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Published: 05/25/2011
CONTACT(s):
Daniel Jiron, Albuquerque International Sunport (505) 244-7780, djiron@cabq.gov

Albuquerque Prepares to Welcome Aviation Industry Leaders

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Albuquerque International Sunport and the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau are proud to announce that Boyd Group International has selected Albuquerque as the site of their 16th Annual International Aviation Forecast Summit. More than 300 industry leaders are expected to attend this conference to learn about trends in the airline industry and forecast data of what to expect in the years ahead.

The conference, hosted by the Albuquerque International Sunport, will be held August 28 – 30, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, and will cover many issues facing aviation including volatile fuel prices, global fleet trends, alliances, technological advances, air traffic control issues, and evolving marketing strategies in the aviation field.

For almost two decades, this event has had an exceptional track record for accurate forecasting for aviation, and we will be providing forecasts in the following areas at this year’s Summit: Aviation Trends, Global Fleet Demand, Airline Strategies and US Air Traffic Projections.

“It is a privilege for our community to host this summit,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Boyd Group International has set the standard for aviation forecasting and we look forward to welcoming them and the industry leaders to our great city.”

“We are excited to bring the 16th Annual International Aviation Forecast Summit to Albuquerque. The dynamic economic and cultural environment of New Mexico is a great venue for the global scope of the event.” stated Michael Boyd, president.

Aviation leaders who are scheduled to present at the 2011 conference include:

Southwest Airlines – Gary Kelly, CEO
SkyWest – Chip Childs, CEO
WestJet – Hugh Dunleavy, EVP – Strategy & Planning
American Airlines – Susan Garcia, VP Information Technology
Pratt & Whitney – Paul Finklestein, VP Marketing
Airbus – Simon Pickup, Director
Bombardier – Jerome Cheung, Director
ATH Group – Capt. Michael Baiada, CEO
MIT – William Swelbar – Research Engineer
Armbrust Aviation – John Armbrust, CEO
Frontier Airlines – Daniel Shurz, VP
Great Lakes Aviation – Chuck Howell, President
Pinnacle – Phil Reed, VP Networks & Operations
Cape Air – Andrew Bonney, VP
Executives are also confirmed from: Delta, US Airways, Boeing, and many others to be announced soon.

Optional workshops are offered for all attendees beginning Sunday, August 28. Delegates are welcome to register for the optional workshops presented by aviation trendsetters focusing on the toughest issues facing aviation today.

“We are honored Boyd Group International chose Albuquerque as their meeting destination and look forward to welcoming this prestigious group to the area,” said Dale Lockett, President/CEO of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are thrilled to have an opportunity to showcase the area’s authenticity, culture, cuisine and outdoor offerings to this group of leading aviation professionals.”

Keynote speakers predict that alliances and joint planning on market strategy, fleets and purchasing will have a major impact the aviation industry within the next five years -more-so than the airlines alone.

Registration information for the 2011 Boyd Group Aviation Forecast Conference can be found at http://www.aviationforecastsummit.com/.

More information on the conference and area offerings can be found at: http://www.itsatrip.org/aviation.
 
About Boyd Group International
Boyd Group International provides strategic planning and tactical solutions for aviation-related clients, including forecasting, research and consulting. It also produces Airports:USA® - a comprehensive suite of aviation information and strategic decision tools, including Aviation DataMiner™, the most advanced analytical information source available today. Airports:USA is also the only source of independent enplanement forecasts accomplished in the private sector, covering 146 of the nation’s airports, representing over 95% of all passengers. Boyd Group International is headquartered in Evergreen, Colorado, just west of Denver. For more information on the firm, visit www.aviationplanning.com.

About the Albuquerque International Sunport
The Albuquerque International Sunport is a world-renowned facility that welcomes nearly six million travelers per year. We are committed to providing a clean, safe and passenger friendly facility to meet the travel needs of visitors and New Mexicans alike. The Albuquerque International Sunport is owned by the City of Albuquerque and operated by the Aviation Department. For Sunport information, please visit our web site at www.cabq.gov/airport or call (505) 244-7700.

About the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
The mission of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau is to stimulate economic growth by marketing Albuquerque as a visitor and convention destination. For more information, please call (505) 842-9918 or visit our web site at www.itsatrip.org.
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