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Aviation Update Series 2021 – Will Aviation Ever be the Same Again? – FREE EVENT

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  • Date: 25 Mar 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Location: online

Join us for the the next session in our popular series of Aviation Skillnet updates.   We are delighted to welcome Conor McAuliffe, MD for European Affairs with United Airlines and Dermot Mannion ex CEO Aer Lingus

Aviation update 2021 – Will Aviation Ever be the Same Again?

Thursday, March 25th at 1pm

40 Minute Free Session  (plus Q&A)

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Session Overview : 

Where are we now?

  • 12 months of uncoordinated travel restrictions and disputes over refunds and vouchers on passenger sides.  Positives include cargo traffic.
  • ‘Stop/start’ efforts to open borders.  Reintroduction of lockdowns and travel restrictions.
  • Vaccine rollout underway, but challenges persist around timing and new Covid variants.
  • Industry recovery is very regional and slow.

The Future?

  • Brexit: billed as the economic story du jour at the end of the transition period.  Represents an unprecedented reversal of liberalisation in aviation but could have been worse
  • What will the ‘new normal’ look like for air travel, post pandemic?
    • Will we continue to see investor appetite for aircraft assets?
  • Industry commitment to improve environmental record
  • CORSIA and net zero emission targets


 Conor McAuliffe joined United Airlines in 1999 and is the Managing Director for European & Industry Affairs.   A graduate of Trinity College Dublin , he holds  a Law Degree and a Masters in Literature. He obtained his Barrister at Law Degree from the Honourable Society of the King’s Inn, Dublin.  His professional experience includes Associate attorney at Jenner & Block and Zevnik Horton in Chicago as well as Lawyer to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.


Dermot Mannion is now a consultant based in Ireland with an involvement at advisory and board level in a number of aviation projects worldwide. Previously, he had a distinguished career at Emirates in Dubai between 1985 and 2005, rising to the position of President Group Support Services. Subsequently, he held the position of Aer Lingus CEO between 2005 and 2009, completing the privatization of the airline. More recently, in the capacity of Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, he played a key role in the award-winning rebranding and restructuring program of the airline. He has also completed a four-year term of office on the board of the one of the largest IT companies based in Singapore.

Contact maeve@icbe.ie to book your place