Aviation XR Weekend

Crans-Montana, CH
7 - 9 September 2019
​Le Regent Congress Center

Extended Reality or XR is the umbrella term given to virtual, augmented and mixed reality. These are no longer just buzz words, they have become reality. Our event aims to explore XR (VR, AR, MR) applications that enable airlines and aviation partners to improve operational efficiency, enhance customer experience and generate new revenue opportunities for the industry.

Last year's Aviation Virtual and Augmented Reality Summit (AVARS) brought together 140 delegates from airlines, aviation partners, academia, technology providers and hardware manufacturers to discuss the latest trends, debate use cases and address the challenges to adoption of this technology in aviation.

Our aim for 2019 is to bring together like-minded individuals who are changing the way air transport operates and scale up Proofs-of-Concept (PoC) to implementation.

Learn from XR experts and fellow aviation geeks to develop a robust XR strategy for your organization!

New this year, Aviation XR will be co-located with the World XR this 7-9 September, 2019 in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

The Aviation XR Hackathon and workshops will take place from 7-8 September and AVARS on 9 September.

5-8 September will be the World XR Conference, Festival & Market.



28 hours of hacking. Unlimited ideas. Absolute fun.

  • Are you an XR developer, designer or enthusiast?
  • Or simply an aviation geek?
  • Interested in solving avaition challenges through XR?

Register now.

Why you should attend

Aviation XR Weekend is the only XR event for aviation. This one of a kind event tackles various use cases of XR in aviation. Network with more than 100 organizations, including airlines, aviation partners, technology partners and hardware manufacturers, academia and research.

Keep abreast on new developments. Find out from XR experts the latest trends and solutions for the aviation industry.

Be immersed in XR experiences. Experience for yourself the latest hardware and solutions in the market.

Participate in interactive workshops / XR hackathon. Engage in interactive workshops and master classes led by XR experts. In combination with the summit, we are planning a XR hackathon in collaboration with the members of the air transport industry.

Who you will meet

  • Airline technical operations, sales and marketing, training, logistics and supply chain
  • Air transport industry service providers
  • XR technology providers and hardware manufacturers
  • Training organizations
  • Academia and research institutes
  • Media


"Overall, an excellent as well as thought provoking event by IATA."
- Airline

"Event was thoughtful and timely. Tech is just gearing up."
- IT Provider

"It was a great first conference! I would suggest to showcase more AR/VR/MR during the conference as well as keeping the VR/AR community active in between events."
- IT Provider


Registration is now open!

Various packages and options are available to suit your preference. Please visit the World XR website for more details.

For IATA member airlines, please contact avars@iata.org to get your discount code.

Sample packages PRICE

Aviation XR Weekend (all inclusive)

  • 1 Oculus Quest (until 1st August)
  • 2 nights hotel accomodation
  • Round trip train ticket to GVA / ZRH airport
  • Aviation XR Weekend
  • Surprise du Cerveau
  • Exhibition
  • Masterclasses / Workshops
  • Hackathon
  • Cocktails and parties
  • Ceremony
  • VR stations

1550 USD


Enter promo code: IATA25P@WXRF19

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Aviation XR Weekend

  • Aviation XR Weekend
  • Surprise du Cerveau
  • Exhibition
  • Masterclasses / Workshops
  • Hackathon
  • Cocktails and parties
  • Ceremony
  • VR stations


250 USD

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For IATA Member Airlines:

contact avars@iata.org for your discounted rate

Full Pass World XR

  • Aviation XR Weekend
  • Surprise du Cerveau
  • Exhibition
  • Masterclasses / Workshops
  • Hackathon
  • Cocktails and parties
  • Ceremony
  • VR stations


350 USD

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​Building on the success of AVARS 2018, we have listened to our attendees and are committed to provide exciting and thought-provoking content in this next edition. We are currently looking for prospective speakers who are able to impart their experiences and share valuable lessons on developing, utilizing and implementing digital realities. Any topic related to digital realities which will appeal or benefit the audience which comprises airline innovation managers, technical operations, training managers, regulators, airport managers and air navigation service providers, would also be considered.

2019 Program is unveiled!

Find out what's in store in the 2019 edition and our line-up of speakers.


Interested in sponsorship and exhibiting?

Outstanding opportunities are available, catering to all budgets. For more information, contact avars@iata.org

Potential sponsors and exhibitors may include

  • Software developers
  • Hardware manufacturers
  • Technology companies
  • Airlines, airports

Crans Montana

​Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Crans-Montana - situated at 1500m on a sun-drenched plateau sitting on the Rhone Valley. Crans-Montana offers the comforts of a modern holiday resort and a vast landscape and panoramic view of the Valais Alps.


Le Regent

​Le Regent Congress Centre

Situated in the heart of the idyllic Swiss Alps, Le Regent is the only mountain congress center in French speaking Switzerland. It can host up to 2000 people in its largest conference room.



Getting there

Accessible from Geneva or Zurich airports. Crans Montana tourism office provides a detailed description of various travel options to and from Crans Montana.

By train

From Geneva Airport: please visit the SBB train website for accurate train schedules. From Zurich Airport: please visit the SBB train website for accurate train schedules.

By car

Car rentals are also available in both Geneva and Zurich Airport.


Crans Montana offers a number of hotels with stunning views of the alps. Please view the hotel accommodation options from the Crans Montana tourism office.

If you would like to avoid the hassle of travel planning, we offer all inclusive packages:



​AVARS 2018 covered topics use cases of VR in training, AR in real-time operations and best practices on scaling XR in your organization.

View some pictures from 2018 AVARS.

Please fill out the form below to access past AVARS Materials.

IATA will be organizing its first Aviation Extended Reality (XR) Hackathon in the mountains of Crans Montana in collaboration with the Association des Communes Crans Montana from the 7-8 September, 2019.

Open to students, startups and companies. There are limited seats so please register as early as possible.

During the XR hackathon you will be asked to build XR solutions disrupting how the air transport industry operations ultimately improving the traveler experience.

Challenges included:

  • improving airline baggage operations
  • airport emergency response training
  • making travel and tourism accessible and inclusive

Learn more about the XR hackathon sub-challenges.

You will be able to gain access to mentors/SMEs on-site.


Associations des Communes de Crans Montana

Route de la Moubra 66

3963 Switzerland

Interested in sponsoring the first Aviation XR Hackathon? Contact us at avars@iata.org

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