Innovation Matchmaking is a new IATA innovation platform where airlines and value chain partners get the opportunity to learn about the latest innovative solutions focusing on burning industry issues.

IATA leverages its broad network of innovation players to provide targeted matchmaking webinars between technology providers (strategic partners and relevant startups) and airlines. 

What is Innovation Matchmaking at IATA?

Over the years, through numerous initiatives led by subject matter experts, IATA has built a strong network of technology partners in the industry covering a broad spectrum of air transport key business areas. With the aim to further enable connections and collaboration between technology partners and airlines, Innovation Matchmaking is a platform where partners have the opportunity to present their latest solutions to members airlines.

Through a series of targeted webinars on specific business problems identified by IATA subject matter experts and our relevant industry groups, IATA Innovation Matchmaking introduces airlines to IATA-vetted technology partners who can offer solutions to reduce their costs, improve efficiency or generate more revenue for the airline industry.

So far, over 1,000 ( 4,000 including replays) individual airline representatives have attended at least one webinar, representing 80+ individual airlines!

Focus on innovation matchmaking

The format is a series of webinars organized around a theme with a minimum of three technology companies presenting to at least 25 airlines per webinar. Each technology provider presents their solution(s) during a 10-minute pitch followed by a 5-minute question and answer session.

All presentations and contacts are shared between presenters and audience afterwards.

These webinars have generated over 80 leads and on average, a technology provider pitch generated between two and five leads demonstrating the value of the program.

Member airlines, IATA strategic partners and startups can participate in these sessions.

If you are interested in joining these webinars, please email us at innovation@iata.org

 

A new season for the AIR Tech Player responses to COVID-19 webinar series!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the industry, IATA scouted its innovation network and sourced startups with strong potential to support airlines during the crisis. The first innovation matchmaking was initiated through a webinar series called "AIR Tech Player responses to COVID-19 webinar series" in April 2020. Building on its success, a new season of the AIR Tech Players webinars has started.

See the program below and register here.

EPISODE 22 : Protecting revenue and reducing costs

18 November 2020 - 14:00 CEST

  • OpenJaw
  • Accomodation plus International (API)
  • Rebound

EPISODE 21 : Passenger loyalty and experience innovations

4 November 2020 - 14:00 CEST

  • Qibee
  • AviLabs
  • Merit Incentives

EPISODE 20 : Innovation in travel management, digital transformation and travel retailing

28 October 2020 - 14:00 CEST

  • Wondermiles
  • Quad Optima Analytics,Inc
  • SAP 

EPISODE 19 : Improving travelers’ experience in a post- COVID world

14 October 2020 - 14:00 CEST

  • JR Technologies
  • Ulysse. travel
  • Bridgify

EPISODE 18

30 Sept 2020

 

 

April to July: 17 webinars, 35+ solutions presented.

Since its inception, the AIR Tech Player Responses to COVID-19 series engaged with over 150 technology providers and showcased 35+ of those providers (through 17 free webinars), touching on many topics, including: distribution, travel retailing and marketplaces, in-flight retailing, revenue management, look-to-book, API management, subscription model, e-visas, covid/health APIs, group booking, insurance products, disruption, AI/NLP, etc. 

See below recording and presentations of past webinars.

AIR TECH PLAYERS RESPONSE

EPISODE 17

 

 

  • Biztribution — Biztribution reinvents distribution by reducing costs drastically and enabling stakeholders to recover governance over their content and their customers. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • AccesRail — The AccesRail 9B presentation will remind you of the inter-modal opportunity available to airlines through standard interline or code share cooperation with AccesRail (IATA Code 9B) and the many railway operators and extensive route networks available. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Datalex — The fast path to Dynamic Offer – unlocking and accelerating the benefits of the next BIG airline retail transformation. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
EPISODE 16
  • Plusgrade — Plusgrade, the leading provider of ancillary and merchandising solutions, provides smart upgrade and seat-blocking solutions designed to help the travel industry meet the evolving needs of today’s passengers and accelerate revenue recovery. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Zenner — Zenner develops solutions for business travel, offering 24/7 personalized travel intelligence and assistance. The company's mission is to create stress-free journeys by predicting and solving common travel pains such as flight cancellations or delays, lost luggage, long queues, and tight connections. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • GoQuo — Disrupting the airline's online booking platforms, Transaction fee model, no more surprises! Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.

EPISODE 15

SPECIAL EDITION

IATA Products

EPISODE 14
  • Kyte — Kyte is a tech platform focused on enhancing airline NDC capabilities. We provide easy access to content via REST API, both for full service and low cost airlines. Our rich inventory allows travel companies to replicate flights and ancillaries on their own channels. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Winwinly — Thanks to Winwinly, leisure passengers obtain significant discounts on flights by sharing their intention to travel in advance. We then furnish this data to airlines, to allow them to monitor passengers’ demand so they can better optimize the scheduled flight volumes and the associated load factor. Our mission is to match these two worlds! Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Discover — Diners Club International has a long heritage of partnerships and innovation in the travel space. The most recent addition is the new Diners Club International travel agency and airline remittance solution. The solution has been designed based on airline and industry needs, and it is aligned with IATA Transparency In Payments standards. The solution offers a transparent and cost-efficient method for remitting funds between travel agencies and airlines. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
EPISODE 13
  • LivePerson — Helping airlines through by 1/ transitioning to an at-home workforce  2/ shifting call volume to messaging, 3/ automating interactions to extend contact center capacity and 4/ keeping customers informed to prevent churn and reduce inbound interaction volume. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Milla Travel — Next-generation TMC for SMEs; leveraging NDC to provide SMEs with a way to book quickly while easily controlling their budget. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Amadeus — Revenue management and network planning will play a major role to rebuild a profitable network. How can airlines manage the recovery and emerge stronger, while facing the added challenges of insufficient reliable data and an uncertain future? Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
EPISODE 12
  • Smartvel — Stimulate travel in the COVID-19 era and allow your passengers to travel with CONFIDENCE, both domestically and internationally. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Everis — Everis' EVA, a transformational AI Conversational Platform supporting voice and text assistants that enhances passenger experience while reducing costs. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Accelya — RM during and after the pandemic:  Innovation in inventory optimization will be required for all airlines recovering from the biggest industry-wide downturn in history.  Accelya provides proven, effective, and non-traditional tools that do not rely on history-based forecasts, empowering RM teams to profitably action minute by minute changes in demand across all markets. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.

EPISODE 11

SPECIAL EDITION

IATA Products

EPISODE 10
  • Koala offers tailor-made insurance solutions, cutting down existing costs while offering a 21st-century travel experience to passengers. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Sherpa's API and widget integrations enables airlines to help their customers navigate the increasingly complex world of travel restrictions, entry requirements  (including visas, health declarations and quarantine length), and airport/airline procedures. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Flown: Flexible “any reason” customer compensation for flight disruptions. Travelers confidently manage delays and cancellations, while airlines realize new revenue and savings opportunities. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
EPISODE 9
EPISODE 8
  • Pruvo: an AI-Driven solution that helps Airlines increase hotel ancillary revenue by converting their "flight only" customers into customers who book their flight and hotel via the airline. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Avian: an online platform allowing any OTA,TMC, or consolidator to optimize revenue from back-end incentives by automatically scanning agreements and connecting to BSP/ARC. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • FarePlace allows airlines to leverage dynamic inventory to automatically maximize the highest profit per product in real time, and boost customer value. Download the slide deck (pdf).
EPISODE 7
  • Flyiin is building a new, airline-powered distribution platform for all airlines to market their entire product offering to any sale channels (travel and non-travel). OTA, metasearches, lodging groups, destinations, banks etc. will use flyiin's Air Travel API to build Flights products that deliver the level of product transparency and choice long expected by air travelers. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Bakuun: intelligent booking automation for hotels and transfers in the event of flight disruption. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Holibob is a B2B marketplace for tours, experiences and attractions. We help airlines to drive incremental revenue by engaging customers through a curated content offering. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
EPISODE 6
  • 30k will introduce the option to use mileage to partly pay for air fares which will help airlines generate demand and revenue through a miles+cash booking that otherwise would remain unsold due to traveller price sensitivity. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Quicket.io will show a visualization of cabins for better pre-/post-booking conversion to display cabin amenities & hygiene procedures. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • FlyNava: Jupiter, our pricing solution, can help in renegotiation of corporate contracts, and focuses on cost management and better seat management. Post COVID-19, we envisage that airlines will need enhanced focus on automation of laborious tasks and are working on specific key areas. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
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EPISODE 2
EPISODE 1
  • DeepAir's TravelGrid is a Credit Management Solution that helps airlines manage customer credit, improve their cash-flow and reduce costs / dependency on middle-men. The solution enables airlines to collect their cash directly, instantly and cheaply through direct bank transfers and Inspires customers to leave their cash with airlines, through improved trust, incentives and liquidity. TravelGrid can easily connect to any PSS and is also NDC and ONE Order compliant. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Caravelo offers a subscription product incorporating all required financial and airline components and it allows airlines to define the subscription offer of their choice based on the setup they select. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.
  • Smooss assists with the flight cancellation process by automizing communication and reimbursement process for customers, automatically communicating via email/text regarding cancellation and reimbursement possibilities. Smooss also automatically handles the reimbursement process, saving customer support time and fees. Download the slide deck (pdf) and watch the video.