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Qantas executive to 'lecture' at forthcoming conference

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Melburnian1

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No, my post below is not a way to subtly advertise a forthcoming aviation conference, in this case hosted by Terrapinn.

It's more to express bemusement.

Just days after QF announces a record breaking loss, albeit one mostly composed of depreciation charges, up pops another email from Terrapinn (and boy does this conference organiser know how to keep emails flooding in.)

It's advertising the 7th annual aviation outlook conference in Asia's equal most boring major city, Singapore (a title it shares with KL in my view) on 28 and 29 October 2014.

Who should pop up as on a four person panel on the first day, but a Mr Evert Meyer, who must have one of the more interesting jobs in transport - head of international - strategy and network, Qantas. I idly wondered if he carries a large pair of scissors around in his backpack, being careful to check them in when on a QF or JQ flight.

The panel will discuss 'opportunities or threats - redefining the competition between full service airlines and low cost carriers' with co panellists from Air Asia and Oman Air.

On the second day, Mr Meyer has a solo gig for half an hour with the talk entitled 'Strategic commercial planning - a multifunctional approach to success.'

Apart from that mention of 'multifunctional' that had me reminiscing about the days of the once heavily promoted South Australian white elephant 'multifunction polis' intended for Monarto South that's on the main Melbourne to Adelaide, Perth and Darwin rail line but otherwise is or was only known for a zoo if I recall, the day two topic brought the thought 'is this bloke serious?'

Not being an avid conference attendee, I am sure that at times these are valuable business networking opportunities and one might learn a few or many things. Side benefits can include tax writedowns or if in countries such as Philippines or the Maldives, beautiful beaches.

However, in more serious mode, how can such an executive go to a conference like this and hold his head high when his competitors and others may have read of the recent QF annual results and possibly compared them to what NZ reported the day before (a NZ4330 million or so profit?)

I doubt that I'd have the nerve to do that if I was in this gent's position.

The words 'Qantas' and 'success' are polar opposites at present, at least in the financial sense of the word.
 
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Brettmcg, true, but lots of QF matters seem to be placed under this header so I chose that rather than 'open discussion.'

If the site moderators wish to move it to the 'general' section, well and good.
 

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On the second day, Mr Meyer has a solo gig for half an hour with the talk entitled 'Strategic commercial planning - a multifunctional approach to success.'
Having re-defined the dictionary meaning of "enhancement", Qantas are now looking to re-define the meaning of "success".
 

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'Strategic commercial planning - a multifunctional approach to success.'

:D I must remember that term for the next staff meeting.....
 

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Considering QFi have improved considerably their performance, I am sure there are some learnings worth sharing, which is of course the purpose of such conferences, which are not to be confused with award nights :shock:
 
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