AIR Convention Asia 2021

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3 Days
1000+ Global aviation
50+ Countries


1000+ attendees from 50+ countries with 500+ decision-makers from 100+ airlines. The event will also welcome high profile representatives of airports, MROs, Finance & Leasing companies and many other industry professionals. The conference panels will feature 100+ speakers from leading industry sectors.

Sponsors 2020

Attending Airlines 2020

air asia airlines
vietjet air
asia air convention etihad
asia nokair airlines
united airlines airconvention asia
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Speakers 2020

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Chula Sukmanop, Ph.d.

Holding a Ph.D in Maritime Law of Admiralty, Chula Sukmanop is currently leading a position of Director – General in Department of Airports and Acting Director-General of The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. Previously, Chula Sukmanop has been the General of Office of Transport, Traffic Policy and Planning, and General of Ministry of Transport. He also represents Board of Director, Port Authority of Thailand and Board of Director in Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand.

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Gediminas Žiemelis
Chairman of the Board

Gediminas Žiemelis – global aviation expert and visionary entrepreneur, twice awarded by Aviation Week as one of the 40 most talented leaders in the global aerospace industry. Currently, Mr. Žiemelis holds the role as the Chairman of the Board at Avia Solutions Group – an international aviation holding company with 76 subsidiaries worldwide. In recent years Gediminas has as well led and consulted aircraft leasing and trading business for transactions worth in total 2 billion US dollars. Mr. Žiemelis leadership skills were also recognized by the European Business Awards, where he received the award in the entrepreneurship category for his visionary inspiration and innovative approach to proactive aviation business development.

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Andreas Jahnke

Dr. Andreas Jahnke is the CEO of Lufthansa Consulting, based in Frankfurt. Besides his overarching responsibility, he supports airlines, airports and investor groups mainly in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Most recently, he has been supporting governments to restructure legacy carriers facing strong competition from low cost airlines. He has a background in management consulting in various industries, with a strong focus on developing strategic concepts and implementing process improvements. In addition, he gained his experience in different line functions for international companies with a focus on logistics, IT, retail and the aviation industry.

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Richard Stephenson OBE
Communications Director, UK Civil Aviation Authority, Operation Matterhorn

Richard joined the CAA in 2015 as communications director where he leads the multi-award winning strategic communications function and has overseen a number of major issues and crisis situations, including the repatriation of both Monarch and Thomas Cook passengers. He has held senior communications roles in high profile businesses including as group strategic communications advisor at Centrica plc, director of corporate affairs at AXA and group director of public relations at Royal Mail Group, following 10 years working in agencies including Citigate Dewe Rogerson and Smithfield. Richard was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2019 for his public and charitable service. He was also named as the ‘Communications Professional of the Year’ by CorpComms Magazine in November 2019. Richard has been a prolific charity fundraiser and has climbed Kilimanjaro and traversed New Zealand and the Arctic for good causes. Richard has served in many roles supporting a range of charities, including as the chairman of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home corporate engagement board and is currently the honorary president of Kids Count and also chairman of the John Adams Society, the US State Department’s alumni association in the UK.

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Steve Smith
Vice President and Head of Global Sales

Steve Smith is a 38-year airline industry veteran who has held numerous key positions in sales and marketing throughout his career. Now, in his new role of Vice President and Head of Global Sales of Japan Airlines, he works closely with the airline’s corporate sales teams throughout the world, primarily with the Global Corporate and T.M.C. channels to generate premium business, and he also works closely with JAL’s Joint Business Partners throughout the world. Before joining Japan Airlines, Steve spent 25 years with Delta Air Lines holding several leadership positions including Managing Director for Worldwide Sales at the airline’s Atlanta Headquarters in 2001. Previous to that assignment, he was Director of Sales and Marketing for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, while based in London.

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Frederic Dupont
Vice President of Technical Sales & Customer Service

Frederic Dupont is Vice President of Technical Sales & Customer Service at Etihad Engineering. He is responsible for defining the strategic roadmap and ensuring that commercial targets are met across various services streams of Etihad Engineering while driving the highest level of customer satisfaction. Before joining Etihad Engineering, Frederic was leading Mubadala Aerospace MRO Network as Senior Vice President Global Sales. He spent 15 years at Pratt & Whitney Large Commercial Engines in Connecticut, the USA where he held various positions of increasing responsibilities in the fields of Programs, Sales and Customer Support. He also spent 5 years as Head of the Pratt & Whitney Global Engine Services Sales Group driving double-digit growth across a portfolio of seven Engine Centres worldwide delivering more than 1,000 shop visits yearly.

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Ravinder Pal Singh
Chief Information and Innovation Officer

Ravinder Pal Singh (Ravi) is an Award Winning Technologist, Rescue Pilot and Investor with over 50+ global recognition and 17 Patents. His body of work, mostly 1st in the world are making a difference within acute constraints of culture and cash via commodity technology. He has been acknowledged as world’s top 25 CIO and top 10 Robotics Designer in 2018.
Ravi is a Harvard alumni, global speaker and has delivered over 100+ lectures and papers in Asia, Europe, USA and Africa in 2019-20. Ravi is advisor to board of 9 enterprises where incubation and differentiation is a core necessity and challenge. He sits on the advisory council of 3 global research firms where he contributes in predicting practical future automation use cases and respective technologies.

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Roman Bokeria
Director General

Holding an MBA in Finance & Real Estate Investments, Roman Bokeria is currently leading a position of Director General for the national air company of Georgia “Georgian Airways”.  Mr. Bokeria has diplomas of Law and Bank Management.

Residing in the USA, he held various positions in private sector and public agencies. He was a CEO of Miami Red Square Realty. While working in Miami, his name was associated with many projects of Trump International. Roman Bokeria graduated from the Faculty of World Economics and Banking (St. Petersburg); continued to study at Tbilisi State University in Business Law; received education in Florida State – University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business.

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Joseph Makonise

Joseph Makonise was appointed acting Chief Executive Officer for the national flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe in 2017 on the back of his vast experience in the airline industry spanning over 35 years. Joseph has broad expertise with a longer tenure spent heading different sections in the operations and engineering departments that have contributed immensely to the national Airline’s impeccable safety record. During this time, the national Airline received commendations of excellence from Boeing as well as becoming the first Airline in Africa to successfully execute a Strut Improvement program on the B767-200ER. Joseph Makonise was recently awarded Gold winner of the Resilient Personality of the Year 2019 Award by the Megafest Business Awards in Harare, for his sterling efforts in ensuring a sustained going-concern status of the National Airline as it navigates the turbulent economic environment.

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Patee Sarasin
Former CEO and Vice Chairman

Patee Sarasin is aviation and travel industry pioneer. With educational background in business administration and mass communication, he launched career in advertising agency Lintas in 1983, then worked with NBC, the U.S. television network. In 1992, Patee was appointed CEO of Bates Advertising Thailand, which under his management became the fastest growing advertising agency in Thailand. In 2004, Patee became CEO of a new airline Nok Air. Under Patee’s leadership, Nok Air saw rapid growth in terms of revenue, passenger numbers and destinations, becoming a renowned innovator in the low cost market. Leaving Nok Air in mid-2017, Patee is now involved in a range of aviation, travel and entertainment enterprises, grouped together under his DDG International group, based in Bangkok.

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Siddhartha Butalia
Chief Marketing Officer, India

Siddhartha Butalia is Chief Marketing Officer of AirAsia India, an AirAsia Investment and Tata Sons JV. He has an MBA in Marketing & Strategy, is a post-graduate in Mass Communication and graduated with Honours in Economics from Delhi University. Siddhartha is a published author, a futurist and seasoned speaker on travel & tourism at seminars across the world. Siddhartha began his career in advertising at Ogilvy and JWT, working on campaigns that won awards at Cannes and the Asia Pacific AdFest and managing accounts like Unilever and Nestlé. As a Tata Administrative Services Officer, he developed the internationalisation strategy for the ‘Tata’ brand in the US, UK, China & Africa; was Brand Manager for Tetley Tea in the UK; and Marketing Director at Taj hotels in London and Mumbai, where he launched the Vivanta brand (now a Harvard Case Study) and contributed to the Tata group’s European Union agenda.


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Victor Vieira Dos Santos
Marketing Director, Asia Pacific

Victor is the Marketing Director at Embraer Commercial Aviation Asia Pacific, responsible for maximizing the potential impact of commercial aircraft sales campaigns within the Asia Pacific region. He has been working at Embraer for more than 10 years. He started as a market analyst in the Market Intelligence Department and later became Senior Strategist, responsible for long-term market research, competitive positioning, strategic marketing initiatives and assessment of market demand for current and new products. Prior to the current position, he was the Head of Market Strategy leading the development, communication and execution for the organization’s global strategic planning.

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Spencer Lee
Chief Executive Officer

Spencer was appointed CEO of BIGLIFE, the company that operates AirAsia’s loyalty programme, in end 2018. He joined the AirAsia group in 2006, serving AirAsia with several key roles under his belt.

In 2015, Spencer took on the role of Commercial Director of AirAsia Malaysia, overseeing multiple portfolios including marketing, sales and distribution, digital, ancillary, government relations, revenue management, partnerships and loyalty. His zeal has led him to pioneer key projects within the group, including setting up the airline’s first loyalty programme – AirAsia BIG – a key milestone in his professional career. Other successful projects include establishing the ancillary income department within the company and launching new financial products, such as co-branded cards in partnership with regional banks. In the last 2 years of his service in the capacity of Commercial Director, he grew the commercial revenue by 258% with only 121% capacity increase.

With 13 years of experience, Spencer now holds responsibility to transform the AirAsia BIG loyalty programme into a comprehensive lifestyle platform, rewarding BIG Members in more ways than one with BIG Points, today’s universal digital currency. Under his leadership, in the short span of one year, the company’s revenue increased remarkably by almost 60% compared to the year before.

Spencer is also a member of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and Malaysia Advertisers Association (MAA). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Curtin University of Technology, Australia and is a proud supporter of the Manchester United FC

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Daniel Bircher

Daniel Bircher is Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Airport International Asia and is accountable for Zurich Airport’s regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this role, he was Chief Operations Officer at the Aeroporto International de Belo Horizonte (Brazil) being accountable for the operations of Belo Horizonte International Airport. Mr. Bircher has been Director Operations with Bangalore International Airport (India) and earlier Head of Safety and member of the Zurich Airport Operations Management at Zurich Airport where he was also responsible for liaison with Swiss, European and International regulatory bodies. Mr. Bircher was a long-standing member of the ACI World Safety Technical Standing Committee and Chairman of the ACI World Operational Safety Subcommittee.

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Darius Kajokas

Darius Kajokas is a CEO and Board Member of Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world. Darius came to aviation in mid-2017 and brought his over 9 years’ experience in finance working for some of the world’s and region’s leading companies in the fields of FMCG, pharmacy as well as one of the Big Four firms. Darius has acquired vast international experience and built global expertise in areas such as corporate finance, strategic planning and strategy implementation and negotiations. Darius holds an MBA of Financial Economics from Rotterdam University.

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Nitin Sethi
Vice President Digital

Nitin brings with him a rich experience in product design and digital customer experience, which he has acquired over the last 19 years across leading internet and digital platform companies in India. He is currently leading the Digital Transformation for IndiGo and has previously built and scaled,,, Indiatimes, Rediff, and Bharti Airtel. He specializes in leading multi-functional teams and establishing the best user experience practices and processes across organizations. He is an expert in crafting loveable Omnichannel experience for consumers through simple and usable products basis insights on their personas and buying behaviours. Nitin mentors many start-ups and has invested in a few of them, as well. He also likes to speak on Design Thinking and Digital Transformation on many public forums and has authored several articles on the topic.

Nitin has won the ‘Design-led Entrepreneurship Award’ at TiE 2017, and was also awarded the ‘Karnataka Brand Leadership Award 2017.’ He got recognized as one of the top digital influencers and made it to the ‘Adobe Content 100 list’ for 2017 along with the ‘Adobe Digi100 list’ for 2018. He has been chosen as one of the Smartest Digital Marketing Leaders by World Digital Marketing Congress, and recently made it to DMAasia Top Digital Influencers list for 2019.

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Martynas Grigalavičius

Martynas Grigalavicius, CEO at FL Technics Asia and FL Technics Indonesia – newly developed MRO company in Jakarta. Martynas has over 20 years of successful Sales and Business Development experience in number of big International companies, including Airline and MRO companies. Martynas successfully developed two new MRO facilities – one in Europe under FL Technics company in accordance with EASA PART145 and one in Jakarta under FL Technics Indonesia in accordance with AMO 145. Currently running FL Technics Indonesia and FL Technics Asia, Thailand in CEO position.

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Tadas Goberis
CEO and Chairman of the Board

Tadas Goberis is Chairman of the Board and the CEO of AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation company engaged in commercial aircraft acquisition, leasing and sales. Under Tadas’ guidance, in only one year, the company has implemented projects worth $1 Billion and has been ranked as a worldwide TOP50 best-performing aviation lessor for the third time in a row.

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Rudi Seiberlich
Group CEO

1977-1982, Rudi Seiberlich established himself with Skytours in the Airline sector by joining Laker Airways, the first Low Cost carrier in the world. After we have been a Online Travel Agent and Tour Operator in Germany and the USA for many years, now service over 90 countries worldwide. In the last five years we developed a state of the art booking engine with features and intelligence that surpass any GDS today. From locating better fares and connections, to creating complex itineraries with up to 16 stops in a single booking, this innovative booking engine also offers virtual interlining between Low Cost and Legacy carriers. We also specialize in helping airlines sell unsold seats by integrating unsold flight segments into a larger itinerary involving two or more flight segments with other airlines.

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Koji Takahashi
Executive Officer

Mr. Takahashi is Executive Officer of Narita International Airport Corporation. He is especially engaged in network strategy of Narita airport. Prior to joining Narita Airport, he has a long experience in Japanese government in the domain of transport issues: civil aviation, tourism, international affairs, port, etc. He holds a LL.B. from University of Tokyo and MSc. from London School of Economics.

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The AIR Convention Asia conference will host 5 major talk panel streams with 100+ leading aviation industry experts to examine new business opportunities in Asia.

The biggest panel of the conference will overview the whole aviation industry, including current and future global trends and their effect on aviation, while also covering each sector of the industry:

  • Airlines
  • MROs
  • Airports
  • Aircraft & Engine Manufacturing

This panel will examine how the region’s growth affect the infrastructure and manufacturing of Asia and explore the ways business and governments deal with the growing demand for air travel in the continent. It will also cover innovative solutions in both infrastructure and manufacturing.

This panel will explore how does Asia‘s growth impact the economy, the finance sector and contemporary finance solutions, including emerging technology like blockchain, cryptocurrencies and more.

The panel will cover the growth of the middle class, appealing to younger generations of consumers, their changing purchasing habits, higher customer expectations for better service, new approaches to marketing and increased competitiveness of the market.

The panel will explore the emerging within the region HR solutions, their adaptation for the aviation sector, new trends in aviation workforce training and talent acquisition, as well as the ways to attract more talents to the aviation industry.

Conference agenda 2020


There is no better way to make your mark and connect with leading industry businesses than exhibiting at our event. The exhibition space provides a platform to network with industry professionals from not only all of the aviation sectors but other innovative industries. Stand out and maximize your business opportunities among 1000+ C-level representatives of industry giants in a space of over 1000+ m2 with 50+ exhibitors.

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Aviation Industry Awards

The international Aviation Industry Awards 2019 are here!

2019 the international  Aviation Industry Awards Asia recognized the best players in Asia’s aviation industry. From the outstanding business solutions to passenger satisfaction, the best of the best have been determined in two main awards categories – Business of the Year and Passenger Choice.

Winners 2019

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