AIR Convention Asia 2020

April 21st - 23rd, Bangkok, Thailand

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 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 2019

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air asia airlines
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asia delta airlines
virgin austalia
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FinnAir logo
asia aircanada logo
vietjet air
flydubai airlines
pal express airlines
smile airlines
asia nokair airlines
air astana logo
American airlines logo
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Speakers 2019

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Chula Sukmanop, Ph.d.
Director-General, The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)
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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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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 over 30 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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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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John S. Schubert
Managing Director - Marketing Asia Pacific and India

John Schubert has been with the Boeing Company for 34 years and is currently the Managing Director of Marketing for Asia Pacific and India. Schubert is responsible for the marketing analysis of commercial airplanes to airlines in the Asia Pacific and India regions. He is responsible for market strategy, product analysis and product marketing activities in these regions.

Previously, Schubert was a Senior Analyst in the Sales Strategy organization responsible for developing twin-aisle product and sales strategies. As Regional Director of Marketing in Asia Pacific from 2004 to 2010, Schubert coordinated commercial airplane marketing activities in Malaysia and Indonesia. From 1997 to 2004, he served in the Financial Analysis Group, supporting sales campaigns and providing financial analysis assistance to airlines. Before coming to Marketing, Schubert spent 13 years in Engineering in both Boeing Defense Systems and Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Schubert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology and an MBA from Seattle University.

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Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya
Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and South Pacific)
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Pinyot Pibulsonggram
SVP – Commercial Development

Pinyot P. Pibulsonggram is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Development at NOK Airlines PLC. He has 15 years of experience in the aviation industry particularly in the areas of marketing, planning, sales, and customer care. Mr. Pibulsonggram was on the start-up team in creating Nok Air in 2003 and helped drive the airline to eventually become one of the top budget airlines in the country. Additionally, Pibulsonggram helped lead in the initial marketing and brand development of NokScoot (JV between Nok Air and Scoot from Singapore). Mr. Pibulsonggram holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Boston College, Massachusetts, USA.

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Chokedee Kaewsang
Deputy Secretary General
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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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Cesar Pereira
Vice President Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific

Cesar Pereira is the Vice President of Embraer Commercial Aviation for Asia Pacific based in the regional headquarters in Singapore since August 2017.
Cesar has been working at Embraer for 15 years and prior to his current role, he was the Head of Consulting at Embraer Commercial Aviation, where he worked hand in hand with airlines to shape their planning and strategies.
His career at Embraer has also seen him work in several other divisions such as Product Development, Market Intelligence and Sales Engineering where as a Director, he led the worldwide marketing and sales support activities for commercial aviation
Cesar is Brazilian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and an MBA in Enterprise Management.

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Nitin Sethi
Vice President Digital

Nitin brings deep experience in product design and digital customer experience, which he has acquired over the last 19 years across leading internet companies in India. He is currently leading IndiGo as VP Digital to help the group undergo Digital Transformation. He previously built, Indiatimes, Rediff and Bharti Airtel. He is an expert in crafting loveable experience for the consumers through simple and usable products. Nitin mentors many startups and has invested in a few of them, as well. He also likes to speak on Design Thinking on many public forums.

Nitin has won the ‘Design-led Entrepreneurship Awards’ 2017 at TiE 2017. Nitin has been awarded with Karnataka Brand Leadership Award 2017. He got recognised as top digital influencer and made it to Adobe Content 100 list for 2017. Nitin has recently also made it to Adobe Digi100 list for 2018. He has been chosen as one of the Smarted Digital Marketing Leaders by World Digital Marketing Congress recently.

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Perry Chou
Vice President System Operations Control Division

Perry has more than 30 years of experience at China Airlines in the areas of load master, flight attendant and flight engineer in type rating A300/747. After 17 years served as a flight crew member, Perry joined management team in 2005. He’s had experience in various management roles such as GM in safety audit, GM in flight safety and assistant VP in corporate safety division. He’s also an international safety lead auditor who conducted IOSA audit internationally. Mr. Perry has conducted more than 80 audits in different airlines and made improvements for airlines’ operations. In 2016, Perry joined China Airlines operational control center responsible for flight planning and operations, including emergency response. Currently, Mr. Perry is VP of system operations control division at China Airlines.

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Ross McKeand
Head of Airline Marketing

Ross G. McKeand was appointed Head of Airline Marketing – Asia-Pacific & China in November 2016. Mr McKeand has over 13 years’ experience in aviation and has worked extensively in Europe and Asia. He is now based in Singapore and leads the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft marketing teams in Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney.

Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr McKeand worked for both GECAS and Airbus. He spent five years with

GECAS where the last position he held was Vice President – Product Strategy. He started his career in the Airbus Marketing Division in Toulouse, before moving to Airbus Product Strategy, where he was part of the small team that nurtured the A320neo to life.

Ross holds an MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design from Cranfield University and a MEng in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow.

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David Masson
Member of the Board of Directors

David worked both in the flight operations and sales & marketing departments at Air Atlanta Icelandic for 13 years  and held management positions with the company in Iceland and abroad. In 2006 he became CEO of Avion Aircraft Trading and today he is a partner in Avion Capital Partners in Switzerland; a company specialising in consulting and the lease of aircraft to the aviation industry. Davíð is a graduate marketing co-ordinator from Florida Institute of Technology.

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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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David Gallay
Director Mekong Region and Taiwan
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Thomas Bulirsch
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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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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.

Conference agenda 2019


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

Moments from previous events