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In Conversation with John Thomas, Group Executive Virgin Australia Airlines and Bob Somers, Senior Vice President - Global Sales, Delta Air Lines
The Changing Dynamics of Aviation, Tourism and Trade
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Conference Hall
Crown Conference Centre
Whiteman Street
Event Partner:  FCM Travel Solutions
Category:  Special Event
Join Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive, John Thomas, and Delta Air Lines Senior Vice President – Global Sales, Bob Somers, at this special AmCham event. Don't miss your chance to hear two of the international aviation industry's most experienced executives in conversation.

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia have been working together to support travel between Australia and North America since the launch of their trans-Pacific joint venture in 2011, which was reauthorised by the ACCC in 2015 for a further five years.

Together, the two airlines have increased competition on the all-important trans-Pacific routes and facilitate travel to around 200 destinations across North America, enabling enhanced trade and tourism between the two regions. The alliance partners will launch flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles, operated by Virgin Australia, in April this year.

The United States is one of the top five source countries for visitors to Australia, and also the largest investor in Australia.

This is a rare opportunity to hear from two business leaders at the forefront of the global travel industry about the changing dynamics of aviation, tourism and trade between the U.S. and Australia and the opportunities that lie ahead.

John Thomas joined the Virgin Australia Group as Group Executive, Virgin Australia Airlines in September 2016 and is responsible for all aspects of Virgin Australia Airlines. John previously led management consulting firm LEK’s global aviation practice, where he was also the head of their Asia-Pacific business. John played a key role in personalising the customer experience and building new ancillary revenue streams in the US aviation market.

Bob Somers is Senior Vice President – Global Sales for Delta Air Lines. In this role he is responsible for leading a global sales team focused on maximizing premium revenue and share performance with Delta’s commercial account base including global, national, specialty accounts, as well as Delta Vacations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta.

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