05 Jan 2016

‘Air Transport in the 21st Century’ Conference looks at futures challenges and opportunities for Middle East Aviation

The Supreme Organising Committee for the Bahrain International Airshow today confirmed speakers for the ‘Air Transport in the 21st Century Conference’ which will be held on the second day of the show (22nd January 2016).

The first session of the conference will focus on Airlines and Passenger Experience and sees Kuwait Airways’ Philip Saunders; Qatar Airways’ Akbar Al Baker, Tamur Goudarzi-Pour from Lufthansa Middle East and Paul Byrne from Flymas confirmed as panellists discussing some of the major issues affecting Middle East carriers including increased competition, passenger experience, deregulation and the Open Skies agreement.

Session two will focus on Middle East Airports and Airspace and features a panellist of Middle East aviation industry experts including Ahmed Al Nemah from Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications’’ Civil Aviation Affairs, Richard Philips from Serco, Mohamed Yousif AlBinfalah from Bahrain Airport Company, John Swift from NATS, Alan Corner from Helio and Salvatore Scervo from Selex ES.

Speaking about the conference programme, His Excellency Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications for the Kingdom of Bahrain and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee for BIAS said, “In response to visitor and participant feedback we have created more networking opportunities than in any previous show, with an increased number of top-level executives from the international airline industry participating as speakers and trade delegations at the activities. This includes two conferences during the show: the ‘Air Transport in the 21st Century Conference’ which will be held on the second day of the show and will cover some the major issues affecting the Middle East aerospace industry, and an IATA seminar held on the third day of the show.”

Amanda Stainer, Commercial Director for Farnborough International Ltd, added, “With the show just a few weeks away, the programme for the conference is looking excellent. Space for the conference is limited so we urge visitors and participants to book their space at the earliest opportunity.”

Now in its fourth edition, BIAS is a focused global aviation event providing its elite list of aerospace business participants the opportunity for high-level networking in exclusive surroundings. With just 40 chalet participants and dedicated exhibition space, the event allows participants the opportunity to meet the extensive civil and military delegations invited as guests of HH Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa - HM the King's Personal Representative and Head of the Supreme Organising Committee of BIAS. All chalets are now sold with limited availability in the exhibition hall. Aircraft participation currently stands at over 90 aircraft including the Russian Knights, a Typhoon, the T129 ATAK helicopter for Turkish Aircraft Industries, and an F-22 for the USAF.

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  • Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications
  • Royal air force
  • Farnborough International