August 7, 2008

Jeffrey Shane and Enrique Beltranena to Keynote at ALTA’s Aviation Law Americas Conference

MIAMI, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- ALTA's Aviation Law Americas Conference is slated for September 11 - 12, 2008, in Miami. Jeffrey Shane, former Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation and Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris, are confirmed to present keynote addresses during this important industry event.

ALTA's Aviation Law Americas Conference is designed to facilitate discussion of legal, aeropolitical and finance issues of interest to the Latin American and Caribbean air transport industry and those doing business in the region. Last year, this region's premiere legal aviation conference attracted over 200 delegates from 32 countries, including over 50 representatives from 30 airlines.

More than 85 top-level executives representing more than 35 airlines have already registered for ALTA's upcoming Aviation Law Americas Conference and Aviation Crisis Preparedness Conference.

A limited number of spaces are available for registration, and information on sponsorship opportunities is available at

More than 35 airlines have already confirmed their participation, including top-level executives from Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Jamaica, Aires, Aserca, Delta Connection, Avianca, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, Cielos Airlines, Copa Airlines, DHL, Emirates Airlines, Sky Airline, Iberia, Icaro, LAN Airlines, LAN Argentina, LAN Peru, Liat Airlines, Mexicana, Nature Air, Pace Airlines, Pluna, Santa Barbara, TACA, TACA PERU, TAM-LINHAS AEREAS, TAM Mercosur, and Volaris, among others.

An impressive roster of the aviation industry's legal experts has been confirmed as speakers, including:

   Robert McGeorge - IATA, General Counsel   Timothy Ravich - Dade County Bar Association, President   Luiz Claudio Aguiar - TAM Linhas Aereas,  Legal Director   Richard Gimblett - Barlow, Lyde and Gilbert, Partner   Jan VonFlatern - Airbus Americas, Senior Counsel   Eduardo Iglesias - TACA, Legal Vice President  

Greg Phillips - Willis Global Aviation, National Aviation Safety Consultant

George Snyder - Marsh, Senior VP Aviation & Aerospace Practice Safety & Security

   Aileen Camacho - Gates and Partners   Alan May - Aon, Managing Director   Enrique Beltranena, Volaris CEO   Javier Christlieb - Mexicana, Legal Vice President   Ricardo Mezzera Leborgne - Estudio Mezzera, Partner   Joanne Young  - Kirstein & Young, Partner   Emilio Sahurie - Estudio Carvallo, Partner   Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro* - Siqueira Castro Advogados, Partner   Susana Mantilla - Avianca, General Counsel   Juan Carlos Mencio - LAN Airlines,  General Counsel   Michael Holland - Condon & Forsyth, Partner   Roy Goldberg - Sheppard Mullin, Partner   Tomas Nassar* - Nassar Abogados, Partner   Jeffrey Shane, US DOT, former under Secretary   John Balfour  - Clyde & Co. Beaumont & Son,  Partner   Nancy Young  - Air Transport Association, VP Environmental Affairs   Carlos Grau - IATA,  Director Government & Industry Affairs   Brendan McGivern  - White & Case, Partner   Edmundo Olivares  - Aeromexico, Legal VP   Anita Mosner* - Holland & Knight, Partner   Carlos Sierra - Abogados Sierra & Vazquez, Partner   Mathew Wilhoit - Aviation Capital Group, Counsel    *TBC   

Critical and timely topics to be discussed include: legal requirements and implications associated with an accident investigation; managing risk and maintaining operations during a crisis; airline liability and the Montreal 99 Convention; taxes, charges and fees, and governments' creativeness as a huge challenge for the airline business; the environment, green skies and unilateral initiatives; and surviving the turbulence: lessors and lessees and getting through difficult times, among other issues.

For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, contact ALTA's Special Events Manager Sonya Lima at 1-786-522-7824/[email protected], or ALTA's Aviation Law Americas Chair Gonzalo Yelpo at [email protected]

About ALTA:

ALTA,, was founded in 1980 as a non-profit airline association. Its member carriers have total revenue of more than $19 billion, operate more than 800 aircraft and employ more than 70,000 workers in Antigua, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and in other nations the airlines serve.

Member Airlines: Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Aeropostal, AeroRepublica, AeroSur, Aires, Air Jamaica, Aserca Airlines, Avianca, Bahamas Air, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, Cielos Airlines, Click, Copa Airlines, Cubana, GOL, Icaro, LAB, LAN Airlines, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, Liat, Mexicana, Nature Air, Pluna, Santa Barbara Airlines, Sky Airline, TACA, TACA Peru, TAM, TAM Mercosur, Tame, VARIG, VARIG LOG and Volaris. In addition, ALTA includes four Associate Airlines - Air Canada, Continental Airlines, Iberia and UPS.


CONTACT: Misty Pinson, ALTA, +1-786-522-7314, [email protected]

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