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AIR Competition 2018

The Airline Industry Retailing (AIR) Competition aims to ignite new ideas across the travel industry. Finalists will win a range of prizes such as cash, sponsored entry to IATA incubation program, a unique opportunity to attend the IATA AIR Symposium, network & present their ideas on stage to all the delegates.

Submission period is now open!

Competition Topics

The ideas submitted should be about one of the below topics:

  • Personalized Offers & experiences
  • Omnichannel Payment Transparency
  • Data & Analytics in Retailing
  • Other Aviation Retailing related ideas

It would be a plus if the idea is leveraging emerging technologies such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain technology
  • Advanced Analytics
​​The judging criteria (pdf) provide more details on how the ideas are assessed by the Jury Board. ​​​​

How to Submit your Ideas

To participate in the competition, complete the AIR Competition Registration form by clicking on the Register button below and include a home-made short video (2 minutes) pitching your idea!

 

Jury Board

Alexandre-de-Juniac-shot-SMALL.jpg Alexandre de Juniac
Director General and CEO
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Detailed bio (pdf)



Bernard-Gustin-shot-SMALL.jpg Bernard Gustin
Former CEO Brussels Airlines
Detailed bio (pdf)




Eash Sundaram Eash Sundaram
Executive Vice President
Chief Digital & Technology Officer
JetBlue
Detailed bio (pdf)




More Jury members to be announced soon.

Contest Prizes 

1st Place

$10,000 cash
Sponsored entry to the IATA Incubation Program
Sponsored entry and speaking slot at the IATA AIR Symposium
Sponsored exhibition booth at the IATA AIR Symposium
Sponsored flight and hotel to the IATA AIR Symposium

2nd Place

$5,000 cash
Sponsored entry to the IATA Incubation Program
Sponsored entry and speaking slot at the IATA AIR Symposium
Sponsored exhibition booth at the IATA AIR Symposium
Sponsored flight and hotel to the IATA AIR Symposium

3rd Place

$2,000 cash
Sponsored entry to the IATA Incubation Program
Sponsored entry and speaking slot at the IATA AIR Symposium
Sponsored exhibition booth at the IATA AIR Symposium
Sponsored flight and hotel to the IATA AIR Symposium

Key Dates

  • 30 April 2018 - Competition launch
  • 27 July 2018 - Submission period closure
  • 14 September 2018 - Announcement of the finalists
  • 23 - 25 October 2018 - Final round at the IATA AIR Symposium

Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below, and if you have other questions contact us at innovationcompetition@iata.org.

Do I need to have a company to submit an idea?

No, any business idea will be considered.

Is there a cost associated with participation to this contest?

No, participation is free of charge.

Can I submit more than one business idea?

Yes, you can submit as many business ideas as you want.

What should the ideas be about?

The ideas should be about one or more of the competition topics; and ideally disrupt the travel value chain for the better leveraging new technologies. The goal should be to:

  • Decrease costs incurred by airlines and others across the travel value chain
  • Enhance the end-to-end travel experience
  • Simplify the processes for airlines and others across the travel value chain with focus on speed, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Enable ancillary revenues

In case of a team, do we need to submit individually?

No, you do not need to submit individually- you can submit your idea once as a team.

If my idea is a product already on the market, can I still submit it?

The contest is about new ideas, so ideally, the idea should not be a product that is already in the market. If it is in market, it would have to be at the very early stages. Mature products that have already been implemented are out of scope.

Will there be AIR Competition in 2019?

Yes, please visit our website regularly to stay updated on the 2019 edition of the competition

How can I increase my chances of getting to the final?

Ideas that are aligned with one of the 3 competition topics, leveraging emerging technologies, have the highest chance of getting through to the final round of this competition. Refer to the judging criteria document for more detail. In addition including a short video (max. 2 min) where you are pitching the idea is a great way of complementing your submission.

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