During the 2021 APEX/IFSA EXPO at the Long Beach Convention Center in California, Inmarsat Aviation recorded its fourth edition of FlightPlan.
Under the banner “Forward Together,” Inmarsat Aviation hosted a range of in-person interviews from a glass-panelled studio at its booth on the exhibition show floor.
FlightPlan served as the official video platform for the APEX EXPO’s C-Suite Series, and each of the interviews are now available to watch on demand on the FlightPlan website.
Interviewees included Scott Kirby, CEO at United Airlines; Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy, CEO at SAUDIA and senior members of Inmarsat’s team.
On November 30, SAUDIA’s CEO Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy shared how important in-flight connectivity (IFC) will be in defining the carrier’s customer experience over the next five years.
United Airlines’ CEO Scott Kirby discussed how central sustainable aviation is when considering the industry’s plans for future growth. In particular, he mentioned the importance of leveraging carbon sequestration technology in addition to sustainable aviation fuels, electric aircraft and hydrogen fuel.
Meanwhile, APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader discussed a return to 2019 levels of attendance at EXPO in terms of airline numbers and how this will hopefully cause a resurgence of confidence and of certainty among suppliers.
On December 1, Niels Steenstrup, SVP of Inmarsat Aviation’s Inflight Connectivity Business, talked about the importance of IFC for customer satisfaction. In addition, David Coiley, Inmarsat’s VP Aviation, explored how lockdown has accelerated connectivity trends among airlines and the proliferation of contactless services in the cabin.
On December 2, Chris Rogerson, Inmarsat’s VP Global Sales, discussed Inmarsat’s OneFi platform, which offers airlines the ability to shape the customer experience using IFC. He also discussed the buildout of ORCHESTRA and Inmarsat’s ability to offer global coverage, building capacity when and where airlines need it.
The idea for the FlightPlan virtual broadcasts were conceived by Inmarsat Aviation during the early days of the pandemic/ The aim is to bring the industry together and share insights and direction from aviation leaders, analysts, and expert commentators.