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Global Aviation Chiefs Gather In Queenstown


Global Aviation Chiefs Gather In Queenstown For Value-Based Airline Think Tank

Fifty of the world's most senior aviation and related industries' chiefs arrive in Queenstown on Monday for a three-day international symposium on the future role of value-based airlines.

Hosted by Air New Zealand and organised by the Ohio State University's Aviation Group, the gathering is the tenth conference - held annually in different locations around the world - addressing challenges facing the aviation industry.

Entitled "Changing Airlines in Pursuit of Value", the invitation-only symposium will be held at Millbrook Resort from March 24 - 27.

Value-based airline champions South West Airlines from the United States plus easyJet from the UK are represented, together with Cranfield University, Continental Airlines, Air Canada, Japan Airlines, Thomas Cook, Hogg Robinson, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Air India, Iberia, Qantas, China Airlines, All Nippon Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shell, VISA, Swiss International Air Lines, AirTran and China Southern Airlines.

As the host airline, Air New Zealand's own success in the value-based field will be profiled through the launch of Express Class. Air New Zealand will present its strategy for future growth focusing on the combination of the Qantas strategic alliance, Express Class and Freedom Air.

Air New Zealand Chief Operating Officer Andrew Miller described the conference as a landmark gathering of some of the best strategists in the value-based airline field.

"The challenges of decreasing airline costs and increasing revenue are faced by all carriers worldwide. Air New Zealand is well regarded as an airline that has adapted the low-cost concept successfully to its specific market needs. We're delighted to host this influential group as they address some of the most critical issues facing the global aviation industry."

Symposium founder Professor Nawal Taneja, Chairman of the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Department at Ohio State University will also be addressing more than 500 Air New Zealand staff in Auckland on Friday.

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Among his advisory roles during more than 30 years in the airline industry, he has helped traditional US and European airlines develop plans for low-cost, low-fare operations; advised high level government officials in the US, Canada, Belgium, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India, the Philippines, China and Australia on the regulation, management and operation of airlines and airports; made presentations at high level International Air Transport Association symposia and conferences; served as an expert witness in airline economic labour-management disputes; advised global banks on investment projects in the airline industry and advised major global technology firms developing airline products and services.

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