DFW International Airport to Host 17th Annual Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit in September

Leading aviation industry forecast conference highlighted by appearances from key aviation CEOs and executives

DFW AIRPORT, Texas, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boyd Group International will hold its 17th annual Aviation Forecast Summit from September 16 through 18 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with DFW International Airport serving as host and major sponsor.  The Aviation Forecast Summit features prominent aviation industry leaders and insight into where the airline industry is headed as a whole, with valuable insight for airline and airport professionals.

"The International Aviation Forecast Summit is focused on real aviation industry forecasts, including emerging trends, evolving economic factors, traffic shifts, and aircraft demand," said Michael Boyd, Chairman of Boyd Group International.  "Even with the major changes we've seen recently, there are more fundamental shifts to come in the next three years. The Summit provides fresh perspectives not found at other events."

"The dramatic changes we've seen over the past decade in the airline industry make the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit a must for key decision-makers at airlines and airports," said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport.  "We are very excited to play a part in hosting this year's summit, and we're looking forward to the tremendous insight the summit will provide."

The Aviation Forecast Summit for 2012 features an impressive list of speakers including Mr. Fegan, along with Steven Udvar Hazy, CEO of Air Lease Corp., Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, Dave Barger, CEO of JetBlue, Ben Baldanza, CEO of Spirit Airlines, David Cush, CEO of Virgin America, Scott Kirby, President of US Airways, Paul Jacobson, CFO of Delta Air Lines, David Neeleman, CEO of Azul and Dr. Chi Zhihang, Vice President North America for Air China, Paul Jacobson, CFO of Delta Airlines, Chuck Schubert, VP of American Airlines and Executives from Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, ATR, and Mitsubishi, and other airline executives.

"We're honored to have DFW International Airport serve as the host for this year's Summit," said Boyd. "As one of the nation's most prominent emerging Global Portals, it is a fitting venue to outline the exciting opportunities and dynamics of the international aviation industry."

Some of the emerging and key trends to be discussed include the emergence of alliances as the key strategic decision makers, the end of the years of robust air traffic growth, and gradual regionalization of the U.S. domestic system with the decline of smaller regional jet usage in today's transportation system.  Each of these will dramatically affect the aviation sector.

The 17th Annual International Aviation Forecast Summit takes place at the Hotel Intercontinental in Addison Texas, starting on Sunday, September 16.  For more information and the Summit Agenda or to register to attend the Summit, please visit http://www.aviationforecastsummit.com/.

About Boyd Group International
Boyd Group International is a multi-dimensional aviation consulting and research organization, with headquarters in Evergreen, Colorado. The firm provides strategic forecasting and tactical assistance to airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and financial institutions. It is frequently called upon by the national media for input on aviation matters and has provided testimony to Congress on issues affecting the industry.
www.AviationPlanning.com

About DFW International Airport

Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world's fourth busiest, offering nearly 1,750 flights per day and serving 57 million passengers a year. DFW provides nonstop service to 144 domestic and 49 international destinations worldwide. For five consecutive years, DFW has ranked in the top five for customer service among large airports worldwide in surveys conducted by Airports Council International. For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability or further details regarding the many services provided at DFW International Airport, visit www.dfwairport.com.

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