6 September 2017 – IULI held its general lecture with the theme “Chances and Challenges in a Growing and Developing Indonesia”. The general lecture was delivered by the founder of IULI and chairman of the IULI foundation, Dr.-Ing. Ilham A. Habibie.
Dr. Habibie talked about economic drivers, potential markets due to economic development, political stability, the predictability of national status, the rise of middle-class society, and affordable tickets amongst others, as the platform for a growing market for the aviation industry.
“The domestic passenger growth will reach around 300 million passengers in 2021, while the population will be around 250 million. For air cargo, the air freight volume will rise 3.5 percent to reach 1.5 million tons in 2017. The Soekarno-Hatta airport contributes approximately 36.7 percent of the total air cargo volume of this nation,” said Dr. Habibie.
Dr.Habibie’s speech created awareness amongst the students about what can be achieved in the aviation industry while considering the constraints Indonesia has. A lot of possibilities can be added to strategic values, such as MRO (Maintenance Repair Overhaul) of components (engine shop, brakes, landing gears, etc.), derivatives of gas turbine business, localized parts, components with design improvement, and many more. A lot of technology is involved in developing the aviation industry, while Information Technology (IT) plays a part as an enabler.