As the Asian Aerospace 2007 International Expo and Congress gets off to a start here in Hong Kong, we’ll be blogging from the event and congress hall on what the great and the good have to say.
First up Flight’s own Head of Strategy, Kevin O’Toole, welcomes the audience with the message that AA07 is a new event focussed on the commercial air transport industry.
This new direction, says Kevin, is fitting given that the Asia Pacific region is now the world’s fastest growing market within the commercial air transport sector.
In fact, he quotes, that one third of all widebodies are now based out of the region, and more impressively the Asia Pacific region now accounts for one third of all civil aircraft orders (Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier).
Kevin outlines the agenda for the Congress for today, tomorrow and Wednesday:
Monday – Air Transport strategy
Tuesday – Operations
Wednesday – Technology partnerships
And the panel of speakers today includes Tony Tyler (Cathay’s chief exec), Wang Changshun (Vice-Minister of General Adminstration of Civil Aviation of China) and Zang Hongbiao (President of CHina Aviation Industry Corporation).