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Register Now…For Our No Spin And No Sales Pitches…And No Airlines, Aviation Webinar – “What Might The Future Of Aviation Look Like”…Not To Be Missed…Thursday 24 September @ 1.00pm

So, with aviation very much in the air [apologies for the pun!] at we wanted to bring our no spin, no sales pitches, no airlines…but Australia’s, the region’s and the world’s top industry specialists, journalists and opinion formers to give you their view of the real picture of what they think “What the Future of Aviation Might Look Like”, which we are sure will not only be revealing, but also enlightening and re-evaluating “What the Future of Aviation Might Look Like”.

At we are sure that you are as tired as we are of the lack of information about “What the Future of Aviation Might Look Like” coming out of the airlines, except maybe doom and gloom from Qantas and Virgin Australia, providing the industry and consumers with very little information or only what appears to suit the airline and nobody else – we call it spin!

So, when we invited over a dozen Australian and international airlines to join our webinar “What the Future of Aviation Might Look Like”, we were shocked when every one of them said NO, with every excuse you can imagine!

While we fully appreciate that these are very challenging times, we wondered what our being left rather like a bride at the altar actually meant! Was it perhaps they don’t know “What the Future of Aviation Might Look Like” or was it that they just don’t want to tell us or our audience? Who knows, one thing is for certain, we don’t know why they do not want to join our webinar and chat about “What the Future of Aviation Might Look Like”!

So, being what and who we are with a passion for providing accurate information and insights to our audience, we took another path and contacted leading aviation journalists, aviation specialists, aviation consultants and opinion formers and asked them if they would like to give our audience their views of “What the Future of Aviation Might Look Like”, with the good news is that they were very keen, hence the amazing group of esteemed panelists below.

So, this is without any question a webinar you cannot afford to miss as you will get professional, honest, unbiased, non-spin, specialist views and insights about our panelists view “What the Future of Aviation Might Look Like”, so check out our panelists below…with maybe more to come.

Firstly though, register NOW for our “What the Future of Aviation Might Look Like” Webinar on Thursday 24 September @1.00pm, click below.


Peter Harbison – Centre for Aviation: Chairman Emeritus of CAPA, what was the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, but now Centre for Aviation, having grown to more than 100 people located around the world in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.  CAPA is recognised for being ahead of the curve in predicting critical defining phenomena and trends that have impacted aviation, including low cost airlines and airports, airport privatisation, the rise of China, India and the Middle East, the disruptive impact of technology and big data, and the evolution of regulation and how the industry innovates in response with Peter saying that aviation is a truly fascinating industry and over the coming years, CAPA will continue on its mission of providing leadership in aviation knowledge, with we are confident some very clear views into “What Might the Future of Aviation Look Like”.


Greg Waldron – FlightGlobal: Asia Managing Editor of FlightGlobal, the aviation industry’s most visited and trusted website featuring breaking news, analysis and opinion across industry sectors, as well as a variety of long-form and multimedia content. responsible for airline, coverage across the region. Greg makes regular TV appearances to discuss the industry and speaks at industry conferences. FlightGlobal is the world’s leading aviation news and data source, publisher and content provider delivering professional publications, special reports and online news and analysis, with the 110th anniversary in 2019 of its leading weekly magazine Flight International and 35th anniversary in 2020 of Airline Business. Greg will bring an Australian, across the region and also Asia centric view to “What Might the Future of Aviation Look Like”.


Barry Mayo – House of Travel Australia and Travel Managers:  Chairman and Director of House of Travel Australia and Chairman of Travel Managers with in excess of 50 years in the travel and aviation industries, Barry’s career spans six airlines, the start-up of a tour wholesaling business and roles as managing director of an international tour operator and CEO of a retail travel franchise company operating in nine countries. He is a past Chairman of IATA’s Australian Travel Agency Program, past President of The Australian Chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents, plus a past member of the Board of Airline Representatives for Australia and the Royal Institute of Transport in Australia.  He is a recognised industry opinion former and will bring to this webinar his depth aviation skills and knowledge, his extensive travel industry expertise and also his well-considered views on “What Might the Future of Aviation Look Like”.


Simon Westaway, Australian Tourism Industry Council and RoyceComm:  One of Australia’s most experienced executive business strategy and corporate affairs leaders Simon has approaching 25 years’ experience having worked inside some of Australia’s most identifiable organisations as a senior executive within Australian and South East Asian aviation and tourism, mineral resources, agriculture and private health sectors businesses, including BHP Limited, the Qantas Group including Jetstar, Tourism Australia, Orica Limited and Medibank Private Limited. He has also been CEO of a leading national agricultural body, the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) and today he combines his work leading Australia’s largest tourism member organisation, Australian Tourism Industry Council, while also advising large and smaller enterprises, ASX/NZX listed and private and engaging Government on a range of corporate, strategic media, digital and public affairs and communication requirements, including government and regulatory affairs. His extensive business and aviation experience assures that he has well thought out and considered views on “What Might the Future of Aviation Look Like”.


Joanna Lu – Ascend by Cirium: Head of Consultancy Asia for Ascend by Cirium, which provides the most extensive aviation insights the market has to offer to airlines, providing a global view of the market, bringing the essential context of changes and the opportunities and risks for airlines. For over 50 years they have delivered thousands of independent and trusted valuations and reports each year to help airlines and others make the right decisions to drive profitable performance, with their incomparable database containing over 41 million pieces of historical and present data on valuations, fleets, assets and aircraft. Joanna is a trusted advisor to governments, regulators, investors, OEMs, airlines and airports, providing highest quality advice, helping clients to find solutions in addressing the most complicated issues, specializing in airport planning and design, airline and airport strategic planning, OEM market studies, network development, environmental impact assessment and cargo market analysis. She is very familiar with global and Asia aviation markets and industry regulations and appears regularly on a range of media on aviation issues including CNBC Asia TV and she will bring her in-depth experience and knowledge to “What Might the Future of Aviation Look Like”.


Andrew Curran – SimpleFlying: Melbourne-based Andrew Curran is an aviation writer and in-house Qantas guru at, the world’s largest aviation news website and one-stop hub for aviation news and insights, with a goal to provide a one-stop hub for all the key stories on commercial aviation, sharing the news in a simple, accessible way. After years spent working in finance, Andrew made a mid-life career switch to writing about airlines, with a particular interest in regional aviation and smaller airlines. He has a love-hate relationship with airport lounges and can’t wait for the borders to open up again. A Masters level education and appetite for travel combines to make Andrew an incredible aviation brain with decades of insight behind him, working closely with airlines including Qantas and Virgin Australia, Andrew’s first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing Australian airlines adds exciting depth and colour to his work and sees him providing commentary to ABC News and more, sure to make a valuable and contribution to  “What Might the Future of Aviation Look Like”.


Phil Hoffman AM – Phil Hoffman Travel: 

Undoubtedly a doyen of the travel industry, awarded an Order of Australia in 2012 for his contribution to the Travel and Tourism Industries, he formed Phil Hoffmann Travel in Adelaide in 1990, with one location and only two staff, to now employing over 220 staff in ten branches with an annual turnover of over $155 million, with aviation naturally a very significant part of his very successful business, with Phil also as a result, having strong views on “What Might the Future of Aviation Look Like?”.


Joe Cusmano – Industry Expert

Joe Cusmano an airline industry veteran having recently retired after 29 years in the aviation industry of which 18 in senior executive positions with 5 different airlines. Joe didn’t not retire by choice but because he was diagnosed with MS in 2015 and whilst he has conducted a normal life, kept working and did what loved most, in the past 12 months his conditions deteriorated, therefore he had to stop working last December and return back home to Sydney to take care of himself.

Joe has travelled to 78 countries and lived in 8 different ones. He is a travel and will continue to be one for as long as he can.

Now that he has retired from full-time working, Joe decided to launch Stray Nomad, because he wanted to stay connected with what I love most and share what he has learned throughout his travel and working journey.


Moderator: John Alwyn-Jones

John Alwyn-Jones is one of Australia and the region’s most recognised, well-known, highly experienced and leading travel industry personalities and also travel journalists and presenters.  He is also an aviation specialist, with John Global Travel Media’s aviation editor and undertaking other editorial and partnership activities and of course as a webinar host.


When: Thursday 24 September 2020

Time: 13:00

Location: Zoom

When: September, 24 , 2020 01:00 PM

Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney 

Register in advance for this Webinar:


 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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