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The Inflight Asia-Pacific Workshop provides an open forum on the exhibition floor for lively debates on key topical issues led by panels of IFEC, cabin technology and aircraft interiors industry experts.

Senior decision makers from across major carriers, manufacturers and suppliers offer their opinion on the latest developments affecting the market, discuss new product innovations and review their impact on ongoing business strategy.

In 2018, the Inflight Workshop is being extended to encompass both exhibition days for the first time. These live, free-to-attend sessions will ensure high-quality traffic is driven to the heart of the pavilion throughout the show.

Browse the schedule below for further details.

Day one schedule: Wednesday 7 November 2018

10.45: Welcome address

11.00-11.45: Session 1 – Satellite communications

How is the satellite market working to ensure it can meet the growing needs for bandwidth capacity?

12.00-12.45: Session 2 – Electronic Flight Bags

Despite strong forecasts, regional EFB deployment rates remain low. Who is leading the way to paperless cockpits?

13.45-14.30: Session 3 – Seating

With a thriving aircraft seating market providing limitless options, are airlines starting to prioritise style over substance?

14.45-15.30: Session 4 – Deploying IFE

What are the core challenges involved in IFE roll-outs? Is software now the key differentiator for airlines?

15.45-16.30: Session 5 – Designing for ultra long-haul flights

With aircraft being configured for up to 19 hours of flight, what are the implications for passengers and crew?

Day two schedule: Thursday 8 November 2018

10.45-11.30: Session 6 – Connectivity

Which business models are viable for airlines to monetise IFC services? Can sponsorship help?

11.45-12.30: Session 7 – Ancillary revenues

What opportunities are being driven by the Asia-Pacific passenger growth and improving availability of services?

13.15-14.00: Session 8 – Disability access

How must airlines adapt to provide optimal on-board experiences for disabled passengers?

14.10: Inflight Asia-Pacific Awards ceremony

Join us as we celebrate regional achievements in IFEC and cabin technology. Who will be crowned airline of the year?

2017 panellists

Cisco Lay
Senior Onsite Manager – Singapore
Air New Zealand

Cisco is currently based in Singapore as the Senior Onsite Manager overseeing Air NZs B777-300ER Cabin Upgrade program. Cisco joined Air NZ in 2012 and was previously the Fleet Manager Interiors responsible for all Cabin Interiors at the airline. He has also held senior Engineering/Program Management positions working on a variety of cabin interiors ranging from VVIP Business Jet completions to full service and low cost airlines.

Senaka H Bandaranayake
Senior Manager Product Development
SriLankan Airlines

Joining Air Lanka as a cabin crew member in 1982, Senaka boasts of 35 years in the aviation industry, having ventured on to become Manager – Inflight Administration, Cabin Safety and Crew Training to leading the Product Development team as Senior Manager at SriLankan Airlines today.

With hands on experience in the design, definition and development of cabins, galleys and IFE systems of the new A330, A350, A320neo and A321neo fleet, Senaka’s passion in enhancing customer experience guides him in effectively overseeing the product across all customer touch points including the responsibility for IFE content and inflight connectivity at SriLankan Airlines.

Dr Thomas Lerche
Cabin and Cargo Architect

Dr Lerche has a strong academic background in aerodynamic research coupled with vast experience in systems design (including MBSE). For the last decade, he has held the role of Cabin and Cargo Architect in various functions at Airbus.

Initially studying mechanical Engineering at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany and University of Sheffield, UK, Thomas went on to complete a PhD in Aerodynamics at Leibnitz University Hannover, Germany. After a three year spell as a scientist at German Aerospace Center, Göttingen, Thomas joined Airbus in 1999.

Prior to his current role, Thomas held the positions of Acoustics and Test Engineer, System Definition Engineer, and Performance and Improvement Engineer. Since 2007 he has also held the responsibility of Technology Roadmap Owner for Passenger Experience and Cargo Services.

Thomas is a key coordinator of the FUCAM (Future Cabin for the Asian Market) project. The proposal was submitted by Airbus in 2015/2016 and the organisation is actively involved in working project 3 (Concept Creation) and leading working project 5 (Aircraft Integration).

While FUCAM is a project with European funding, Thomas and his team at Airbus have established a partnership with associated Japanese cabin supplier Jamco Corporation. FUCAM identifies regional specifics with regards to culture and travel demands and translates them into viable product offerings.

Jon Norris
Senior Director – Corporate Sales & Marketing
Panasonic Avionics

Senior Director, Corporate Sales & Marketing for Panasonic Avionics Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. Other positions held include: Vice President Sales & Marketing for Lumexis, Executive Director of Trade Media & Events at Ink, Vice President Cabin Design Office with Airbus, A350 XWB Cabin & Cargo Program Manager with Airbus and 728JET Chief Design Engineer with Fairchild Dornier. Jon is a Chartered Engineer with the UK Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the APEX Technology Committee leadership team and a regular speaker at industry conferences on a wide range of cabin and passenger issues.

Rachelle Peterson
CNN International Commercial
Turner Inflight Services

Rachelle Peterson is the global commercial distribution director for Turner, where she manages the companies Out of Home and Inflight distribution business, putting into place the CNN Traveller Network strategy she created when she was hired as a business consultant in December 2015.

Prior to her current position, she was sales director, hospitality for Sky Plc, where she had responsibility for the hospitality division of Sky Business. She and her team focused on implementing fundamental changes in content delivery to the Out of Home markets and establishing partnerships with international clients such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Accor and Virgin.

She is an adviser for HOSPA, the Hotel Association for Finance, Revenue Management and IT professionals since 2015 and was the sales and business development director for Filmbank Media, a JV between Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures from 2006 till 2013. At Filmbank Rachelle formulated the global Out of Home Sales and Marketing strategy, the new brand vision she devised and implemented secured an award from Hotels Magazine for ‘Outstanding Digital Advertising’ in March 2009.

An effective public speaker, Rachelle is a sought-after presenter at meetings and conferences. She transmits key concepts in business innovation supported by smart adoption of technology with emphasis on revenue opportunities and enhanced guest and passenger experiences.

Rachelle’s presentations engage top management including CEOs, CTOs, business development, sales directors and GMs. From articles in varied industry publications, to her guide ‘An Introduction to DVD Manufacturing’, Rachelle’s expertise in content management is often sought by publishers and event organisers.

Rachelle has lived and worked in three great cities – Amsterdam, New York and now London – and therefore spends most of her free time travelling to spend time with friends and family scattered across the globe.

David Withers
Managing Director

David founded digEcor’s parent Total Aviation Solutions in 2009 and has over 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry. He is a former President of Boeing Australia and was the Managing Director for Smiths Aerospace (now GE Aviation) after completing his time with Qantas Airways.

David has a Masters of Business Administration, an Honours degree in Communications Engineering, trade qualifications in Aircraft Maintenance and is a Commercial Pilot. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

Paul Thorpe
VP Sales

Paul joined digEcor in 2014 and in that time has led the company through its recent growth and market share success. He moved to digEcor from Rockwell Collins where he was Sales Director. Having worked in the industry for 16 years he is highly experienced in aircraft IFE integration and installations, maintenance and customer support.

He has a Masters of Business Administration and a degree in Engineering.

Nigel Duncan
STG Aerospace

Since 2013 Nigel Duncan, CEO of STG Aerospace, has been steering STG Aerospace on a trajectory of global growth, with the vision of becoming an Innovator of Light.

Building on, and further developing, the success of the market-leading, photoluminescent saf-Tglo® brand of emergency floor path lighting, Nigel has overseen the introduction of innovative new aviation lighting products, including the fast-growing liTeMood® range of holistic LED cabin lighting solutions.

Under Nigel’s leadership, STG Aerospace has invested substantially in a pioneering engineering development and research centre in Wales, a new manufacturing facility in Miami, and a wholly owned subsidiary company in China.

Over the course of 25+ years, Nigel has held a wide range of engineering, marketing and operational roles within the aerospace industry and secured over $1.5 billion of profitable growth in new markets through encouragement of design innovation, production efficiency and clear focus on meeting customers’ requirements.

Sune Kjeldsen
Sales Director, Asia-Paciifc
Leki Aviation

Sune is responsible for growing existing and developing new Airline/MRO accounts in the Asia-Pacific market together with talented sales account teams in Singapore and China. Sune spearheads customer C-level and senior management engagement in Asia for new cost-saving and passenger experience-enhancing projects.

Alvin Chan
Asia-Pacific Regional Lead
Starburst Accelerator

Alvin has previously worked for SPRING Singapore and was covering the aerospace portfolio where his main responsibilities were to help companies navigate in the aerospace industry, fostering business relationships between startups, SMEs, MNCs, and government entities.

At present, Alvin is levering on his skills, experience, and networks to help Starburst Accelerator develop its Asia-Pacific presence with Singapore as its base.

His primary responsibilities include scouting for startups with technological applications potentially in aerospace and space, and supporting startups with business developments through partnerships with research institutes, funds, and customers. Alvin is also working with large aerospace corporations on corporate venturing, innovation, and growth strategy, while supporting the new Venture Fund development at Starburst Ventures.

Ricky Jardine
Vice President of Operations Asia Pacific
Global Eagle

Ricky Jardine has been in the inflight entertainment business for 17 years, for almost all of those have been in Singapore.

He is the Vice President of Customer Account Management Asia Pacific and specializes in the Content Programming provision.

Ricky has been at the forefront of growing Global Eagle’s Singapore office since 2001 and has been an advocate of increasing Asian content on airlines both regionally and internationally, to offer passengers a greater variety of familiar and enjoyable content, in a market that has seen and will continue to see unprecedented growth in the coming years.

DRSV Varma
GM and Head of Operations

Varma has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering specialising in Industrial Engineering. He has more than 25 years experience in Manufacturing and the Aftermarket, incluiding 1 year as an Industrial & Vendor Development Engineer with Otis Elevator Company and 14 years with Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) as a Scientist. Today, he works as General Manager & Head of Operations at Cyient Singapore Private Limited, Singapore.

His key domain areas include Repair Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. He was instrumental in setting up the state of the art CNC Technology Center at GTRE. He has also published 20 papers in national and international conferences and has guided several bachelor’s and master’s degree projects for educational institutions. His areas of interest are Additive Manufacturing, MEMS, Digital MRO and Quality Systems.

Varma has 25 years of leadership experience covering P&L accountability, customer relationship management, business development, operations management, SCM, commercial affairs, and business finance. At Cyient, he is also responsible for identifying new growth opportunities and extending current service offerings into new markets.

In recognition to Varma’s meritorious services he was awarded the ‘Technology Award’, by the Defence Research & Development Organisation, Ministry of Defence, India for his contributions to ‘Development of Precision Manufacturing Techniques for Gas Turbine Parts Manufacture’.

Darrel Chua
General Manager
Flightech Systems Pte Ltd

Based in Singapore, Flightech Systems (FTS) is a provider of in-flight wireless streaming and connectivity solutions for airline industry.

Darrel is responsible for marketing in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as overseeing the group’s global expansion strategy. He works closely with product development team to develop next-gen hardware, software as well as ancillary revenue strategies.

Laurent Philippe
Vice President of Customer and Sales
Global Eagle

Laurent Philippe has been in the aviation industry for 20 years, 14 of which in Asia, holding various positions in Engineering and Sales with Airbus, SITAONAIR.

He is now heading Global Eagle in Asia-Pacific India as Vice President of Customers and Sales.

He has been on the forefront of the inflight connectivity arena for close to 10 years and has seen the market change drastically since its early days.

Laurent’s experience in the Asia-Pacific market will provide us with deep insight and expertise on the current market landscape, the future trends in the fast-growing APAC market and Global Eagle’s strategic view of the connected airline, the connected aircraft and the connected passenger.

Jim Hooper
Senior Manager
SES Networks

Mr Hooper is a Senior Manager at SES, a global satellite operator headquartered in Luxembourg. SES owns and operates over 50 satellites in geostationary orbit and 12 in medium earth orbit, covering 99% of the globe. As a partner of choice to over 700 airline service providers, broadcasters, telecommunications companies, enterprises, and governments, SES operates today in over 130 countries.

Mr Hooper is currently assigned to SES Networks, working in the Asia-Pacific region, with responsibility for supporting strategic initiatives involving aeronautical, maritime, government, and other key customers. In this role, he delivers satellite communications capacity, products, and solutions to meet the growing needs of customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to transferring to the SES Asia-Pacific region, Mr Hooper was the Corporate Vice President for Business Development at SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, where he managed marketing, sales, business development, capture, and proposal writing activities. Before joining SES, Mr Hooper was a Vice President at Interferometrics, Inc. where he managed space and communications projects. Mr Hooper previously serviced as a Vice President and Division Manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he managed an operating division that grew from 90 staff members to over 240 during his tenure.

Mr Hooper was selected as an Organizational Management Fellow at The George Washington University in 2002 and holds a Masters degree in Organizational Management.

Dr Achim Leder
CEO and co-founder

Dr Leder has over eight years’ managerial experience in the aviation industry, alongside 10 terms’ experience in teaching at the University of Applied Science, Meschede. Before co-founding Jetlite – a start-up cabin lighting company negating the effects of jetlag – Achim enjoyed previous roles at ideas-for-aviation and Dortmund Airport.

Derek Tan

Derek is the co-founder of Viddsee, the leading online entertainment platform for short movies. He works with a community of filmmakers across Asia to produce and market premium content for online audience, reaching over 1B views worldwide to date. He loves making films, but spends most of his time helping filmmakers tell their stories now.

Derek previously headed up business development for Cooliris, a Silicon Valley start-up revolutionising the way users engage with media on the web and mobile. And led product and business development for StarHub’s Internet TV platform.

Moritz Engler
Founding Partner
Inflight VR

Moritz Engler is founding partner of the VR incubator QBXNet from which Inflight VR originates. He has studied in Germany, US, Switzerland, and Spain and joined Inflight VR in Summer 2015 as full-time co-CEO. Moritz is responsible for Finance, Investor Relations, and Product Development.

Speaker opportunities

Are you an expert on one the workshop topics above? Interested in joining us as a panellist this year?

Apply for consideration as an event speaker here.