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Operators already attending the conference include:
* Air CM Global * Comlux Aviation * Luxaviation United Kingdom * London Executive Aviation; * DC Aviation; * Privajet * JetFly * MHS Aviation * Titan Aviation * Excellent Air * Hyperion * Emperor Aviation *

Quaynote Communications, leading conference specialists, have partnered with InterFlight Global Corporation and WINGX, international aviation consultants to re-launch MBAC.

By joining forces, we will maximise the synergy and impact of both conferences and provide an extended roster of speakers and exhibitors. Both conferences will engage delegate interest by identifying key topics, developing these as an ongoing conversation at MBAC and IPBAC, and by continuing this conversation throughout the year via social media and a dedicated discussion forum.

Chaired once again by Richard Koe, Managing Director of WINGX, and co-chaired by Oscar Garcia of InterFlight Global, MBAC will look at The Rise of the Super-Wealthy and the Impact of this upon the Business Jets Industry and the Leisure and Tourism Industries.  Fuelled by HNWIs from China, India and Russia, this high-end business and tourism travel has been responsible for the growth in business jet activity in many regions.

With an emphasis on attracting more operators to MBAC, we have invited both Maltese-based and international operators, to join the conference as speakers and as VIP delegates. As the requirement for operators to have a representative in Malta becomes more critical post-Brexit, we will also be addressing the impact of the UK`s departure from the EU on the business aviation industry.

As an essential networking event for operators, OEM’s, MROs, lawyers, corporate service providers, brokers, managers, FBOs, registries, tax advisors and associations, MBAC will pick up the narrative from Opportunities in Business Jets, and continue to provide a must-attend annual event for senior thought-leaders in the business jet industry.

We would like to invite leading players in the European business aviation sector to participate as speakers and Official Sponsors at MBAC.  From the Platinum, Gold or Silver Sponsorship, to hosting a cocktail party, lunch or refreshment breaks, to branding delegate badges or taking exhibition space, sponsorship will enable you and your practice to make the most of your presence at the conference.  Please let us know asap if you would like details of these options, or of our bespoke sponsorship packages, tailor-made to your budget and requirements.


AGENDA (subject to change)
08.00Refreshments and registration
Conference chaired by:
Richard Koe, Managing Director, WINGSX
Co-chaired by: Oscar Garcia, Interflight Global
Session One: Welcome to the conference
08.55Conference organizer`s opening remarks
09.00Conference Chairman`s introduction to the conference
09.05Opening presentation:
Joseph Bugeja, Chairman, Transport Malta
Session Two: How geo-politics is determining the industry’s fortunes
09.15Keynote Presentation: Macro geo political and economic issues and how they continuously define and change the aviation industry.
* Global trends in aviation for 2019
* How Malta can benefit from broader external factors and global developments
James Hogan, Executive Chairman, Knighthood Capital
09.35Panel: Which business jet industry sectors and jurisdictions stand to gain or lose as a result of Brexit?
*Solutions and legal pitfalls for UK-owned Malta operators
*Impact of Brexit on currencies and how to manage this risk
Moderated by: Richard Koe, WINGX
Panellists:Heather Gordon, Chief Legal Officer, Martyn Fiddler Aviation
Brendan Lodge, Aircraft Acquisition Specialist, JSSI
Stephen Ford, Head of Sales, Western Union Business Solutions
Nicholas Valenzia, Partner, Mamo TCV Advocates
Session Three: The business jet market today
10.20Presentation: How to market business aviation
*How do business aviation professionals see their market growing over the next few
*What they see as the biggest obstacles e.g. poor marketing/PR?
*What they think needs to be done to improve the industry’s image?
Phil Anderson, Executive Director, Citigate Dewe Rogerson
10.40Presentation: The next 10 years?

Pascal Bachmann, Jetcraft
11.00Refreshments and Exhibition
Session Four: Business Jet Financing and Aircraft Values
11.25Mastering Aircraft Residual Value Challenges
Henri Lauras, President, Aircraft Sales & Services, Titan Aviation Europe
11.45Panel: What keeps financiers up at night?
* How are geo-political events such as Brexit and US-China trade war impacting
the finance market?
* What are the growth perspectives for loans versus leasing? Is there room for both?
* Lease financing (e.g. operating leases and IFRS 16)
* What would the panellists like their clients to understand better?
* Who will finance non-traditional aircraft types, such older models, new entrants
Moderated by: Gary Crichlow, Arc & Co
Panellists to include:
Alexandra Asche, Sales Director Europe, Global Jet Capital
Dr Tonio Fenech, Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal
Michael Schuler, Senior Key Account Manager, Western Europe, Credit Suisse AG
Toennies von Limburg, Bank of America
Session Five: Tax developments in the business jet area
12.20A discussion on various tax matters affecting business aviation including:
* Customs and Brexit impact
* Tax treaty entitlement post-MLI
* Financing from a tax perspective
Brian Brennan, Tax Partner, KPMG
Session Six: Is the Cape Town agreement working effectively?
12.40Peer-to-Peer interview:
*What is working well and what isn`t working so well?
*Can it be made less complicated?
*The challenges of implementing multilateral treaties
*Insights from Aviation Working Group
Eric Lewin, Law Offices of Eric Lewin
Clayton B. Healey, Owner, AIC Title Service LLC
Session Seven: Does the industry have adequate infrastructure
14.00Presentation: Developing the airport of the future
Olivier Poncet, Air City Madrid Sur
14.20Questions & Discussion
Session Eight: Does this industry effectively manage its assets?
14.25Presentation: Long term maintenance / asset management / camo control
• Case-study of the different operational challenges for different types and size of operator:
• An analysis of the different procurement and scaling possibilities, based on size of fleet
Arjen Groeneveld, Regional Manager EMEA & Russia, based in Amsterdam Netherlands, Duncan Aviation
14.45Questions & Discussion
14.50Panel: Are aircraft operators flourishing or struggling?
*Private or commercial: what governs the choice?
*What are the benefits for an operator to have a Maltese AOC?
*What other benefits are operators looking from AOC providers?
*How does charter work? Does it cover direct operating costs and how transparent can you be?
*What improvements can be made from an client`s perspective?
Moderated by: Maureen Gautier, Associate, The Air Law Firm
Patrick JG Margretson-Rushmore, Chief Executive, Luxaviation United Kingdom / London Executive Aviation
Stanley Bugeja, Managing Director, DC Aviation & President, Malta Business Aviation Association (MBAA)
Glen Heavens, Synergy Aviation
Razvan Stefan, CEO, Emperor Aviation
15.30Exhibition & Refreshments
Session Nine: Is the industry being held back by poor recruitment and retention?
16.00Panel: What can we do to address recruitment and retention issues?
Moderated by: Fiona Healy, Managing Director, FCF Assets
Panellists Include:
Jean-Paul Xuereb, Head of HR, Comlux
Patrick JG Margretson-Rushmore, Chief Executive, Luxaviation United Kingdom / London Executive Aviation
Stuart Kirkwood, TAG
Julian Perigo, Boston Link
Session Ten: Is this industry being beneficially disrupted by technologies?
16.40High-speed Business Aviation Industry
Oscar Garcia, Interflight Global
16.50Presentation: Role of Data in Business Aviation
*where data is sourced
* how reliable is the data?
* how a carrier can configure this for their own use
Paolo Sommariva, FL3XX
17.15Panel: Leading Edge Technology Tools Development for Operators, FBOs, MROs and Suppliers
* What role does software provision and connectivity play in Malta and other jurisdiction`s ability to attract more operators?
* How does good technology provision support, simplify and enhance operators`
day to day processes?
* What are the practical application lessons for operator to profitably scale up?
* How can Artificial Intelligence and Revenue Management Software optimize hours
and seats sold at highest profit margin?
Moderated by: Oscar Garcia, Interflight Global
Panellists include:
Paolo Sommariva, FL3XX
Steffen Fries, CEO & Accountable Manager, MHS Aviation
Glen Heavens, Chairman, Synergy Aviation
Stuart Donnelly, Snr. Director Group International Sales – Europe & USA, SIXT
17.55End of conference proceedings
18.00Drinks Reception hosted at Grand Harbour Marina with delegate from Opportunities in Superyachts Conference

Chair: Richard Koe


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Co-Chair: Oscar Garcia

Interflight Global

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James Hogan

Executive Chairman, Knighthood Capital

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Heather Gordon

Chief Legal Officer, Martyn Fiddler Aviation

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Brendan Lodge

Aircraft Acquistion Specialist, JSSI

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Stephen Ford

Head of Sales, Western Union Business Solutions

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Nicholas Valenzia

Partner, Mamo TCV Advocates

Phil Anderson

Executive Officer, Citygate Dewe Rogerson

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Pascal Bachmann


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Henri Lauras

President Aircraft Sales & Services, Titan Aviation Europe

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Gary Crichlow

Arc & Co

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Alexandra Asche

Sales Director Europe, Global Jet Capital

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Dr Tonio Fenech

Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal

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Michael Schuler

Senior Key Account Manager, Credit Suisse

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Toennies von Limburg

Bank of America

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Brian Brennan

Tax Partner, KPMG Ireland

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Eric Lewin

Law Offices of Eric Lewin

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Clayton B. Healey

Owner, AIC Title Service LLC

Olivier Poncet

Air City Madrid Sur

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Arjen Groeneveld

Regional Manager EMEA & Russia, Duncan Aviation

Maureen Gautier

Associate, The Air Law Firm

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Patrick JG Margretson-Rushmore

Chief Executive, Luxaviation United Kingdom / London Executive Aviation

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Stanley Bugeja

Managing Director, DC Aviation & President, Malta Business Aviation Association (MBAA)

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Razvan Stefan

CEO, Emperor Aviation

Fiona Healy

FCF Assets

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Jean-Paul Xuereb

Head of HR, Comlux

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Stuart Kirkwood

TAG Aviation

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Julian Perigo

Managing Director, Boston Link

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Paolo Sommariva


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Steffen Fries

CEO & Accountable Manager, MHS Aviation

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Glen Heavens

Chairman, Synergy Aviation

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Stuart Donnelly

Snr. Director Group International Sales – Europe & USA, SIXT

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The conference is taking place at the HILTON MALTA, PORTOMASO, ST. JULIANS, MALTA
TEL: +356-213-83383 FAX: +356-213-86386

The Hilton Malta is located in the Portomaso Yacht Marina, just 15 minutes away from UNESCO World Heritage Capital City Valletta. This Malta hotel features three restaurants, four bars, four outdoor pools, two children’s pools and a heated indoor pool area. Relax in stylish and spacious guest rooms with year-round Mediterranean sunshine and an abundance of outdoor activities from a Maltese hotel designed with guests in mind.


We have a dedicated rooming block at the hotel with rates at 145 Euros/night which includes breakfast and taxes. Please register directly on line with the hotel using this link

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