Thanks To All Our Attendees, Sponsors, and Our Host, Denver International Airport For The Best-Attended And Most Exciting IAFS Ever!
And, The Event Delivered $35.9 Million In Earned Media Coverage For The Mile High City!
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The 23rd International Aviation Forecast Summit brought together almost 400 leaders from around the globe to explore the future or our industry.
Without question, this year the IAFS again delivered more actionable business intelligence than any other event. The discussion format gave the attendees exceptional depth of information and outstanding opportunities for direct interaction with industry CEOs and senior executives.
We again thank our platinum sponsors, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines, and our other sponsors and our great host, Denver International Airport!
The IAFS™ always delivers outstanding new perspectives and business intelligence. We’ll be posting key sessions and key insights shortly.
But this year, we had a couple of other aviation “firsts” - and even one "last"
Last Southwest Peanuts. The IAFS has the distinction of being the final time Southwest Airlines served peanuts. As one of our Platinum Sponsors, they provided the remaining stocks of in-flight packages to the IAFS attendees.
New United Color Pallet. Also a Platinum Sponsor, United showcased its new color scheme at the IAFS this year... a very elegant use of a shade of indigo/purple, by the way.
The First IAFS To Get Picketed. When our attendees left the hotel to board busses for the exciting Monday evening event at Coors Field, hosted by Denver International Airport, they were greeted by dozens of in-uniform Frontier pilots, professionally holding banners and posters regarding their current contract negotiations.
In a very real way, this was an honor, and yet another indication of the esteem that the IAFS™ holds in all areas of the aviation industry. Apparently, these pilots recognized the outstanding high level of leaders that attend the IAFS™ and found it a valuable venue to get their message out.
The First IAFS™ To Have Comfort Dogs Assisting Attendees. Things can get exciting at the IAFS™ - but not to worry, our host, Denver International Airport brought their comfort dogs to the event to keep things in a calm and focused state.
We’ll be covering the sessions shortly, but these are just some of the factors that make the IAFS™ what our attendees have described as the best aviation conference of any!
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