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This event will explore the most up-to-date developments currently influencing MRO, OEM and civil aviation industries. The conference will give you a unique opportunity to analyse the current market; future implications; challenges ahead and current drivers. Our diverse speaker line-up includes major carriers, key low cost carriers, MRO providers and OEM's. Network and return to your business fully updated on the current environment and future requirements.

Key Topics Include:

  • Strategies and developments within the low cost market - hear regional perspectives, future strategies and maintenance plans
  • Emerging solutions for the MRO market - what lean techniques can be incorporated? How do we drive innovation in MRO products? How do we implement advanced technologies?
  • Environmental challenges and solutions - what are the requirements for the MRO industry?
  • Regulatory Perspectives
  • An overview of the current MRO market, the growing role of OEM's in future MRO, manpower issues and regional direction and development of MRO

Our Expert Speaker Line Up Includes:

  • Bruce Hunter, General Manager, Operational Maintenance, British Airways
  • John Healey, Managing Director, Line Maintenance, American Airlines
  • Richard Dauncey, Director, Engineering, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines
  • Pavel Prhavc, Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering, Adria Airways
  • Marshall Barrand, Director, Sales Engineering, Flybe 
  • Migel Vas Pinto, Director, Maintenance and Engineering, Portugalia Airlines
  • Konstantin Essler, Managing Director, Austrian Airlines Technik - Braitislava s.r.o
  • Amir Ali, Chief Engineer, MRO, Business Development, Pakistan International Airlines
  • Dr Wolfgang Kortas, Senior Director, MRO Support Management, Airbus Customer Services
  • David Stewart, Principal, AeroStrategy
  • Dr Chris Markou, Assistant Director, Engineering and Environment, IATA
  • Klaus Schmidt-Klyk, Director, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service, Lufthansa Technical Training

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Steffen Harpoth

Steffen Harpoth, President, SHC

9:10 Maintenance Issues and Future Goals

Bruce Hunter

Bruce Hunter, General Manager, Operational Maintenance, British Airways

  • Current strategy
  • Fleet size - how many aircraft are out there?
  • Plans for older aircraft and where they will go
  • Lean and PMA initiatives
  • 9:45 Challenges, Trends and Issues for the MRO Market

    David Stewart

    David Stewart, Principal, AeroStrategy

  • Overview of the current market
  • Future implications, challenges and issues for 2008
  • Implications for the MRO industry
  • What are the drivers for the MRO market?
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 From Legacy Carrier to Maintenance Provider

    John Healey

    John Healey, Managing Director, Line Maintenance, American Airlines

  • How has the US situation changed since recent regulation?
  • The impact of de-regulation, rapid growth, economic downturn and terrorism on the US industry
  • Future challenges - the next big jets and their impact on aircraft maintenance
  • American Airlines' strategic path to future proof the maintenance organisation
  • How American Airlines and maintenance are working with organised labour
  • Current position - outsourcing, legacy carriers, MRO's and the new low cost carriers
  • 11:25 Steering Maintenance Through Change

    Migel Vaz Pinto

    Migel Vaz Pinto, Director, Maintenance and Engineering, Portugalia Airlines

  • Integrating regional maintenance operations with a major airline
  • Adapting maintenance to a new environment
  • New commercial and financial focal points
  • 12:00 Overview of the Eastern European Market - Strategy and Challenges

    Pavel Prhavc

    Pavel Prhavc, Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering, Adria Airways

  • Overview of the local market
  • Future strategy for MRO's
  • The airline / MRO relationship
  • Outsourcing plans and requirements
  • 12:35 Networking Lunch

    13:55 The Future for a Low Cost Regional Carrier

  • Future maintenance plans - in house or outsource?
  • How we operate
  • Regional aircraft MRO facility
  • MRO issues for a regional low cost carrier
  • Marshall Barrand

    Marshall Barrand, Director, Sales Engineering, Flybe

    14:30 MRO Issues and Lessons Learned for a Low Cost Long Haul Operator

    Richard Dauncey

    Richard Dauncey, Director, Engineering, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines

  • Engineering business model
  • Challenges and lessons learned
  • MRO insights and initiatives
  • Future plans
  • 15:05 Can Small be Beautiful when it comes to Innovation in MRO Products?

    Peter Stokes

    Peter Stokes, CEO, STG Aerospace Ltd

  • The cost challenges for the aircraft industry
  • What is innovation and why is it important to the aviation industry
  • The benefits of being small when it comes to driving innovation
  • What are the new technologies and how are they relevant in security application
  • Typical applications and the benefits
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Streamlining MRO through Automation

    Les Hine

    Les Hine, President, Mxi Technologies

  • Use of automation and business support tools within an intelligent maitenance management system
  • Implementing advanced technologies
  • Improving productivity of maintenance professionals
  • Increasing fleet size or in-sourced MRO work without increased labour costs
  • 16:45 The Electronic Techlog: Key to Future Maintenance Efficiencies?

    Nick Godwin

    Nick Godwin, Marketing Director, Civil Aviation, Data Systems & Solutions

  • Timely, accurate technical log data is key to new efficiences
  • New ETL technology can be integrated into EFBs and MRO systems
  • Powerful web-based decision support systems give a new business case
  • Implementation is key: what are the merits of Class 1 vs Class 2 devices
  • Will asset optimization centres be the future?
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:30 Drinks Reception

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ian Harbison

    Ian Harbison, Editor, MRO Management

    9:10 Lean as an Essential Integrated Module in MRO

    Amir Ali

    Amir Ali, Chief Engineer MRO, Business Development, Pakistan International Airlines

  • Why lean MRO?
  • Making MRO more cost competitive using lean
  • Making the lean change a real success
  • 9:45 Lean for MRO

    Dr Glenn Parry

    Dr Glenn Parry, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bath School of Management

  • The Lean story
  • Challenges ahead
  • Issues for consideration
  • Key lean messages for the MRO industry
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Requirements for the MRO Industry

    Francois-Xavier Hussenet

    Francois-Xavier Hussenet, Marketing Manager, Snecma

  • Environment: A global issue
  • Taking into account the environmental issues during the whole engine life
  • Some "green" initiatives
  • MRO implication
  • 11:25 Aviation Regulation - Latest Developments and Impact for Industry

    Neil Williams

    Neil Williams, Section Leader, Chief Surveyor's Office, Technical Support Section, Survey Department, Civil Aviation Authority, UK

  • Falling in line with European legislation - UK position at present
  • Recent developments
  • Non expiring Certificate of Airworthiness
  • Airworthiness Review Certificate
  • Implications for industry
  • 12:00 Aviation Regulation and Costs - Improving the Airline Industry's Efficiency

    Dr Chris Markou

    Dr Chris Markou, Assistant Director, Engineering and Environment, IATA

  • Regulatory requirements for the aviation industry
  • Overview of current regulation
  • IATA initiatives status on improving efficiencies
  • Identifying, capturing and controlling costs
  • 12:35 Networking Lunch

    14:05 The MRO Market

    Jeremy Chan

    Jeremy Chan, Deputy President, Marketing and Total Aviation Support , Singapore Technologies Aerospace

  • MRO in the future
  • MRO services
  • Future MRO requirements
  • Cost reduction and steps taken to reduce costs for MRO industry
  • 14:40 The Role of Aircraft Manufacturers in Future MRO

    Dr Wolfgang Kortas

    Dr Wolfgang Kortas, Senior Director, MRO Support Management, Airbus Customer Services

  • Update on activities
  • How are aircraft manufacturers getting involved in MRO?
  • As OEMs enter further into the MRO market, how will they work together with MROs and equipment suppliers?
  • To which extent will it affect airlines?
  • New technology changes - how will this affect the MRO?
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Manpower Demand to Maintain the Civil Jet Aircraft Fleet in the Future

    Klaus Schmidt-Klyk

    Klaus Schmidt-Klyk, Director, Marketing, Sales & Customer Service, Lufthansa Technical Training

  • Are airlines and MRO providers able to source the required number of sufficiently qualified personnel?
  • Are the established training providers able to win the race for talent?
  • Are existing training concepts sufficient to properly qualify the candidates to maintain new technology aircraft like the A380 and B787?
  • 16:20 MRO Development in New EU Member Countries and the CEE Region

    Konstantin Essler

    Konstantin Essler, Managing Director, Austrian Airlines Technik - Bratislava s.r.o

  • Today's market demands within Europe
  • Challenges and chances
  • Joint challenges versus pure national developments
  • Visionary view to the future of MRO developments
  • 16:55 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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