NEW YORK, Jan. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aviation Week Network’s MRO Latin America (#MROLA) will be held February 14-15 at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, Panama.  Focused on commercial aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), the event offers a forum for exchanging information and best practices, and networking among industry leaders representing airlines, regulators, suppliers, and service providers.

Latin America is expected to be the third largest market for deliveries, just after North America and Western Europe (ranked one and two, respectively), despite current tough economic conditions, according to Brian Kough, Director of Forecasts & Analysis with Aviation Week Network.

The experts will lead drill-down discussions, sessions, workshops, and business development opportunities in an intimate setting with attendees focused on growing their organizations in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.  More than 80% of the attendees are involved in the acquisition cycle as buyers, recommenders and influencers.  Within 10 years, Latin America will comprise more than six percent of the world MRO demand for commercial aircraft.

The MRO Latin America Showcase, which is sold out of exhibition space, will enable attendees to shop 40 solution providers showcasing tools, technology and service.  More than 450 attendees, representing companies from 25 countries in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Asia, will foster new relationships, strengthen existing ones, and expand reach across the MRO community.   Anyone interested in attending the Showcase must register. 

Topics discussed during the show include:

  • Cabin IFE Modifications Panel
  • Vendor Management
  • Workforce Programs That Work
  • Mitigating Unscheduled Maintenance
  • Digital MRO
  • Multinational Certifications and Regulatory Compliance
  • Lease Contract Management

Speakers will include:

  • Keynote address by Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines
  • Chairman’s welcome and closing remarks by Ahmad Zamany, VP of Technical Operations for Copa Airlines
  • Asier Elorduy, Vice President of Sales Iberoamerica & Europe, AJW Group
  • Carl Glover, Vice President of Parts Supply, Americas, AAR
  • Pastor Lopez, President, MRO Component Repair Group, GA Telesis
  • Mark Miner, Managing Director - Technical Operations Systems Integration, American Airlines
  • Ancelmo McDonald Posso, Operational Safety Manager, Air Panama
  • Jayesh Shanbhag, Executive Director Digital Strategy, GE Aviation
  • Sonny Stern, VP Sales and Customer Service, Delta Tech Ops

MRO Latin America is produced by Aviation Week Network with Embraer serving as a partner.  The official airline sponsor is Copa Airlines.  Sapphire sponsors are APS, DASI, MexicanaMRO, NAS, and StandardAero with AJW serving as a sponsor.  For the full itinerary click here.

“Latin America is a rapidly-growing MRO hub and this show gives attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to make contacts and meet decision makers in an intimate setting,” said Lydia Janow, Managing Director/Events & Tradeshows, Aviation Week Network.  “The exhibitor space sold out quickly due to demand for the show.”

MRO Latin America kicks off on Tuesday, February 13 with a welcome cocktail reception sponsored by AJW.  Wednesday evening features a cocktail reception sponsored by Satair Group followed by a networking dinner.  Registration hours are Wednesday, February 14 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday, February 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with networking breakfasts and luncheons.

Additional 2018 MRO events include MRO Middle East (Dubai, January 22-24), Aero-Engines Americas (Fort Lauderdale, January 31-February 1), MRO East Asia (Hanoi, Vietnam, March 7-8), MRO Americas (Orlando, April 10-12), Engine Leasing, Trading and Finance (London, May2-3),  ap&m Europe (Olympia London, May 30-31), MRO BEER (Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 6-7), Aero-Engines Europe (Hamburg, Germany, September 12-13), MRO Europe (Amsterdam, October 16-18), and MRO Asia-Pacific (Singapore, November 13-15).

Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries that has a database of 1.2 million professionals around the world.  Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week Network for analysis, marketing and intelligence.  Customers include the world's leading manufacturers, suppliers, airlines, business aviation operators, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this global market.  The product portfolio includes Air Transport World, Aviation Week & Space Technology, AC-U-KWIK, Aircraft Blue Book,, Air Charter Guide,, Aviation Week Intelligence Network, Business & Commercial Aviation, ShowNews, SpeedNews, Fleet and MRO forecasts, global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) tradeshows and aerospace & defense conferences.

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Elizabeth Kelley Grace