National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ), in partnership with Embraer S.A, the multinational aerospace manufacturer and Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA), has announced it will co-host a three-day aviation innovation summit named Africa Aviation and Travel Innovation.
It will be a three-day show in Nairobi and will explore the theme Enhancing Intra-African Trade Through Aviation and Travel.
The exact dates for the event are from 22-24 November 2021 and will bring together stakeholders from aviation, tourism, technology, and start-up industries, to discuss ways to build resilient and sustainable business strategies post-COVID-19.
The Aviation innovation summit is designed to explore opportunities with local start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises to co-create innovative solutions with aviation stakeholders while contributing to the sustainable development of Africa.
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The summit agenda will analyse how this industry has been forced to reinvent itself in the last few months and what its future will look like.
Some of the vertical forums will cover innovative technology, health and safety, aero political issues, and pricing.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has showed us that out of adversity comes opportunity. In these difficult times, everybody in the industry, is looking to do things differently and find better, faster ways to operate. Consequently, new ideas and new innovations are more important than ever. There are many unique opportunities co-create innovations at the moment and the summit is a platform to explore these opportunities; to grab and build on the advancements of many innovations,” Allan Kilavuka, CEO, Kenya Airways.
“We are honoured to have been invited by Kenya Airways to participate in this initiative. Innovation and challenging the status quo are part of Embraer’s DNA and we are looking forward to sharing our experience with the Summit participants. We strongly believe that through agility and openness to evolve with new technologies, African carriers have the potential to leapfrog the rest of the industry. This event is a step in exactly this direction,” says Hussein Dabbas, Embraer General Manager – Africa & Middle East.