updated 10/5/2010 6:16:20 PM ET 2010-10-05T22:16:20

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will soon welcome aviation leaders from across the country to New Orleans, Louisiana for the 15th Annual International Aviation Forecast Summit. More than 300 executives from all segments of the aviation industry are scheduled to attend this prestigious event. The hallmark of the Boyd Group International Summit is that it is focused on facts, figures, and realities.

"It is a privilege to host this aviation summit in our wonderful city," said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. "Boyd Group International is one of the industry's most respected strategic planning organizations and its conference has again attracted leaders from across the aviation spectrum. We look forward to welcoming the many airline and airport representatives to our community."  

The Boyd Group Aviation Forecast Conference will be held October 24-26, 2010 at the Ritz Carlton.  The conference agenda will include airport traffic, airline trends & strategies, as well as its Global Fleet Demand & Trend projections. The 2010 Summit has an increased focus on the international aspect as Global Alliances and international cross-investment are increasingly impacting all areas of aviation.

"New Orleans, a center of international trade and commerce, is the perfect venue for the International Aviation Forecast Summit," stated Michael Boyd, President, Boyd Group International, a leading consulting firm located in Evergreen, Colorado.

Boyd Group International will be presenting ten year forecasts of airport traffic, airline trends & strategies, as well as its Global Fleet Demand & Trend projections. The forecasts will include emerging trade and traffic flows by global region. Plus, a large number of aviation executives and decision-makers will provide their insights and perspectives on what to expect in the coming years.

Scheduled aviation leaders who will be presenting during the conference include:

Airbus - Lynda Paulson, Director

AirTran - Kevin Healy, Sr. Vice President Planning / Market

American Airlines - Will Ris, Sr. Vice President Government Affairs

ATH Group - Michael Baiada, President

ATR - Mark Neely, Vice President

Boeing - Richard Wynne, Director

Bombardier - Chuck Evans, Director

Cape Air - Andrew Bonney, Vice-President

Copa - Joe Mohan, Vice President Commercial & Planning

Delta Air Lines –-Tony Charaf, President - Tech Ops

Great Lakes - Chuck Howell, Chief Executive Officer

ICAO - Narjess Teyssier, Chief of Economic Analysis

Innovata - Richard Thorne, Managing Director

JBT AeroTech - John Lee, Vice President & Division Manager

Lufthansa - Florian Dehne, Director Alliances & Business Development

MIT - William Swelbar, Research Engineer

oneworld - John McCulloch, Managing Partner

Pinnacle - Phil Reed, Vice President

SkyWest - Chip Childs, President

Southwest Airlines - Dave Ridley, Senior Vice President Marketing & Revenue Management

US Airways - Robert Isom, Chief Operating Officer

US Travel Association - Roger Dow, President & CEO

United Airlines - Cindy Szadokierski, Vice President, Airport Operations Planning & Int'l Operations

About Boyd Group International

Boyd Group International provides strategic planning and tactical solutions for aviation-related clients, including forecasting, research and consulting. It also produces Airports:USA® -- a comprehensive suite of aviation information and strategic decision tools, including Aviation DataMiner™, the most advanced analytical information source available today. Airports:USA is also the only source of independent enplanement forecasts accomplished in the private sector, covering 146 of the nation's airports, representing over 95% of all passengers. Boyd Group International is headquartered in Evergreen, Colorado, just west of Denver. For more information on the firm, visit www.aviationplanning.com .

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