2021 RAA
Leaders Conference

After careful consideration of the needs and circumstances of our attendees, airlines, exhibitors, and potential sponsors, as well as in light of continued international travel constraints, we are transforming RAA’s Annual Convention and Trade Show into a more intimate, in-person and virtual “hybrid” event on September 27-28, in Washington DC with a new design that takes into account the needs of both participants who wish to attend in person as well as those who wish to participate remotely.

As always, our first priority is the well-being of every member of our community – from our airline members to each industry partner who participates in our events. Although we will not proceed with our original, full-scale convention, planned for September 25-28, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ, RAA is pleased to announce the 2021 RAA Leadership Conference, to be held on September 27-28, 2021 in Washington, DC. This exclusive event will only be open to a limited number of in-person attendees, reflecting capacity restrictions and best practices; however, the virtual platform opens the convention doors to attendees across the globe.

Confirmed speakers for the 2021 RAA Leadership Conference already include numerous regional airline CEOs and additional planned speakers include government stakeholders and colleagues from the OEM and major airline communities. Confirmed speakers as of today include:

  • Faye Malarkey Black, RAA President & CEO
  • Dion Flannery, CEO PSA Airlines and RAA Chair
  • Chip Childs, CEO SkyWest Airlines and RAA Vice Chair
  • Rick Leach, CEO GoJet Airlines
  • Bryan Bedford, CEO Republic Airways
  • Joe Sprague, CEO Horizon Air
  • Tim Komberec, CEO Empire Airlines
  • Subodh Karnic, CEO ExpressJet Airlines
  • Linda Markham, President, Cape Air
  • Nick Calio, President & CEO, Airlines for America
  • George Novak, President & CEO, National Air Carriers Association
  • Kevin Burke, President & CEO, Airports Council International- North America
  • Steve Alterman, President & CEO, Cargo Airline Association

We cannot do any of this without you, and we invite our current and former exhibitors, attendees and sponsors to continue providing input as we refine our new event. For those exhibitors with confirmed booth spaces for our now transitioned Phoenix event, our conference team is reaching out and will connect with you over the following days to determine how we can best meet your needs as we transition our event. We are committed to working with you for a positive experience.

If you have questions and feedback in the meantime, you may also reach out to our conference team to schedule time to talk or to raise questions by email. Diana Lundie, diana@thelundiegroup.com, (704) 620-8700 and Michelle Cravez, exhibits@raa.org, (202) 367-2323.

More than a year since our schedules, capacity and world was upended by a global pandemic, the bonds that hold our industry together have become more important than ever. RAA is determined to hold an event that reflects strong culture of community and allows us to gather as an industry of friends and colleagues, to hear from industry leaders, learn and share information, and develop and strengthen our business relationships. As we continue to develop and design the event, please keep checking this website and your inboxes for updates.

Whatever the format, you may count on our team’s commitment to producing a high-quality event that showcases the industry’s resilience and determination to rebuild, together, while protecting the important networking opportunities our airlines and their suppliers enjoy at RAA events.

Our team has created a list of FAQs that may answer attendee, exhibitor and sponsor questions as they come up.

Thank you for being an important part of the RAA family!

Want to Exhibit or Sponsor? Please contact Diana Lundie at 704-620-8700 or Diana@thelundiegroup.com


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