.aero and Simple Flying.

“No industry has been hit as profoundly by the shock of this pandemic as commercial aviation,” said Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation, adding that the global impact has been “compounded by unpredictable national policies, uncertain passenger confidence and an unprecedented fall in demand – putting airlines under extraordinary pressure and dismantling the ecosystem that supports them.”

On a positive note, he emphasized that “time and time again, aviation has proven itself to be a more resilient industry than most, and once this pandemic is finally contained, airlines must be given a fighting chance to lead a global economic recovery by reconnecting the world. ‘FlightPlan: Strategies for Recovery’ returns on 10 November to give the industry a much-needed shot in the arm.”

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