Inmarsat and APEX join forces to connect aviation industry during global crisis with online broadcast event

‘FlightPlan’ will bring together leading aviation voices on 29 April 2020 to share insights, expertise and intelligence via panel sessions, debates, news updates and live Q&As

Register interest now at flightplan.wavecast.io 

17 April 2020: Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has joined forces with APEX, the leading international airline association dedicated to advancing passenger experience, to connect the global aviation industry during the most challenging time in its history. A unique online broadcast event, to be held on 29th April, will bring together aviation leaders, experts and analysts to debate the critical questions facing the industry today and looking ahead to the challenges the entire aviation sector will face.

‘FlightPlan: Charting a Course into the Future’ will examine the current state of the aviation market and the latest predictions for recovery, while also driving debate on wider industry issues, from next generation passenger trends and the future of air travel technology to short and long-term solutions for tackling aviation sustainability. In addition, the livestreamed event will include global and regional news updates, as well as a state of the industry analysis.

Keynotes featured at the event will include airlines leaders such as Avianca CEO Anko van der Werff, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, and Virgin Atlantic COO Juha Järvinen. Trade bodies speaking at the event include Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), European Space Agency (ESA), and International Air Transport Association (IATA). Ecosystem partners featured include Airbus, Collins Aerospace, Deutsche Telekom, Honeywell, Panasonic Avionics, and Rolls Royce. Media partners include Air Transport World (ATW), APEX Media, Inflight Magazine, Paxex.aero, and Simple Flying.

Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “The global aviation industry is facing its darkest hour, with COVID-19 having far reaching implications for airlines, air travel infrastructure and the broad ecosystem that supports them. According to the latest guidance by IATA, passenger revenues and traffic are both expected to halve in 2020 compared to last year. Aviation leaders and experts will take part in FlightPlan to discuss pertinent topics such as the crisis, uncertainty around the timeframe for disruption and recovery, the long-term economic impact, and how we can improve resilience and accelerate recovery.”

FlightPlan will comprise streamed interviews, virtual panels, live discussion and interactive Q&As at a time when sharing information and views has never been more important. The full agenda includes a number of short segments, allowing viewers to conveniently watch the sections that are most relevant to them, at timings that can work around their schedules.

Dominic Walters, Vice President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has turned aviation on its head – changing the way it operates in a very short space of time and impacting the estimated 10 million people that work in the industry worldwide. Inmarsat and APEX have developed FlightPlan as a platform that brings these people together to share information, insight and direction at this pivotal moment. It has already received an extremely positive response and we look forward to welcoming anyone that works in the industry or has an interest in aviation to register their interest online and join us on the day.”

APEX, the only non-profit membership trade organisation comprised of the world’s leading airlines, industry suppliers, media groups and related leaders, has taken an active role in representing the aviation industry with governments and authorities such as the United Nations and US Congress during the current pandemic. Its involvement in FlightPlan is part of a concerted effort to provide support to APEX members and the airline industry during this critical moment of crisis.

Dr. Joe Leader, CEO of APEX, said: “Our airline industry has faced countless challenges in the past, coming back with more strength, resolve, and innovative advances each and every time.  We face an enemy in COVID-19 unlike any other, but our industry will ‘flight back’ for our future with a tenacity that will keep our world healthy and interconnected. FlightPlan is a great example of finding innovative new ways to connect our industry and encourage a meaningful debate on the unparalleled challenges faced. We are delighted to collaborate with Inmarsat, one of our close partners, and believe FlightPlan will create real value for all of our airline and supplier members in this moment of need.”


For further information

Inmarsat
Jonathan Sinnatt
Corporate Communications
+44 (0)20 7728 1935
press@inmarsat.com

Robeel Haq
Head of Communications, Aviation
+44 (0)20 7728 1352
robeel.haq@inmarsat.com

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.

The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.

Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.

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APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association)

Robin Applebaum
APEX Director of Marketing & Communications
+1-678-303-2980


About APEX

As a global non-profit and one of the world’s largest international airline associations, APEX accelerates our industry with the backing of nearly every major airline and valued supplier.  In conjunction with both the International Flight Services Association (IFSA) and Future Travel Experience (FTE), APEX serves the full spectrum of the end-to-end travel experience.  APEX reinvests all of its resources to serving its members, strengthening the worldwide airline industry, advancing thought-leadership, fostering business opportunities via events, developing global initiatives, setting key airline standards, and highlighting well-deserved recognition across our industry.  For more information, please visit apex.aero, follow us on LinkedIn / Facebook / Instagram at APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association), or follow on Twitter @theAPEXassoc.