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November 16, 2020

Wings of the Future — forum that could not be missed

Wings of the Future 2020
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Wings of the Future 2020
Dear colleagues!
On the 11th and 12th of November in Moscow the online international forum Wings of the Future 2020 was held. The region’s key air transport event provided its participants with rare opportunity to discuss the prospects of civil aviation, to feel how the air transport industry lives, to communicate remotely with its leaders, with colleagues and friends.

The online format made it possible to significantly expand the audience of the Wings of the Future forum (in two days almost 800 air transport professionals, with a record number of representatives of airlines and airports took part in it), as well as to assemble a star team of speakers from around the world.

World air transport is undergoing an unseen crisis, unprecedented both for reasons that lie entirely outside the economy and for the scale of its impact on the industry. Nobody knows what scenario for the further development of the industry is to be implemented in reality. But civil aviation does not remain a passive observer in this situation, it is an active participant instead. The transformation of the industry, for which the crisis turned out to be the most powerful driver, should serve as a springboard for future development. By discussing possible options and forming their own plans, participants of the air transport market themselves influence the choice of the future. This is precisely the mission of the 18th International Forum Wings of the Future.

The first day of the forum was devoted to global issues of air transport development in a new reality, changes in the aircraft market. During the interactive session the following speakers shared their vision and forecasts: Maribel Rodriguez, SVP Membership & Commercial of the World Travel & Tourism Council; Cesar Pereira, Vice President EMEA for Embraer Commercial Aviation; Javed Malik, Group Chief Operations Officer, Board Member, Executive Advisor to FTE, Transformation C Suite Member, AirAsia; Aboudy Nasser, Chief Commercial Officer at London Stansted Airport; Athar Husain Khan, Secretary General of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA); Dr. Ralf Gaffal, Managing Director of Munich Airport International; Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Management of the Latvian national carrier airBaltic; Thanos Pascalis, CEO of Greek airline Ellinair.
Cesar Pereira,
“I was looking forward to joining the Wings of the Future Forum, and my first ATO Conference. I just recently took responsibility for Russia and the CIS in my new EMEA role. While we all look forward to having real meetings again, I am grateful for this opportunity to share some of my views on what I believe to be a market of enormous potential.”
In the second half of the first day of the forum, speakers discussed the drivers of the restoration of the air transport market, among which digital transformation plays a significant role, and the importance of optimization and management of the airline fleet during the crisis period. These specialists shared their views with the participants: Dmitry Krasnov, Vice President for Russia and the CIS, SITA; Bernd Seitter, Vice President Eastern Europe, CheckMobile; Dr. Karlheinz Haag, Guest Professor at the University of Graz (Austria); Chris Markou, Head of Operational Cost Management, Flight Operations, IATA; Julien Franiatte, Head of Airbus Russia; Jorge A Molina, Marketing Director, the Boeing Company.

The second day of the forum, the 12th of November, was focused on the air transport market in Russia and Central Eurasia. Among the main topics were the prospects and ways of restoring the region's air market, the specifics of aviation financing and leasing, the economic state of airlines, and aircraft maintenance in a new reality. First, the results of the first day's hot talks were discussed by Boris Rybak, CEO, Infomost Consulting; Dmitry Mirgorodsky, Partner, Concuros; and Alexey Sinitskiy, Research and Development Director, Infomost Consulting. Then the audience was addressed by Jozsef Varadi, CEO of the European low-cost carrier Wizz Air; Yulia Rybakova, Advisor to the Head of Rostourism (The Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation); Natalya Nikitina, Partner, Head of Aviation Practice at the Moscow office of White & Case; Justin Benson, Partner, Head of Global Aviation Group, White & Case; Lukasz Laski, Aviation Finance Banker, Investec.
Natalya Nikitina,
White & Case
“This is one of the most notable events in the industry, useful for all participants in the aviation market in Russia and the CIS. An excellent platform for discussing current topics and exchanging views, including with renowned international experts.”
As always at the Wings of the Future forums, panel discussions with the participation of leading players of the air transport market attracted great interest of the participants. The first of them, The Economy of Airlines in a Crisis Period: What is the Safety Margin? was moderated by Ilya Kabachnik, Deputy General Director for Aviation and Space Insurance at AlfaStrakhovanie. The participants of the discussion were Konstantin Pyankov, Deputy Director for Strategy, S7 Group; Vladimir Gorbunov, General Director, Yakutia Airlines; Natalya Koshevar, Deputy General Director for External Relations, RusLine; Felix Kozlov, Member of Board of Directors, Jet Concierge Europe SIA.
Ilya Kabachnik,
“The spring assessment of the situation and forecasts of market recovery turned out to be too optimistic, the reality turned out to be much worse than those expectations. The summer rise was a reason for excessive optimism, but preliminary results for 10 months show a 51% fall in PKMs as compared to 2019 with a 39% decline in passenger numbers, which is one of the evidence of a significant drop in airline revenues. Now, when it became apparent that the recession will be long, we discussed what adjustments the airlines are making to their strategies.”
The second panel discussion, Ways of Development of the Air Transport Market in the Post-COVID-19 Era, was moderated by Sergey Koltovich, Member of Board of Directors of Magnitogorsk International Airport and Elista Airport, Forbes contributor. The discussion was attended by Dmitry Belokon, Vice President of Network and Fleet Management, Utair; Alexander Krutov, Deputy General Director for Commercial Activities, RusLine Airlines; Denis Pomerantsev, Deputy General Director for Finance, Smartavia Airlines.

The forum ended with a panel discussion MRO: Air Transport Engineering, where, answering the questions of Boris Rybak, CEO of Infomost Consulting, shared their opinion: Dmitry Zaitsev, Regional Director for Eastern Europe and the CIS, Lufthansa Technik; Maxim Pivovar, IT Director, S7 Technics; Ulmas Khamidov, Maintenance Planning Manager, Somon Air; Pavel Tereshchenkov, Technical Director, AZUR Air.
Dmitri Zaitsev,
Lufthansa Technik
“In the current challenging situation, we continue to focus on what we do best: Keeping aircraft flying and providing the most reliable technical aircraft services to our customers. Notwithstanding the crisis, our airline customers can rely on Lufthansa Technik. We are happy to discuss their needs and dedicated solutions at this year’s Wings of the Future Aviation Forum.”
Wings of the Future 2020
Award ceremony for young leaders
A significant event within the framework of the forum on November 12 was the online Wings of the Future award ceremony for young leaders of the air transport industry.

The prizes were awarded to talented young executives of airlines and airports — those who will shape the future of the air transport industry, the industry that has been and remains the vital link between people, countries and continents, despite all ongoing adversities.

This year’s award winners per nominations are:
Aircraft Flight Operations: Vasily Kirichenko, Captain А319 / A320/A321, S7 Airlines
Flight Safety: Alexander Schukin, Head of Research Group, Department for Aviation Incident Prevention and Flight Safety Management, Volga-Dnepr Moscow
Aviation Security: Lidiya Mironova, Deputy Head, Aviation Security Service, Ulyanovsk Airport
Ground Handling: Andrey Sorokin, Deputy Director for Ground Handling, S7 Airlines
Operations: Kirill Ermakov, Director, Quality Control Directorate, Sheremetyevo Hangling
Economy and Finances: Andrey Suryadny, Financial Director, RusLine
Commerce and Business Development: Nonna Golubeva, Commercial Director, Ulyanovsk Airport
Legal: Yuriy Polikutin, Lead Legal Adviser, Chita Airport; Ivan Pripisnov, Head of Legal Department, Sochi International Airport
Information Technology: Alexander Selyaev, Director, IT and Security Department, Red Wings
General partner to the Wings of the Future Award is SITA, one of the world’s technology leaders in creating information and telecommunication systems for the air transport industry.

The Wings of the Future International Forum was held by ATO Events, a leading organizer of professional events in the transport sector, with the support and participation of the General Insurance Partner of the Wings of the Future forum, AlfaStrakhovanie, and the forum’s partners — Lufthansa Technik, Embraer and White & Case. The general partner of the Wings of the Future award is SITA.
General insurance partner
Lufthansa Technik
Wings of the Future Award general sponsor
Olga Rybak
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