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Media Release

18th October 2017

 

AVIATION AFRICA 2018 ANNOUNCES KEY SPEAKERS AND EGYPTAIR ENDORSEMENT

 

Links between Africa and the Middle East are being reinforced through the location of the 2018 Aviation Africa event, which will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel City Stars in Cairo, April 17-18.

 

Hosted by EgyptAir and under the auspices of the Minister of Civil Aviation, HE Sherif Fathy, the event includes a two-day top-level summit, an exhibition featuring 70 exhibitors, and a meet-the-buyer programme.

 

The conference programme is being driven by an advisory board made up of no fewer than 10 airline chief executives as well as representatives of key sectors such as MRO, cargo operations, airports, safety and business aviation.

 

“The value of the advisory board has been priceless,” said Alan Peaford, MBE, who will be chairing the conference. “We are really getting into the nitty gritty of what is important for the airlines and the whole aviation industry and I think we will be going into some new areas of thinking.  With involvement in the programme from organisations like AfRAA, IATA, ACI, and ICAO I am confident there will be a line-up of speakers and panellists that will be both impressive and drive the discussions forward.”

 

Heading the agenda will be security.  Minister Fathy backed the need to have the subject as a major theme. “Security – especially cyber security – is one of the biggest threats to aviation.” he said.

 

Former EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering chairman Hisham Nasser, who is now recognised as a leading advisor on MRO will be one of the speakers addressing how the maintenance industry must change. “From physical security to the protection of paperwork and records, the industry needs to be focused.” he said.

 

Speakers will be coming from across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Chris Zweigenthal, chief executive of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa will be leading airlines from the south of the continent. Speakers from the main associations, from the African Development Bank, major manufacturers and the innovators of the latest technology developments will also be addressing the conference.

 

The Summit will be looking into the region’s infrastructure to understand what is needed and how it can be funded; “Of course the old thorny issue of Open Skies will arise, but with several airline panels from legacy flag carriers to new LCCs, I don’t think there is consensus. We could really get to grips with why it is taking so long … and if it will ever happen,” Peaford said.

 

Mark Brown, managing director of Times Aerospace who are the main organiser of the event said the exhibition was already at 60% sold with nearly six months to go.

 

“With 10 airline CEOs as partners on the event, we have been promised great support from those companies to bring along key personnel. The exhibitors are excited and so are we. Having the backing of the Minister and the support of the whole EgyptAir group as our main sponsor has been fantastic.  There are government to government invitations being sent out and I am convinced we will be seeing a great turnout.”

 

 

The Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel City Stars, close to Cairo’s international airport on April 17-18 2018. Further details on exhibition space, sponsorship and programme can be found at www.aviationafrica.aero

 

 

Note to Editors

Aviation Africa is organised by Times Aerospace Events in partnership with Aerocomm Ltd and Access Group.  Times Aerospace Events has organised 2 previous editions of Aviation Africa in Dubai and Kigali, Rwanda.  The 2017 event attracted 700 delegates & 56 exhibitors.  For Press information please contact:  Alison Weller, Access Group, Alison@accessgroup.aero +44 7501 185255

 

Media Release

6th June 2017

 

Aviation Africa summit and exhibition set for Cairo debut

 

The premier event covering the entire aviation industry is to take its 2018 edition to the Egyptian capital.

 

 

Aviation Africa, the exhibition and summit covering the full aviation and aerospace spectrum across the African continent, is to hold its third edition in Cairo on April 17-18 2018, under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation.

 

Under the theme ‘Building blocks for North African revival’ the two-day summit will focus on the key drivers to grow business and opportunities across North Africa. Alongside the summit will be an exhibition area featuring more than fifty exhibitors.

 

His Excellency Sherif Fathi Attia the Minister of Civil Aviation said he welcomed the decision to bring the event to Cairo.  “We are working with the event organiser to shape the agenda for the Summit,” he said. “There are key issues affecting Africa in general, North Africa in particular in subjects like aviation security, infrastructure needs and regional cooperation. The Egyptian government is lending its full support to the event and will be inviting our neighbours and friends across North Africa to be part of this important event.”

 

EgyptAir is to be the host airline of the event. Chairman and CEO of the EgyptAir Holding Group -which includes the national carrier as well as regional carrier Egyptair Express; Egyptair Cargo; Egyptair Tourism ( Karnak ) & Duty Free; Egyptair Maintenance & Engineering; Egyptair In-Flight Services; Egyptair Medical Services and Egyptair Supplementary Industries - Safwat Musallam said: “This event gives an opportunity for all of our businesses to come together with suppliers, customers and competitors under one roof. We are very positive about the future but agree it is important that we can share ideas and get new ideas too.”

 

Mark Brown chief executive of show organiser Times Aerospace, said: “We are also pleased to have MoUs from all of Egypt’s airlines including charter, cargo and low cost carriers. These will all have top executives taking part in the event and meeting with exhibitors.  We are expecting delegations from other African governments and their civil aviation authorities and of course other airlines, business aviation operators and from companies across the Middle East and Africa.”

 

The two-day summit will be chaired by Alan Peaford, MBE, the editor-in-chief of African Aerospace and Arabian Aerospace. “Cairo is the cross roads between the Middle East and North Africa and I would expect to see a lot of interest from the region – particularly given the close ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about the current situation in North Africa – but there are also some hard realities. Business has been in freefall for a few years. Tourism is the key to the revival of North Africa fortunes and that involves some challenges in terms of security measures, in safety culture and political will,” Peaford said.  “This cuts across our entire industry from airline operations, to maintenance and other service providers through to airports, air navigation service providers and regulators.

 

“We proved at Aviation Africa in Kigali last year that the very open summit, addressing some challenging issues in an open and frank way and across the whole gamut of stakeholders proved beneficial and I was delighted that His Excellency, the Minister of Civil Aviation agreed that we should aim as high for the Cairo event.”

 

The Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition will take place in Heliopolis, close to Cairo’s international airport on April 17-18 2018.   Further details on exhibition space, sponsorship and programme can be found at www.aviationafrica.aero

 

Note to Editors 

Aviation Africa is organised by Times Aerospace Events in partnership with Aerocomm Ltd and Access Group.  Times Aerospace Events has organised 2 previous editions of Aviation Africa in Dubai and Kigali, Rwanda.  The 2017 event attracted 700 delegates & 56 exhibitors.  For Press information please contact:  Alison Weller, Access Group, Alison@accessgroup.aero +44 7501 185255

 

Photo: (L-R) Mark Brown, chief executive Times Aerospace; HE Sherif Fathi, Minister of Civil Aviation, Egypt; Alan Peaford, chairman Aviation Africa Summit. © Ministry of Civil Aviation

 

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