News Releases

View All Articles

08-04-2016 - Unprecedented Global Airline Executive Conference Begins at Reno-Tahoe

Renowned aviation consulting firm Boyd Group International and more than 30 of the most influential airline and aviation executives in the world will chart the future of the industry Sept. 17-20 at 6,500 feet above sea level at this year’s International Aviation Forecast Summit.

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport will host the summit at Squaw Valley, Calif., home of the 1960 Winter Olympics. About 400 airline executives, aircraft manufacturers and aviation leaders from around the world will come together to explore the future of aviation. These attendees, like the Olympic athletes of 1960, will join with the distinguished speakers to seek to take the aviation industry to new heights.

An all-star team of airline and aviation speakers include:

  • David Cush, CEO of Virgin America
  • Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier
  • Chip Childs, CEO of SkyWest
  • Jim Compton, Vice Chairman & CRO, United Airlines
  • Jude Bricker, COO of Allegiant
  • Steve Sear, Executive Vice President of Global Sales for Delta Air Lines
  • Dr. Zhihung Chi, SVP, Air China
  • Blake Scholl, CEO of Boom Supersonic Airliners
  • Hou Wei, Vice President of Hainan Airlines
  • Andrew Nocella, SVP and CMO, American Airlines
  • Dave Clark, Vice President of Network Planning for JetBlue
  • Dave Harvey, Managing Director of Business Development for Southwest Airlines, and many more

The Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit, now in its 21st year, is unique in that it delivers straight talk, not political correctness. It covers actual forecasts – not opinions – of the trends that will shape the industry. Forecasts delivered at the Summit include predictions of emerging airline strategic trends, increasing regionalization of air service and independent enplanement forecasts for U.S. airports. Fleet projections and how they will affect airports and communities are delivered by executives from each of the major aircraft manufacturers. This year, the Summit includes a discussion of new-technology supersonic airliners that are already on the drawing boards.

The Summit also features a sequence of hot-button, pre-conference workshops covering issues such as effects of China-U.S. leisure traffic, realities of Cuba-U.S. opportunities, new trends in airport-airline customer service, challenges of unmanned aerial systems integration, and the evolution in the next generation of regional airlines.    

The Summit is a major opportunity for media representatives to have access to industry decision-makers, and to make contact with leaders in all sectors including airports, airlines and financial institutions. With prior coordination, media attending the summit will also have access to the 53rd National Championship Air Races in Reno, Sept. 14-18.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is excited to host this global event. Take a look at our exciting agenda, and you'll agree – no other event delivers this level of business intelligence. Go to www.aviationforecastsummit.com to get the full conference details.

To RSVP for a media pass to the summit, contact Brian Kulpin at bkulpin@renoairport.com or at (775) 328-6401, or Marian Boyd at marian@aviationplanning.com or at (303) 674-2000.

Customer Feedback