Skift Aviation Forum

Original Date November 17, 2021

Join us in Dallas-Fort Worth for Skift Aviation Forum on November 16, 2022.

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Our Forum

Our second annual Skift Aviation Forum, took place as an online, one-day conference packed with fast-paced, deep-dive conversations into the business of aviation. As the industry looked optimistically to a recovery in the years ahead, this event provided an essential dive into the industry’s future through the predictions and strategies of some of aviation’s most dynamic leaders. 

As always, discussions brought together Skift’s sharp editorial viewpoint on the broader travel industry with the depth and authority of Airline Weekly — the highly influential global business newsletter consumed by CEOs and senior executives every week across the airline industry.

The conversations centered around our 2021 forum theme:  Aviation at an Inflection Point, addressing the big questions facing the industry:

  • When airlines emerge from the crisis, what will the market look like?
  • How long will vaccine inequity and travel restrictions impact the rebound of International?
  • Will lucrative business travel ever be back to what it was in 2019?
  • Can airlines even out service and scheduling challenges as we enter the holiday season?
  • How are airlines rebuilding trust and loyalty among customers as travel returns?

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Wednesday, November 17th

10:05 AM

Aviation at an Inflection Point

Doug Parker

American Airlines
Chairman & CEO


Madhu Unnikrishnan – Editor, Skift Airline Weekly
10:35 AM

Remaining Agile In The Face of Change

11:00 AM

Futureproofing the Industry for the Decade Ahead

Steven Udvar-Házy

Air Lease Corporation
Executive Chairman of the Board


Madhu Unnikrishnan – Editor, Skift Airline Weekly
11:25 AM

Is the International Recovery Imminent?

11:45 AM

How Travel Fintech Can Increase Spend Beyond Bookings

Dakota Smith

President and Co-Founder


Wouter Geerts – Senior Research Analyst, Skift
12:25 PM

The Growing Demand for Puerto Rico: Air Access Opportunities

Brad Dean

Discover Puerto Rico


Carolyn Kremins – President, Skift
12:35 PM

Sustainability’s Renewed Importance

1:00 PM

What Consumers Want and How to Rebuild Trust

1:30 PM


2:00 PM

Reimagining Global Connectivity

Scott Kirby

United Airlines


Brian Sumers – Editor at Large, Skift
2:30 PM

Skift Research Presentation on Traveler Trends

2:40 PM

Easing Air Travel Disruptions With Cutting-Edge Mobile Technology

Mike Appleton

TA Connections


Dan Marcec – Research Editor, SkiftX
2:50 PM

Jobs, Technology and the Changing Face of Aviation Labor

3:15 PM

As Business Travel Returns, How Will Service Shift as Expectations Rise?

3:40 PM

What Will an Airline Be in a Decade?

Tony Douglas

Riyadh Air


Edward Russell – Airlines Reporter, Skift
4:00 PM

The Future of Revenue Management for the Transportation Industry


Dan Marcec – Research Editor, SkiftX
4:10 PM

Balancing Climate and Europe’s Recovery Goals

Pieter Elbers



Edward Russell – Airlines Reporter, Skift
4:35 PM

What Portugal’s Tourism Rise Means for Its National Airline

Christine Ourmières-Widener

TAP Air Portugal


Madhu Unnikrishnan – Editor, Skift Airline Weekly
5:00 PM

Event Ends

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