“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African proverb.

IATA creates the innovation coalition to facilitate the amplification of the innovation initiatives in the industry. It brings together a diverse group of innovation experts, talents, experiences, and passions to share insights to contribute to the bigger picture.

Broadening the innovation footprint to the travel industry

Today, airlines and startup accelerators are pioneering incredible innovative research and development work in-house. At IATA, we believe in the importance of unifying forces to spread the expertise and broaden the scope and reach of innovation.

Leveraging the tremendous amount of capabilities and experience, IATA created the Innovation Coalition to scale-up innovation initiatives and solutions at industry level. By sharing experiences, successes (and failures), best practices, and industry needs, the coalition members will contribute in designing a sustainable innovation roadmap of the industry.

Composed of airlines, airline innovation and digital departments, air transport accelerator programs (airline owned or independent), academics and universities, the coalition members will benefit from participating, through the following aspects: 

  • Opportunity to share insights, expertise and learn from others
  • Access to best practices in working with new technology and startups
  • Develop innovation challenges to be submitted to the wider innovation community
  • Trends watching and updates from an industry perspective
  • Opportunity to network

Several touchpoints are facilitated by IATA through the year, such as physical and virtual meetings, and a dedicated online forum.

Interested to join?


The coalition is still in its design phase but we are collecting ideas and suggestions to make it as fit for the current industry environment as possible.

If you are interested to hear more about it, please send an email to innovation@iata.org