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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Sunday, October 6, 2019

7:00PM Networking drinks reception

Day 2: Monday, October 7, 2019

8:55AM Chairperson's opening remarks
Paul Jebely, Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (HK) LLP
9:00AM Is Africa the “continent of new opportunity”?
Three striking statistics: 303 million international passengers by 2035, 8% growth in the next 20 years, 5 million more passenger journeys per year. The fundamentals of African aviation appear to be stronger than ever, but what is the industry to make of the opportunities posed by the African continent?
9:30AM Green Africa Airways cleared for take-off in Nigeria
Coming off the back of their behemoth 50+ 737 Max order and having built a stellar executive team, the airline hopes to be the next big player out of West Africa. The question is what sets them apart from other would-be African start-ups, and what is their strategy for overcoming the many hurdles that likely await them in a traditionally challenging marketplace.
10:00AM Is Africa an answer to lessors’ search for yield?
  • With depressed lease rates on SLBs and increasing competition, is Africa a jurisdiction in which lessors can maintain a greater yield?
  • What can lessors do to build more innovative and bespoke deals with African airlines?
  • Should lessors consider opening operations locally on the continent?
Hani Kuzbari, Managing Director, Novus Aviation Capital
10:40AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11:10AM What does Comair's expansion strategy tell us about the African airline market?
11:40AM Finding a way forward in African airline ownership – can there be a third way?
Government control of many African airlines has been one of the sources cited for African airlines’ relatively poor performance; being associated with slow moving and overly bureaucratic operating models. Can a greater embrace of public-private partnerships allow African aviation to reach new heights?
Jerome Maillet, Chief Strategy & Investment Officer, Air Senegal
12:20PM Networking lunch
1:50PM Keys to success for secondary market aircraft traders in Africa
  • What is the foreseeable impact of rising fuel costs on the African secondary market?
  • Is there an appetite among African airlines for new technology aircraft?
  • How strongly have the residual values of regional jets and turboprops held?
Russ Hubbard, Director - Aircraft Remarketing, Air Partner
Sasha Yusufali, Vice President Marketing, Nordic Aviation Capital
2:30PM What impact has the proliferation of insurance backed financing had for African airlines?
  • With now three insurance backed products on the market, how well positioned are African airlines to utilise these products?
  • To what extent have these products help open up the broader financing markets to African airlines?
  • Which asset types are these products well suited to and what is their demand in Africa?
3:10PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
3:30PM How healthy is the market for regional jets and turboprops?
  • Is there a market for the E2 and A220 in Africa?
  • How popular can we expect the CRJ900 to be with African operators?
  • Will increased connectivity in the region allow carriers operating regional jets to increase capacity?
Dominique Dumas, VP Sales Africa & MEA, ATR
4:10PM Ethiopian Airlines maintain status as "crown jewel" of Africa
Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines
4:40PM Chairperson's closing remarks
Paul Jebely, Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (HK) LLP
4:45PM Networking drinks reception

Day 3: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

8:00AM Networking breakfast and VIP keynote speaker
9:30AM Transport provided to Tambo International Airport