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2024 AGENDA

Prepare for three days of innovation, insights, and networking as we delve into the exciting world of air cargo. Join us for an immersive experience where industry leaders, experts, and professionals converge to explore the latest trends, technologies, and strategies shaping the future of cargo transportation.

14:00 Registration Opens

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15:00 Cargo Facts Consulting Freighter Fleet Strategy Workshop

This workshop will help you better understand the fundamentals of the freighter market and think more strategically about freighter fleet planning and opportunities. This is an ideal workshop for those who want to enhance their understanding of the freighter market and gain new ideas and approaches to freighter operations. Attendees must pre-register through the event registration to participate in the workshop. Click here to start your registration and reserve your spot today! 

 

17:00 Opening Cocktail Reception

Hosted on the Omni’s Sunset Terrace. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying a Southern California sunset.

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08:00 Registration 

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08:00 – 09:00 Networking Breakfast

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09:00 – 09:15 Opening remarks by the conference chairman

09:15 – 10:15 Session 1: 30th Anniversary Review: Freighters & the future of air logistics

PANEL 

  • Evolution of freighter aircraft over the decades, examining key milestones and operational advancements 
  • Analysis of the current state of the freighter market, focusing on the demand for freighters, and the impact of e-commerce on air logistics 
  • Future developments, projections and strategic directions for the freighter industry in the next 30 years!  

10:15 – 10:45 Session 2: Fireside chat with Atlas Air’s Michael Steen

During our fireside chats, we sit down for frank, one-on-one conversations with leaders in the air cargo industry on the future of their companies and the industry.  

10:45 – 11:15 Morning Break

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11:15 – 11:45 Session 3: Large-widebody freighters: Matching supply with demand

PRESENTATION

  • 747 freighters still a hot commodity 
  • Fleet renewal in full swing 
  • Is there enough large-widebody capacity to support growing demand? 

11:45 – 12:30 Session 4: Shifting market share in the medium-widebody and narrowbody segments

PANEL

  • What does the slowdown in 767 conversions mean for the long-term freighter fleet? 
  • To what degree will Boeing’s production extension of the 767F to 2033 change the calculus whether to pursue medium–widebody conversions? 
  • Challenges to securing A330 feedstock for conversions 

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12:30 – 13:55 Lunch & Spotlight Presentation by Diamond Sponsor EFW

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14:00 – 14:30 Session 5: Fireside chat with UPS Airlines’ Bill Moore

During our fireside chats, we sit down for frank, one-on-one conversations with leaders in the air cargo industry on the future of their companies and the industry.

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14:30 – 15:10 Session 6: Balancing engine and freighter leasing demand

PANEL

  • Maximizing green time on existing engine types 
  • Managing the oversupply of narrowbody freighters  
  • Feedstock inventory strategies for new freighters  

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15:10 – 15:40 Session 7: Integrating Advanced Air Mobility into commercial airspace 

PRESENTATION 

  • Progress of FAA standardizing certification for operational use 
  • Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) and its challenges 
  • Current investor interest  or lack thereof  in funding AAM programs

15:40 – 16:10 Afternoon Break

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16:10 – 17:00 Session 8: State of the freighter conversion market: Too many or too few conversions and conversion capacity? 

OXFORD DEBATE

Two teams will face off in an Oxford-style debate on the future of the conversion market. Topics of discussion will include: 

  • Are there too many conversion programs? In which freighter categories? 
  • Are there too many conversion orders?  
  • Is the future of conversions in jeopardy with overcapacity and investment losses? 
  • Is current feedstock inhibiting or permitting conversions? 

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08:00 Registration

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08:00 – 09:00 Networking Breakfast

09:00 – 10:00 Session 9: Appraisers’ view of freighters and feedstock

PANEL 

  • Lease rate changes and influences 
  • Market conditions and asset values in a low-growth airfreight market 
  • Outlook on feedstock prices across freighter types 

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10:00 – 10:30 Session 10: Fireside chat with ATSG’s Mike Berger

During our fireside chats, we sit down for frank, one-on-one conversations with leaders in the air cargo industry on the future of their companies and the industry.  

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Break

11:00 – 11:30 Session 11: Global trade dynamics: Adjusting strategies for shifting economic tides

PRESENTATION

  • How global economic changes are altering the air freight industry 
  • The latest on trade wars, tariffs, and shifting economic alliances 
  • Strategies to navigate and leverage changes in global trade for optimal freight operations 

11:30 – 12:15 Session 12: Strategic MRO partnerships: Selecting, integrating, and optimizing for operational excellence

PANEL 

  • Critical steps for selecting the right MRO partner 
  • Assessing essential criteria such as technical expertise, cost efficiency, quality assurance, and logistical considerations 
  • Effective strategies for integrating MRO services with existing fleet management and data systems 

12:15 Lunch & Spotlight Presentation by Diamond Sponsor Boeing

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13:30 Conclusion