World Routes 2019

The 25th World Route Development Forum

Adelaide, Australia
21 - 24 September 2019

Conference Programme

Sunday, 22 September 2019

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    Routes Opening Address

    Steven Small, Brand Director, Routes

    Hear more about why Routes is taking place in Adelaide as well as what you can expect over the course of the event.

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    CEO Keynote Interview: Tigerair Australia

    How Merren McArthur aims to build an innovative airline

    Merren McArthur, Chief Executive Officer, Tigerair Australia

    Hear directly from Tigerair Australia’s CEO, Merren McArthur, as she discusses the growing carrier’s future strategy.

    Over the past 10 years McArthur has taken several leadership positions at Virgin Australia: running its regional airline, setting up its cargo division and heading up the airline’s alliance network.

    McArthur joined what was then Virgin Blue in 2008, when it was run by Brett Godfrey. She has always been attracted to “challenger brands” and Virgin fitted the bill.

    One of the aspects of running Tigerair that appealed to her was the innovation underway in the airline designed to help lower its costs but improve customer experience.

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    CEO Keynote Interview: airBaltic

    How the carrier plans to grow to 15 million passengers by 2025

    Hear directly from airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss as he discusses the growing carrier’s future strategy.

    airBaltic is one of Europe's fastest-growing carriers and is currently on a trajectory to 15 million passengers.

    The airline already flies to more than 70 destinations, and with in excess of 20 codeshare partnerships, 300 destinations are within one stop.

    Martin Gauss joins us to outline how airBaltic aims to grow its network from its heartland in the Baltics and beyond, and how its transition to an all-A220 fleet will enable it to target even more airports for routes and bases.

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    Panel discussion: Soaring through the glass ceiling

    Exploring best practices in advancing women in aviation

    Women have made great strides in many professional fields and industries but there remains a gap at the leadership level. As an example, fewer than one quarter of the American aerospace workforce are women, with an even smaller percentage in leadership roles. More can and should be done to enable the advancement of women into important leadership roles in the global aviation and aerospace sector. 

    Five stakeholder organisations in the aviation and aerospace industry have joined forces to identify and promote means by which the aviation and aerospace industry can more effectively recruit and advance women into leadership roles. 

    With the study released in the second quarter of 2019, this session will represent the key sectors within the industry and bring complementary knowledge of the issues and opportunities for women in the industry globally.

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    Case Study

    A Traveler-Centric Approach to Improving Network Planning and Schedule Optimization

    Bayram Annakov, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, App in the Air

    App in the Air CEO Bayram Annakov will discuss a new, traveler-centric approach to network planning.

    Combining cross-airline booking data with traditional network planning significantly improves predictions of schedule changes.  Frequent flyer preferences, from airline and alliance to schedule and price, drive booking decisions.  App in the Air has analyzed tens of millions of multi-airline reservations to develop a model that simulates schedule changes and predicts market share using traveler's actual booking behavior.  By moving to a traveler-centric approach, App in the Air has been consistently able to achieve a high degree of accuracy when compared to actual Department of Transportation market share statistics.

    Bayram will also discuss specific cases, including the successful prediction of market share distribution after schedule changes by a major US airline.

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    CEO Keynote Interview: Saudia

    Taking on LCC competition to become a 200-aircraft airline

    Hear directly from Saudia’s CEO Jaan Albrecht as he discusses his latest challenge in aviation.

    Albrecht has been a key figure in the aviation industry, holding key positions in organisations such as Star Alliance in the capacity as CEO, and was also the former CEO of SunExpress and Austrian Airlines. Furthermore, he spent 28 years at Mexicana Airlines in numerous leadership positions.

    SAUDIA is currently in its 73rd year of operations, with more than 16,000 staff based in the airline's headquarters in Jeddah and globally.

    The airline is building towards a 200-aircraft fleet within the next two years. Around 80 have been introduced since the start of 2016, among them Boeing 777-300ERs and 787-9s as well as 20 regional-variant Airbus A330-300s, for which Saudia was the launch customer.

    Saudia is aiming to bring in the larger 787-10, taking three this year and seven in 2020, when it will also start receiving 35 A320neo and A321neo jets.

    Albrecht will share more about his lofty ambitions for the Saudi airline.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

* Please note like all events, the programme is subject to change.