Keynote CEO panel: Decarbonisation, AI, and tech trends

by | Nov 9, 2023 | Airlines, Airports, Digital Transformation, Interviews, News, On-demand, Travel Tech

At World Aviation Festival, the keynote CEO panel consisting of Luis Gallego, CEO, IAG, Güliz ÖztürkCEO, Pegasus, Tim Clark, President, Emirates, Luís Rodrigues, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, TAP Air Portugal, and Willie Walsh, Director General, IATA, convened to discuss the future of the global aviation industry. The discussion was organised in two main sections: the first focused on the decarbonisation of the industry, while the second explored the implications of artificial intelligence (AI). 

Moderator Guy Johnson immediately split the panel asking:

“Are the 2050 sustainability targets realistic? Do you think they can be achieved in a way that does not impact demand?”

The question sparked lively discussion around the major changes needed for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production, geographic considerations, human ingenuity, airport infrastructure complications and more. Working to map out the bottlenecks and voicing conflicting opinions on the industry’s sustainability trajectory, the panellists provided a comprehensive exploration of the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Conversation also looked at AI’s potential in overcoming current adversities as well as any potential harm it could pose to airline profitability. The consensus across the panel was that the industry as a whole will eventually adapt to the new possibilities of AI, but those that harness technology early will reap the most benefits.

Throughout the session, discussion touched on other intriguing questions including: Are we seeing a generational shift away from aviation? How can we ensure middle management are openminded when it comes to adopting disruptive technology? And, will current challenges impact talent attraction and retention? For insights from pioneering industry leaders on these matters and more, watch the full session.



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