Cargo Facts Symposium, the essential event for stakeholders in the air cargo industry, returns October 27-28, 2020, as a virtual experience.

For the past 26 years, the Cargo Facts Symposium has been the leading air freight conference, and it remains vitally crucial to the industry. While the global air cargo industry is well-positioned for growth, the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty around prospects for global trade, economic revitalization and investment. Although offset by rapid declines in capacity, underlying demand has recorded its sharpest drops on record in recent months. This fluidity urges us to come together as a community to navigate our way through these challenging circumstances. Read the full statement from our chairman here.

The 26th annual event will be held virtually, powered by a leading provider of event technology that provides exceptional online event networking and AI-based matchmaking, which is crucial since we know that networking is a vital aspect of any event you attend. The AI-driven matchmaking will let you schedule one-on-one meetings with other industry leaders, and find and demo Exhibitor and Sponsor technologies. Additionally, our technology will provide live streams of all our content, including Q&As with speakers and interactive roundtable sessions. All sessions will be recorded, and attendees will maintain access to conference content for reference throughout the year. The virtual Cargo Facts Symposium allows us to expand our audience reach — even beyond those who typically attend our conference.

An exclusive group of aircraft buyers, service providers and operators will come together for the 2020 Virtual Experience. With a speaker faculty made up of the industry’s leading experts, the Cargo Facts Symposium will provide attendees the critical insights and strategies to succeed in the year ahead.

The 2020 agenda is particularly focused on strategies to leverage the boost the industry is experiencing in the wake of the pandemic, as well as give insight on the long-term impacts for freighter aircraft. The COVID-19 crisis has profound ramifications for both capacity and demand as flight restrictions and cancellations curtail passenger flights and disrupt supply chains. The ensuing capacity crunch has pulled most available freighters out of storage and given rise to the passenger freighter — passenger aircraft quickly modified to serve as freighters. When will bellyhold capacity return and how long will the passenger-freighter trend last? Will medical equipment continue to sustain air cargo volume, or will the browbeaten global economy start cutting into air cargo financial performance? What are the long-term implications for freighter fleets, especially taking into account the many new freighter types coming to market over the next few years?

These are among the crucial issues of the day that we will take on at the Cargo Facts Symposium Virtual Experience. As a virtual event we are afforded unique content opportunities beyond what is seen at a live event. The technology allows for an engaging, real-time “focus group” on industry dynamics that will deliver crucial data on current market trends. We will also host intimate online breakout sessions so you may chat directly with our exceptional speakers. And we will include the types of sessions that have been present at previous Cargo Facts events, such as presentations, a fireside chat and executive panels, where leading executives discuss key industry trends.

The air cargo industry faces great uncertainty in 2020 and beyond. Join us October 27-28 for the Cargo Facts Symposium Virtual Experience to determine the way forward.