Miami event will help industry prioritize and align efforts in data intelligence

The inaugural Aviation Data Symposium will provide a unique platform for experts to discuss data intelligence solutions in aviation.

The symposium will be held from November 15-16 in Miami, USA.

Some of the world's leading airlines, as well as air travel and trade experts, will debate how the power of data can help shape the future of aviation.

We feel we can get more ideas for new product development

“The use of data in aviation is a hot topic, and IATA is already very active in this area,” says Charles de Gheldere, IATA Director, Financial and Distribution Services, Travel Intelligence.

“But we didn’t have a platform for a community to meet once a year to discuss various industry data topics.

“We feel we can get more ideas for new product development, and this platform can also help us prioritize and align our efforts in data intelligence.”

Data already plays a huge role across aviation sectors, including distribution, safety, operations and maintenance.

We want to elevate things one step higher and link different data viewpoints across the industry

Andrei Grintchenko, IATA Head, Financial and Distribution Services Business Intelligence Projects, believes IATA must lead from the front in developing new data intelligence solutions.

“At the moment, it doesn’t seem that there is an over-arching industry-wide agenda on how to deal with data and different data-sharing models,” says Grintchenko.

“I think it’s important to be at the front of the industry and put all of our efforts together. We want to elevate things one step higher and link different data viewpoints across the industry.”

Plenary sessions will feature discussions on general aspects of data management for airlines.

It’s a unique opportunity to gain visibility on various data intelligence tools

Sessions will also focus on specific areas where data plays a key role.

“You can also expect to gain more insight on the various data intelligence solutions out there for airlines, airports and suppliers,” says de Gheldere.

“Programs will be showcased, discussed and many of them will also be demonstrated. It’s a unique opportunity to gain visibility on all the various data intelligence tools available for people in the industry.”

IATA’s data initiatives—including Direct Data Solutions (DDS) and Passenger Intelligence Services (PaxIS)—will be among those demonstrated.

“But we don’t want to limit it to the IATA solutions,” says de Gheldere.

“There will definitely be some discussions and presentation around our products. But there will also be other third-party data solutions presented. There will be technology providers there too, making sense of whatever data—and data intelligence solutions—we will be discussing.

“It’s going to be a nicely rounded event, capturing not just the airlines sector, but expanding the discussion into wider travel and tourism.”

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