AIR Convention Europe 2019

September 16th – 18th 2019, Vilnius, Lithuania
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3 Days
1000+ Global Aviation leaders
30+ Countries


1000+ Attendees from 30+ countries with 100+ C-level representatives from airlines. The event will also welcome high profile reps of airports, MROs, Finance & Leasing companies and many more industry professionals. The conference panels will also feature 100+ speakers from leading industry sectors.

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József Váradi
CEO and Founder

József Váradi is the founder and CEO of Wizz Air.  Before conceiving the idea of Wizz Air, Mr. Váradi led MALEV Hungarian Airlines between 2001 and 2003. During his time as CEO, the company underwent a major turnaround program including organizational restructuring and complete fleet renewal. The change resulted in a significant improvement of results, cutting losses by 80%. Mr. Váradi graduated from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics. He also obtained a Master of Laws from the University of London and completed the International Directorship program at INSEAD.

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Drew Magill
Managing Director - Marketing, Europe

Drew Magill is responsible for marketing efforts across Boeing’s family of commercial products in Europe. In previous roles, Magill worked in various international marketing positions developing strategies including campaigns to drive sales in France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Israel, Italy and the United Kingdom. Magill also led the market analysis team responsible for Boeing’s 20-year forecast for new airplane demand.

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Kimmo Mäki

Kimmo Mäki is the CEO of Finavia Corporation since January 2018. Before that, Mr. Mäki worked as the CEO of Port of Helsinki from 2011 to 2017. Prior to that he was the Senior Vice President at Steveco Oy. He has also worked as a Logistics Manager at Stockmann plc and other companies. Kimmo Mäki is currently a member of the Board of Finrail Oy. He holds an MSc in technology as well as an MBA and has extensive work experience of the service and logistics industry.

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Joerg Michael Eberhart
President & CEO

Joerg Michael Eberhart is the President and CEO of Air Dolomiti since 2014. Before that, Mr. Joerg worked as the Managing Director of AeroLogic GmbH Leipzig from 2010 to 2012. Prior to that, he was the  Vice President Commercial and Network at Air Dolomiti S.p.A. He has also worked as Head of Restructuring programme SCORE in LH passenger airlines division.

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Duncan Bureau

Duncan Bureau, the President of Air Canada Rouge was previously Vice President of Global Sales, a role he held since joining Air Canada in 2014. He was responsible for the airline’s revenue generated across sales channels from all global points of sale, and sales distribution strategies worldwide. Prior to joining Air Canada, Duncan was Senior Vice-President, Global Sales and Distribution at Malaysia Airlines where he was responsible for airline’s strategic direction in sales, distribution and tour operator divisions.

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Gediminas Ziemelis
Chairman of the Board

Gediminas Ziemelis – global aviation expert and visionary entrepreneur, twice awarded by Aviation Week as one of the 40 most talented leaders in the global aerospace industry. Currently, he holds the role as the Chairman of the Board at Avia Solutions Group – an international aviation holding company with over 30 subsidiaries worldwide. In recent years Gediminas has as well led and consulted aircraft leasing and trading business for transactions worth in total 2 billion US dollars. Mr. Ziemelis leadership skills were also recognized by the European Business Awards, where he received the award in the entrepreneurship category for his visionary inspiration and innovative approach to proactive aviation business development.

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Henrik Fjeld
Managing Director of Aircraft Technical Operations

Henrik Fjeld is Managing Director of Aircraft Technical Operations at Scandinavian Airlines. He is an experienced aviation professional with broad insight into Safety Management, Change Management, Restructuring and Recruitment. He started his career as Production Planning Engineer at SAS, then worked with aircraft engineering management at Norwegian for 9 years before joining SAS again.

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Wolfram Simon-Schröter
Managing Director

Dr. Wolfram Simon-Schröter is Managing Director of the Berlin-based Zeitfracht Group, responsible for the company’s six business divisions: Logistics, Aviation, Marine, Real Estate, Technology and Consulting. Before joining Zeitfracht as a Managing Director in 2015, Simon-Schröter took over HVT Haus- und Versorgungstechnik GmbH and founded today’s Zeitfracht Investment and Consulting GmbH, later bringing both companies into Zeitfracht Group.

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Paulo Mirpuri
President and CEO

Paulo Mirpuri was appointed President and CEO for Hi Fly in 2005, leading the airline through its successful growth from one aircraft operation to becoming the global leader in widebody aircraft wet leasing in 2018, providing a global network of airline and government customers with efficient “ready to go” transportation solutions. Over the last 30 years, Paulo Mirpuri accumulated a wealth of expertise in the aviation industry, with top management positions in several airlines (AL, NetJets) and support service companies (MESA-aircraft maintenance, LSKY- inflight catering, Target- aircraft trading, SafePort- aircraft and passenger handling, SGAB- Airport Management). In addition to his business experience, Paulo Mirpuri is a qualified doctor graduated from the Medical School of the Lisbon University (UNL) and an Airbus qualified pilot.

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Tamás Juhász
Category Development Manager, Airframe Maintenance Services

Mr. Tamás Juhász is a Category Development Manager of Airframe Maintenance Services at Lufthansa Group. Tamás has 9 years of experience and track record in aviation, management consulting, ICT. Prior to joining Lufthansa Group, he was managing the strategic purchasing activities in aircraft maintenance and ICT services at Wizz Air.

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Oliver Wirths
Director Strategy, Business Development TFM

Oliver Wirths has been working in Lufthansa’s team for around 10 years.  He is responsible for strategy and business development of the Lufthansa Group Technical Operations Function.  Before that, he managed procurement aircraft cabin interior products and services: conducted sourcing campaigns, worked with strategic suppliers, and defined commodity group strategies for Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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Aboudy Nasser
Chief Commercial Officer

Aboudy Nasser is the Chief Commercial Officer at London Stansted Airport, the fastest growing airport in the UK and on track to be the third largest airport in the UK with 29m passengers per year.  Prior joining London Stansted, Aboudy spent more than 20 years in the airline business, where he held a number of senior Commercial positions in both full-service and low-cost airlines across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region.  Aboudy was previously Senior Vice President, Planning and Revenue Management at Oman Air, responsible for Network Planning, Revenue Management, Commercial Planning, Distribution, Ecommerce, and Ancillary revenue. Before that, Aboudy was the Group Head of Sales, Distribution and Ancillary revenue for all AOCs in the AirAsia group, having joined AirAsia after eight years as Head of Sales Strategy and Planning at Etihad Airways.

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Žilvinas Lapinskas

Zilvinas Lapinskas is CEO of FL Technics, a global provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, and a Board Member of Avia Solutions Group, the parent company of FL Technics. Zilvinas Lapinskas boasts an experience of over 20 years spent leading international enterprises and teams of 4000+ employees. Prior to joining FL Technics, Zilvinas was the CEO of City Service, a NASDAQ OMX Vilnius Stock Exchange-listed company, engaged in facility management services in Eastern and Central Europe. With 7 years of experience in LEAN philosophy implementation, Zilvinas also specializes in merger and acquisition.

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Eugénio Fernandes

Eugénio Fernandes is the board member and CEO of EuroAtlantic Airways. His career in aviation industry started back in 1994 as the Finance Manager at Alitalia. In 1999 Mr. Fernandes became a shareholder and Chief Financial Officer of Tettus-Nave and eventually moved on to become the CEO and board member at Airplus. In 2005, he began his career at EuroAtlantic becoming the CEO in 2018. Fernandes holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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Darius Kajokas

Darius Kajokas is CEO and Board Member of Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world. Darius came to aviation in mid-2017 and brought his over 9 years’ experience in finance working for some of the leading companies in the fields of FMCG, pharmacy as well as one of the Big Four firms. Darius has acquired vast international experience and built a global expertise in areas such as corporate finance, strategic planning and strategy implementation and negotiations. Darius holds an MBA of Financial Economics from Rotterdam University.

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Fabio Zaffalon
Customer Strategy Director

Fabio Zaffalon has a solid history in management consulting, at both McKinsey and L.E.K. in the UK, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands and Africa. He has led extremely complex negotiations and deal making as well as strategy design for large organisations and investors. He is an expert in microeconomics-driven decision making and its applications in Strategy, Customer Experience, Corporate Finance and Valuation, Negotiation Support, M&A transactions, commercial and performance transformations, and interim management.

His current role as Director of Customer Strategy at Vueling Airlines is to help transform the company into the leading LCC in customer experience in Europe. Previously, he held enterprise-wide roles across the Airlines, Private Equity, Hospitality, Real Estate, and Energy industries.

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Rami Hindieh
Associate Director, Enterprise Data Management

Rami Hindieh, in his role as Associate Director of the Enterprise Data Management Office at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, is a key accountable member of the Senior Leadership team. He is responsible for leading Toronto’s Pearson Airport to become a data centric driven operation by rationalizing information, processes, applications, systems, and people across multiple business lines and IT functions. An Engineer by background with over 15 years of leadership roles in the Enterprise Information Management, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics space, Rami’s prior work engagements were at major financial institutions where he headed departments with a data focus that involved delivering successful and value-add Business Intelligence solutions, Information Management strategies, and data governance frameworks.

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Ahmet Hamdi Guvenc
Board Member

His starting point to airport industry carrier started at Antalya International Terminal as a Board Chairman until 2001. He took part in all the pre-tender and post-tender Works of Antalya Airport International Terminal 1. Additionally; he had an efficient position in the realization of the partnership of Antalya and Frankfurt Airports. Especially in Dalaman Airport; he had an active role in executing and terminating the all Airport Construction and Management pre-tender and post-tender works of ATM Airport Construction and Management Co. (Aktau Airport, Kiev Boriyspol Airport and so on…), Dalaman Airport and is having an active role in directing the Regional Tourism as the most important actor.

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Michael Rurik Halaby
Head of Aviation Debt Origination - EMEA

Michael Halaby is Head of Aviation Debt Origination – EMEA at Deutsche Bank in London. In this capacity, he is responsible business development and client coverage for airlines and aircraft operating lessors in the region across the debt product suite (e.g. secured bank debt, EETC, private placements, ABS, Schuldschein, Jolco). Previously Michael was a Senior Transactor in Deutsche Bank’s Structured Finance team structuring secured debt transactions for airlines and aircraft leasing companies located in Scandinavia, Middle East and Africa as well as for the helicopter sector. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Michael worked at Valais Advisory providing issuers and investors with impartial, independent assistance in securing and understanding debt capital markets financing. Previous to Valais, Michael was at BNP Paribas in New York as Managing Director – Debt Capital Markets where he built and ran the Yankee bond product group. He personally executed 104 transactions with a total value of US$66.8 billion as lead manager/bookrunner. Before BNP Paribas, Michael worked for ABN AMRO initially in Amsterdam then London and New York in their Debt Capital Markets group covering U.S. aviation, auto and FIG clients. As

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Mike Sein
Associate Director

Mike worked for an aircraft engine manufacturer for over 12 years in the Commercial and Procurement functions.  Mike has broad experience of managing OEM contracts worth in excess of $200m p.a., from pre-contract bidding and proposals, cost evaluation and forecasting, in-contract amendment and management, to termination and dispute resolution in relation to asset disposal.  In addition he has supplier management experience and was responsible for sourcing engine commodities in excess of $150m p.a.  He has worked with airlines in Europe and the Middle East and Africa, and suppliers from around the world, from China to the United States.


AIR Convention Europe will include 4 major talk panel streams with 100+ leading aviation industry experts.

The conference main panel – Commercial aviation forum aims to explore existing market patterns and examine trends & challenges of the global aviation industry. The main panel will review progressive solutions, significant developments and the upcoming game-changers of the industry, while also covering each sector of the industry:







Aviation Finance

Aviation Finance & Leasing

Aircraft and Engine

Aircraft & Engine Manufacturers

3 Additional Discussion Panels

The panel will cover a number of aviation-related practices, aimed at shaping customer experience: from in-flight entertainment innovations and personalization to LCC marketing strategies, IT, brand management, and other effective means to ensure strong customer service

The panel will examine latest innovative HR solutions, their adaptation for aviation sector, new trends in aviation workforce training and talent acquisition, as well as effective ways to attract more talents to the aviation industry

This panel is designed to review latest aviation technology developments, providing an extensive outlook on sector innovations. AeroTime Air Tech will examine how progressive tech solutions ranging from smart security practices to augmented reality projects can define the future of aviation

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Aviation Industry Awards

The international Aviation Industry Awards 2019 are here!

2019 awards will honor the most inspiring, creative and forward-thinking projects and companies in the whole aviation industry in two major sections of categories – Business and Innovation.

The winners will be determined by a voting process open to the public and announced worldwide during AIR Convention Europe 2019 Awards on September 17th in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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About Vilnius

Discover the best kept secret of Europe – the lustrous old town of Vilnius, the buzzing city center, the
greatest restaurants and the thrilling night-life of the compact city right at the G spot of Europe.

Vilnius cadedral square

Vilnius Cathedral

The Cathedral Basilica of Vilnius is the main Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lithuania. It is situated in Vilnius Old Town, just off of Cathedral Square. Dedicated to Saints Stanislaus and Ladislaus, the church is the heart of Catholic spiritual life in Lithuania.

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Gediminas castle Vilnius

Gediminas Castle

Gediminas' Tower (Lithuanian: Gedimino pilies bokštas) is the remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The first wooden fortifications were built by Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania. The first brick castle was completed in 1409 by Grand Duke Vytautas. The three-floor tower was rebuilt in 1933 by Polish architect Jan Borowski. Some remnants of the old castle have been restored, guided by archaeological research.

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Vilnius old town

Vilnius Old Town

The Old Town of Vilnius, one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe, has an area of 3.59 square kilometres (887 acres). It encompasses 74 quarters, with 70 streets and lanes numbering 1487 buildings with a total floor area of 1,497,000 square meters.

The oldest part of the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, it has developed over the course of many centuries, and has been shaped by the city's history and a constantly changing cultural influence. It is a place where some of Europe's greatest architectural styles—gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical—stand side by side and complement each other.

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Neris river vilnius

Neris River

The Neris river flows through Vilnius (Lithuania) and becomes a tributary of the Neman River (Nemunas) at Kaunas (Lithuania). Its length is 510 km.

For 276 km the river runs through Belarus, where it is called Viliya, and 235 km runs through Lithuania, where it is called Neris.

The Neris connects two old Lithuanian capitals – Kernavė and Vilnius. Along its banks are burial places of the pagan Lithuanians. At 25 km from Vilnius are the old burial mounds of Karmazinai, with many mythological stones and a sacred oak.

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