REGIONAL AIR TRAFFIC GROWTH CREATES NEW DEMAND FOR AIRCRAFT

Embraer, Bombardier, and Mitsubishi Aircraft executives to discuss new growth and new opportunities in Southeast Europe at SEAS 2016  

DECEMBER 08, 2016 – BELGRADE, SERBIA – Growth in the number of regional air travelers is creating new demand and new opportunities for aircraft manufacturers, said organizers of the Southeast Europe Aviation Summit (SEAS) today. SEAS 2016 will host top aviation industry and government leaders in Belgrade next week for the very first edition of the summit.

SEAS will include a special panel focused on new aircraft models with the potential to improve the effectiveness of short and medium haul operations in Southeast Europe as the market expands. Confirmed panelists include: Arjan Meijer, Vice President Europe, Middle East, Russia & Central Asia, Embraer; Thomas Savas, Sales Director for South East Europe, Bombardier; and Jorge Abando, Vice President Marketing, Mitsubishi Aircraft.

“The regional airliner market is undergoing big changes,” said Addison Schonland, CEO of Airinsight and moderator of the panel. “Embraer and new entrant Mitsubishi are coming out with new models. Bombardier is updating its CRJ.  Recent entrant Superjet is winning new customers. Airlines and lessors have an unprecedented selection to choose from.”

Air travel volume generally doubles every 15 years. However, some cities in Southeast Europe are ahead of the trend. In Belgrade, for example, traffic doubled in just 11 years since 2002. As a result, Belgrade has moved from the typical 50-seat regional jet market to the 70-seat market in just five years.

“Improving air travel within the region is an issue of critical importance not only to SEAS delegates, but to business and leisure travelers across Southeast Europe,” said Petar Vojinovic, Chair of the SEAS Organizing Committee and Chief Executive Officer of the summit’s host, Tango Six Events. “This panel will dive deep into the next generation of aircraft serving these routes, with an emphasis on opportunities for regional manufacturers.”