Air France-KLM CEO to speak at TFWA show in Cannes

By Kevin Rozario |

Air France-KLM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac will join Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, and Luxottica CEO Andrea Guerra, as keynote speakers at the 30th TFWA World Exhibition & Conference.


De Juniac (pictured right), as one of the plenary speakers at the conference on Monday 27 October, will address the challenges facing the airline business amid fluctuating trading conditions.


Air France-KLM, the holding company formed after the merger of Air France and KLM in 2004, returned to a positive operating result last year (€130bn) after an operating loss of €336m in 2012.

Thom Rankin, TFWA Vice-President (left) says: “Alexandre de Juniac leads the airline with the largest long-haul network out of Europe so he is well-placed to provide a fascinating insight into the way in which international civil aviation is developing around the world. We are delighted to be able once again to present a conference and workshop programme which will give delegates from every sector of our business informed commentary and stimulating debate.”



For the first time Latin America will be the focus of the annual Market Watch Workshop on Tuesday 28th at 8am in the Salon Croisette of the Majestic Hotel.


The one-hour Market Watch: Latin America Workshop will explore duty free and travel retail in the region, including infrastructure developments, market and product trends and changes to customer profiles.


Speakers will include Enrique Urioste, President of Latin American duty free association ASUTIL and CEO of leading regional retailer Neutral; Pedro Castro, World Duty Free Group International Operations Director and ASUTIL board member; and Peter Mohn, Partner and Co-founder of m1nd-set Global Marketing Intelligence & Solutions, who will present key findings from research commissioned by TFWA into travellers in Latin America.



Meanwhile TFWA is joining forces with French manufacturers’ union Unifab to hold a 1.5 hour working lunch on the threat posed by counterfeit goods on Tuesday 28th at 12.30pm.


In a session designed to encourage exchange and debate, a panel of experts will open the discussion on the growing threat that counterfeit goods pose to the DF&TR industry, presenting illustrative case studies. Speakers will be announced shortly.


The one-hour Airline & Retailer Workshop: Inflight Focus on Wednesday 29th at 8am in the Salon Croisette of the Hotel Majestic, will give delegates a chance to explore product trends, sales techniques and advances in technology within the inflight retail market.


The panel of speakers will include Jasmine Li, Manager Inflight Sales and Service Development, Cathay Pacific; Ana Rita Aragão, Inflight Sales Director, Lojas Francas de Portugal/TAP Air Portugal; and Joe Harvey, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Tourvest Inflight Retail Services.


Participation in the Conference and Workshops is open to all delegates. Registration is not required for the conference; for registration for the workshops, including the Working Lunch, please contact [email protected].

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