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World Aviation Festival 2019 Start-up Village Submission

We are calling out to the world’s most exciting start-ups to present their businesses at World Aviation Festival 2019. Aviation Festival will provide a unique environment to meet VCs looking for early stage opportunities as well as companies across the industry.

If you’d like to participate, complete this application form.









Start-up Summit, Friday 6 September 2019


Conference doors open


Panel discussion

How can airlines, airports and mobility partners collaborate to build a seamless travel experience for global passengers?

  • Are we overcoming the traditional challenges of collaboration in aviation between airlines, airports and mobility partners?
  • Exploring the increasing importance of a digital offering in all areas of the passenger journey for seamless capacity optimisation.
  • How can car rental companies evolve to compete more effectively with ride-sharing services?
  • What impact will a driverless future and autonomous vehicles have on the ground experience?
  • How should we adapt our current business models to create ancillary revenue sources?
Stuart Donnelly, Senior Director - Group International Sales - Europe/USA, Sixt


Anne Rigail

Keynote Interview: Anne Rigail, CEO, Air France

New Air France CEO Anne Rigail sits down with Bloomberg’s Anna Edwards to discuss how she is taking a new approach to rebuilding the Air France brand and making the business highly competitive in a digital age. She will also explore her approach to getting the balance right in the group, utilising both premium and low-cost offerings effectively. Also find out exclusively about the latest Air France passenger experience initiatives in this keynote interview.
Alexandre De Juniac

Keynote Interview: Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, IATA

Alexandre sits down with Anna Edwards to discuss how IATA are approaching new technologies and the digitalisation of processes in the aviation industry. Find out exclusively in this keynote interview how he sees the future development of NDC as it comes of age. Understand more about OneID and how it will enable passengers to move more seamlessly through the airport without having to repeatably identify themselves. See how One Order could help enable network and legacy carriers do more business with ticketless travel airlines such as LCCs. Gain Alexandre's unique perspective on how the global industry can use data sharing tools to improve operations and how he thinks the industry can become more aware and prepared of the dangers of cyber threats.
Panel discussion

Keynote Panel: How is digital, shifting passenger behaviours and transformative technologies disrupting the existing airline ecosystem?

  • Is the “Amazon of Travel” an unachievable myth and can airlines create an intelligent digital mesh of products and services that meet modern passengers needs?
  • Will the airlines dream of transforming themselves into digital mobility brands become a reality?
  • Is the industry lagging behind consumer adoption of technology and what is the future of conversational interfaces when it comes to sales and service?
  • What types of product differentiation should we expect to see through future airline retailing channels?
  • When will the big tech giants disrupt the distribution landscape and will they succeed in taking over the entire value chain in the next decade?

Networking and refreshments in the exhibition hall


Raj Singh
Start-up Summit

Disruption – no longer a scary word for aviation

JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV) has been investing in travel and hospitality startups for just over three years; as of March 2019, they’ve reviewed >4,000 startups and invested in >20 companiesIn this session, you’ll hear from JTV Managing Directors Raj Singh and Amy Burr on:
  • Trends of the evolving aviation startup scene
  • JetBlue’s corporate venture capital model and best practices learned
  • How to maximize startup investment through a partner ecosystem
  • The biggest potential for disruption in the aviation industry
Dupsy Abiola
Start-up Summit

IAG - Innovation at scale

  • Ways we partner with the most innovative organisations
  • IAG’s Successes and key learnings
  • Creating the future
Francois Chopard
Start-up Summit

Examining the aviation startup ecosystem, open innovation and investing in companies that are shaping the future of aerospace.

Mia Jafari
Start-up Summit

A deep dive into the ecosystem of the UAE’s aviation, travel and tourism startups

  • Intelak’s vision, mission and purpose
  • Why is cross-sector collaboration at the heart of innovation
  • From strategy to implementation how we aim to create sustainable businesses now and in the future

Networking lunch in the exhibition hall


Petcha Kucha
Start-up Summit

10 pitches in 60 minutes

We give 10 of the industry’s best start-ups 3 minutes each to pitch our judges and win them over. Following the pitches there will be 25 minutes to follow up with our judges and chat about their solution.
Adolfo Klassen, Chief Executive Officer, Paladin Ai
round tables
Start-up Summit

Innovation partner round tables

Each innovation partner will host a 45-minute round table with a group of 10 executives from some of the industry’s most cutting-edge start-ups.
Start-up Summit

Close of the Festival - See you next year!

last published: 05/Sep/19 21:55