November 16, 2022


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Skift Aviation Forum – November 16, 2022

Skift Aviation Forum 2022 took place in-person in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, bringing together CEOs and senior executives from across the airline industry to discuss the future of aviation. 

Crafted for leaders of the aviation industry, this event brought together the industry’s most influential and creative minds for thought-provoking, on-stage sessions expertly shaped by Skift’s incisive editorial viewpoint, extensive research, and the depth and authority of Airline Weekly, the highly influential global business newsletter read by CEOs and senior executives across the airline industry.

Attendees joined us on November 16 for a day of fast-paced, deep dive conversations centered around the growing importance of the Americas as a critical crossroads for global travel. This theme was be woven throughout our sessions as we looked at the future of aviation globally and explore a variety of topics critical to the industry today, including:

Southwest CEO Robert Jordan
Southwest CEO Robert Jordan at Skift Global Forum 2021
  • Recovery 3.0: The New Challenges of Meaningful Financial Recovery
  • Sustainability – The Hardest Job in the C-Suite
  • Network Planning in a Post-Pandemic Era – Where are they going now?
  • Customer Experience in Turbulent Times
  • Keeping Planes Flying, The New Calculus of Airline Operations
  • Crisis Communications Takes Center State
  • The Airport Experience in Disruptive Times
  • Disruptive Innovation, Companies and Concepts of the Future 

Skift Aviation Forum took place at the historic Statler Hotel in Downtown Dallas.

Join 250+ attendees for an opening night reception, full day of stage talks, and networking throughout this jam-packed event.


All times are Central Time


The Statler Hotel (on 19th floor)
Tuesday, November 15, 6-8pm

Wednesday, November 16th

8:00 AM


8:45 AM
9:00 AM

Reimagining Global Connectivity – Expansion for the Decade Ahead

Robert Isom

American Airlines


Edward Russell, Editor, Skift Airline Weekly
9:30 AM

The People & Innovation on the Front Lines of Customer Experience

9:55 AM

What’s Next for Aviation and Digital Transformation in 2023

10:10 AM

Resiliency, Sustainability, and Predictability

10:35 AM

Midmorning Break

11:40 AM

Sustainable Fuel and the Future of Low Carbon Aviation

Lana Van Marter

Manager, Renewable Aviation


Seth Borko, Senior Research Analyst, Skift
11:50 AM

The New Economics of Aircraft Leasing

Steven Udvar-Házy

Air Lease Corporation
Executive Chairman of the Board


Edward Russell, Editor, Skift Airline Weekly
12:20 PM

What Comes Next for Latin America?

John Rodgerson

Azul Brazilian Airlines


Alex Cruz, Aviation Advisor & Board Member
12:50 PM


1:50 PM

Skift’s Top Airline Trends: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

2:10 PM

Building New Airline Connections in Puerto Rico

Alisha Valentine

Discover Puerto Rico
Director of Research and Analytics


Jeremy Kressmann, Head of Studio, SkiftX
2:20 PM

Finding Your Routes: Competitive Strategies for Airline Startups

2:50 PM

Leisure and Low-Cost Business Model Innovation

Jude Bricker

Sun Country Airlines


Brian Sumers, Editor-at-Large, Skift
3:15 PM

Afternoon Break

3:45 PM

Distribution in a Time of Booming Leisure Travel

4:15 PM

Driving Airline Innovation with Artificial Intelligence


Jeremy Kressmann, Head of Studio, SkiftX
4:25 PM

Taking Customer Care to the Next Level

Linda Jojo

United Airlines
EVP, Chief Customer Officer


Brian Sumers, Editor-at-Large, Skift
5:30 PM


What to Expect

Compelling Conversations
Sessions with the travel industry’s most influential leaders and creative minds facilitated by travel media’s best journalists.

Must-Meet Attendees
Forum attendees are decision makers and innovators within their companies – which they’ve shaped or built themselves.

Here’s a list of companies attending this year.

Unmissable Moments
A quote from the stage, a conversation with a fellow attendee, or a personal moment of inspiration – Skift Forums will change your work for the better.

Looking for ways to convince your boss?

We’ve done all the work for you with this proposal. Take a look: Skift Aviation Forum 2022 Overview

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What is included in my in-person registration?

  • Pre-event evening reception in Dallas 
  • Entry to the Main Conference event
  • Option to attend break-out sessions
  • In-person networking breaks
  • On-site refreshments during sessions
  • Live access to all sessions via our online platform
  • Access to the event app for iOS and Android
  • Networking with event attendees using event app
  • Access to on-demand session recordings

I am a subscriber – how do I register to attend this event?

As a subscriber, you are able to join this event online on a complimentary basis, and you receive a discount to attend in-person. Please make sure you are logged into your account before registering. Further discount info here: See you there.

Is there a room block associated with this event?

We don’t have an attendee room block this year, but please visit the following link from HotelMap of all the nearby hotels and rates during our event –

What do I need to show upon check in? Is a booster required?

You simply need to show proof of vaccination to attend the event. A booster is not required.

How do I apply for a press/media pass?

Please apply via the following link and we will get back to you once your application has been reviewed:

I purchased multiple event tickets – how to share the registration link with my colleagues for them to register?

Upon payment for the event, you will receive a confirmation email, which will contain the registration link to share with your colleagues.

When will I have access to the Skift Live app?

The Skift Live app will be available to all attendees one week prior to the event start date. You will then be able to view all attendee names and titles, and message them directly to set up networking opportunities.