September 19, 2021

FlightPlan returns

Following two broadcasts in 2020, the third edition of FlightPlan will return with a reimagined format in 2021. 

FlightPlan: C-Suite Week is a new series of virtual one-hour sessions that will air across five consecutive days from 19 to 23 July, with five of the world’s biggest aviation names being interviewed by leading BBC World News reporter Aaron Heslehurst.

FlightPlan: C-Suite Week, developed by Inmarsat Aviation in collaboration with APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association), will feature exclusive interviews with renowned aviation leaders, including:

  • Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO, Qatar Airways
  • Tony Fernandes, CEO and Founder, AirAsia Group
  • Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines and APEX/IFSA Board of Governors Chair
  • Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO, TAP Air Portugal
  • Willie Walsh, Director General, IATA (and former CEO of IAG)

The upcoming event will explore pressing issues facing air travel in 2021, from regaining passenger confidence and accelerating the industry’s long-term recovery to addressing sustainability challenges and fast-tracking digital transformation. Each executive will share leadership lessons gained from steering their global businesses through unprecedented market turbulence over the past 18 months.

A panel of aviation experts and thought leaders will then debate and reflect on the views shared each day to provide more thought-provoking perspectives. The panel discussions will be hosted by APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader from a London television studio, with participants including leading aviation commentators and journalists as well as senior executives from Inmarsat.

Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “As a global connectivity business, Inmarsat is proud once again to connect the aviation industry by giving those shaping its recovery a platform to share their thoughts. As the pandemic continues to impact how we work and serve our customers, there remains a need for cross-industry collaboration. FlightPlan: C-Suite Week will deliver just that, bringing together some of the world’s leading aviation decision-makers to share views, insights and future predictions.”

Dr. Joe Leader, CEO of APEX, said: “FlightPlan was developed for the aviation industry by the aviation industry. In just over a year, it has developed into the biggest aviation virtual broadcast event. The new C-Suite Week format introduces an exciting twist to a tried-and-tested approach. It is sure to unearth insightful learnings from those navigating leadership in the most challenging of circumstances.”

To register for FlightPlan: C-Suite Week, visit flightplan.wavecast.io.

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