AIR Convention Asia 2019

May 1st – 3rd, Bangkok, Thailand
InterContinental Bangkok

3 Days
1500+ Global aviation
50+ Countries


1500+ Attendees from 50+ countries with 100+ C-level representatives from airlines. The event will also welcome high profile reps of airports, MROs, Finance & Leasing companies and many more industry professionals. The conference panels will also feature 100+ speakers from leading industry sectors.

Attending Airlines

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asia delta airlines
virgin austalia
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FinnAir logo
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vietjet air
flydubai airlines
pal express airlines
smile airlines
asia nokair airlines
air astana logo
American airlines logo
All Attendees


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Stefan Molnar
General Manager Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam & the Mekong Region

Stefan Molnar was appointed General Manager Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and the Mekong Region for Lufthansa Group Airlines in May 2017. Based at the Lufthansa Group Thailand office in Bangkok, Mr. Molnar is responsible for overseeing all sales activities for Lufthansa Group (Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa German Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines) passenger business in Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam.

Coming from the travel trade, Stefan Molnar started his professional career with Austrian Airlines AG in 1999. In a professional career with Austrian Airlines AG spanning over more than 14 years, the first nine years were in Austria followed by positions as General Manager Sales in Belarus and Ukraine. In 2014 he started his professional career with Deutsche Lufthansa AG as General Manager Sales for Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia. Before relocating to Bangkok for his current role, Mr. Molnar most recently was General Manager Sales Central Asia and Azerbaijan for Lufthansa based in Kazakhstan.

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Steven F. Udvar-Házy
Executive Chairman

Steven F. Udvar- Házy has more than 40 years of aviation industry experience, has been awarded numerous honorary doctorate degrees and been a recipient of plenty of awards including The Living Legends of Aviation Award, the ISTAT Award, the Air Force Vandenberg Award, Officier de la Légion d’Honneur awarded by the Republic of France and many more. With five decades of experience, the living legend of aviation comes to share his insights into the industry at AIR 2019

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Suresh Nair
General Manager-India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh

Suresh Nair has more than 30 years of airline top management experience in all areas of the Airline business. Presently General Manager-India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh for AirAsia Berhad, he is involved in the International operations of the airline in this region. Mr. Nair played a key role in starting operations to 12 stations in India for AirAsia. He holds an MBA from Cochin University School of Management Studies after which Nair got a Chevening Scholarship to do Advanced Management at Manchester Business School.

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Thomas Gunther
Manager Customer Service

Thomas Gunther the Manager of Customer Service at American Airlines is an experienced customer service manager with extensive experience within airport operations (ramp and customer service) as well as Inflight seeking new opportunities within multinational organizations. Mr. Gunther has experience with airport operations, front-line leadership, union/leadership collaboration, technical writing/communication, training/compliance and curriculum development, risk assessment/safety management, project management, and event organization. He has a Masters from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Global Management and undergraduate from the University of Texas.

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Jeyhun Efendi
Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations / Ecommerce

Mr. Efendi is experienced Vice President Of Commercial Operations and Ecommerce with a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation industry. He started working in Emirates back in 1997, where he spent 12 years working his way up to Thailand and Indochina area manager, now Mr. Efendi is Senior Vice President Commercial Operations & Ecommerce at flydubai. He holds a Master‘s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Economics from Bradford University.

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Nils Hamsa
Head of Talent Acquisition, Mobilization and L&D

Nils Hamsa leads the recruitment efforts at flydubai based in the United Arab Emirates. Nils has spent the last 3 years designing, building and enhancing the best in class recruitment techniques using the latest technology and online assessment testing tools. Prior to flydubai, Nils was the group head of recruitment for National Air Services a Saudi based aviation group where his journey began in aviation. Nils focuses on finding people that love what they do, be it marketing, IT, HR, piloting or providing service to passengers aboard flydubai’s flights. Now Mr. Hamsa will review the workforce market in 2018 and discuss the shortage of aviation professionals, future forecasts and possible solutions.

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Mohammad Ali Dada
Head of Group Internal Audit

Mohammad Ali Dada has significant experience in setting up, restructuring and change management of Internal Audit functions globally, conducting investigations and leading Internal Audit functions with a strong focus on adding measurable value to the business. Mr. Dada has a strong background in commercial aviation having led audit functions for multiple airlines, airport service related companies, MROs and loyalty programs.

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Birkan Guneralp

Having graduated with an Aeronautical Engineering degree in 2004, Birkan was employed by Turkish Airlines Technic within the same year. During his early years at the Company he took various positions in Line Maintenance department and later on 2010 he joined Turkish Airlines OCC team where he took a major role evolving then OCC into professional IOCC. During his position as MOCC Senior Manager and afterwards VP IOCC, he successfully digitalized workflows and developed major projects in order to seamlessly conduct operations of Turkish Airlines – the airline that flies to most countries in the world. In 2016 Birkan was appointed as SVP Aircraft Maintenance for Turkish Airlines Technic in its Istanbul Ataturk Airport facilities. During his two years of active duty, revenue has doubled and efficiency gain rate is measured as 27% for each year. On June of 2018 Birkan was promoted to his current role; SVP QA at Turkish Airlines Technic.

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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 notable career.  In 2006, Steve joined Japan Airlines to lead the carrier’s corporate and agency sales activities.  Now, in his new role of Vice President and Head of Global Sales, 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.

Prior to the Europe assignment, Steve was the regional director for sales and marketing for the Northeastern Region, including the New York City market. Steve has also led sales and marketing teams in important U.S. business markets such as Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Houston, and in key mid-markets such as Louisville, Tulsa and Jacksonville.

Steve is currently a member of the IATAN Board of Directors and also formerly served on the GBTA Aviation Committee as the International Airlines Representative. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, and a native of the sunshine state. He has personal interests in football, sailing, travel and golf.

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Susanna Halonen-Manner
VP Emergency Response

Susanna Halonen-Manner, Vice President Emergency Response, Norwegian Group Airlines since 2015. Currently a member of the Board of the Aviation Emergency Response Organization (AERO) in Washington DC.  Previous work history includes work in the field of emergency response for other airlines and airline alliance work primarily at strategic level. Susanna holds a degree in Master of Science in Economy and a MBA. Currently in process of finalizing a Master of Law degree at Helsinki University specializing in International Aviation Law.

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Julian Carr

Julian Carr is Aviation Director of Manchester Airport, where he oversees all air service development and airline management activities. Prior to this, he was Commercial Director of East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports whilst additionally holding responsibility for all cargo activity across the MAG Group. Before entering the airport business, Julian was a senior executive on the airline side of the table, having held positions as Managing Director of three airlines; Bmibaby, My TravelLite, and most recently Stobart Air. He also has international experience having been Head of Marketing and New Product development for IATA based out of their Montreal office, where he also worked on a variety of airline consultancy projects around the globe. He holds an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport, and is also a qualified private pilot.

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Peter Wiesner
Advisor to Board of Directors

Mr. Peter Wiesner has a long experience in the airlines industry. He worked in various management functions more than 30 years with Swissair. He has worked in 10 different countries on 4 continents. In May 2000, he was asked to work for Bangkok Airways as a Vice President – Marketing after retirement from Swiss Air.

At Bangkok Airways, Peter has contributed his extensive airline marketing knowledge and experience in establishing a number of marketing strategies particularly setting up Pricing Organization, which plays a major role in implementing and developing e-ticket distribution channels with all available GDS.

At the beginning of year 2010, Peter Wiesner has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Network Management. It includes Network Planning, Codeshare and Alliances, Traffic & Schedule Planning, Market Research, Product Management, Tariff & Pricing, and Revenue Management.

On 1st January 2016 he was nominated as Advisor to Board of Directors and Advisor – Network & Fleet Management, Bangkok Airways.

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Rami Hindieh
Associate Director

Rami Hindieh, in his role as an Associate Director of the Enterprise Data Management Office at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Rami is a key accountable member of the Senior Leadership team and is responsible for leading Toronto’s Pearson Airport to become a data centric driven operation by rationalizing information, processes, applications, systems, and people across multiple business lines and IT functions. He leads in the design and execution of the Enterprise Data Strategy and ensures the airport is aligned to the latest trends in leveraging data as a key asset. An Engineer by background with over 15 years of leadership roles in the Enterprise Information Management, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics space, his prior work engagements were at major financial institutions where he headed departments with a data focus that involved delivering successful and value-add Business Intelligence solutions, Information Management strategies, and data governance frameworks.

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Johnson Hung
Special Assistant to Chairman Strategy & Business Development

Chien-Pu (Johnson) Hung, special assistant to Chairman of Air Asia Company Limited. Job role mainly focusing on strategy and business development with OEM and suppliers including both military and commercial sector. Latest project includes developing strategy for international expansion of Air Asia’s commercial MRO, and also design sales and marketing strategies.

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Sven Taubert
Corporate Innovation Manager & ZAL Site Manager

Sven Taubert, Lufthansa Technik’s Corporate Innovation Manager & ZAL Site Manager has nearly a decade of experience in avation. Mr. Taubert and his team are responsible to consult upper management to enable knowledge based and strategic decisions. Prior to his current role he was working as Corporate Innovation Manager, leading research & development projects, which have cross division or cross company impact.
Before joining Lufthansa Technik, Mr. Taubert worked on behalf of AIRBUS as well within the field of Cabin & Cargo innovation. Additionally to daily business Mr. Taubert is also involved with international bodies like IATA or SAE.

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Goutam Kundu
Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer

Goutam Kundu was appointed Chief Information Officer of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in June 2013. As CIO, he is responsible for all aspects of the Airports Authority’s IT strategy, infrastructure, systems, processes, and services.

Goutam’s executive career has been focused around leveraging new and existing technologies to deliver business value, boost revenue generation, and improve customer relationships in rapidly changing industries.  Throughout his continued tenure at the Airports Authority, Goutam has lead the team in consolidating the Authority’s technology footprint, developing veriScan—a biometric traveler verification product—and other distinctive in-house airport technology solutions while reinvesting in innovation and passenger-centric technologies.

Prior to his appointment with the Airports Authority, Goutam held executive leadership roles at the U.S. Mint, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Farm Bureau Insurance, and NIIT Technologies. Kundu earned a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and technology from the University of Calcutta.

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Carly Morris
Product Development Manager

After beginning her career in Corporate Banking, Trade & Working Capital at Barclays, Carly combined her experience in global trade with her lifelong interest in aviation, taking a role as Product Development Manager at IAG Cargo It is the cargo business behind British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level. Carly’s current role involves exploring the latest trends and developments in the logistics industry, developing ideas that will provide IAG Cargo’s clients with the best products to serve their needs.

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Aboudy Nasser
Chief Commercial Officer

Aboudy is the Chief Commercial Officer at London Stansted Airport, the fastest growing airport in the UK and on track to be the third largest airport in the UK with 29m passengers per year.  Before joining London Stansted, Aboudy spent more than 20 years in the airline business, where he held a number of senior Commercial positions in both full-service and low-cost airlines across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region.  Aboudy was previously Senior Vice President, Planning and Revenue Management at Oman Air, responsible for Network Planning, Revenue Management, Commercial Planning, Distribution, Ecommerce, and Ancillary revenue. Before that, Aboudy was the Group Head of Sales, Distribution and Ancillary revenue for all AOCs in the AirAsia group, having joined AirAsia after eight years as Head of Sales Strategy and Planning at Etihad Airways.

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Mihai Patrascu
General Manager

Mihai Patrascu has been the General Manager of Satu Mare Airport since June 2018. Mr. Patrascu has extensive experience in the aviation industry and has been working in airport management for over 10 years. Back in 2008 he was responsible for bringing Austrian Airlines to Baia Mare. Overall, Mr. Patrascu has increased general and business flights by over 300% during his time at Baia Mare Airport. Mr. Patrascu speaks 6 languages fluently and has written 8 books throughout his career.

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Rajkumar Paranthaman
Head of Marketing

Airline commercial professional with a unique blend of leading strategic group marketing for AirAsia, leading country marketing for Indian subcontinent and regonally managing country markets cross South East and North Asia markets.

Was a key member in launching AirAsia India which was opened for sale in record time of just 2 working days; fully leveraged social media, digial and PR for the quick turnaround. Have handled key turnaround projects for AirAsia Group affiliates, launches several new routes, grown capacity and have set up marketing teams.

Currently as head of marketing for AirAsia India, responsible for the P&L of Indian routes which includes routes operated by AirAsia India (i5), and the other group airlines (AK, FD & D7) operating into Indian subcontinent.

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The AIR Convention Asia conference will host 4 major talk panel streams with 100+ leading aviation industry experts to examine continent‘s economic boom and its influence on the growth of the middle class, consumer behavior, dealing with growing capacity, the importance of infrastructure and manufacturing to keep up with the growing pace of the region and how it all affects finance and banking.

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
  • Aviation Training

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.

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Aviation Industry Awards

The international Aviation Industry Awards 2019 are coming soon!

2018 awards honored the most inspired, creative and forward-thinking projects and companies in the whole aviation industry in two major sections of categories – Business and Innovation.

This year the international  Aviation Industry Awards Asia recognize the best players in Asia’s aviation industry. From the outstanding business solutions to passenger satisfaction, the best of the best will be determined in two main awards categories – Business of the Year and Passenger Choice.

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