04 - 05 March, 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day One: Monday, 4 March 2019

8:50 am - 9:15 am Welcome Speech by Conference Chair


9:15 am - 9:45 am OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL: Navigating the digital transformation journey-moving beyond connectivity

Mohd Ahteshamuddin - VP IT and PSS, FlyDubai
Erkan Gulec - Director of Technology and Innovation, Etihad Airways
The ubiquity of connectivity across the aviation ecosystem is enabling explosion of disruptive tech such as AI, big data, cloud, sensors and more. While most airlines are already recognising the opportunities arising from connectivity, they are yet to understand how other technology will transform both, the front and back of the airline. This session discusses what is next for the digital aircraft transformation and how has industry changed over the course of past 12 month?

  • Creating more efficient sharing of data by connecting aircraft fleets
  • Optimising enterprise value through connectivity for flight and MRO efficiencies
  • Crowdsourcing weather and flight data for safer and more efficient flight paths
  • Improving safety and reducing operational costs through continuous access and collection of fleet information

Mohd Ahteshamuddin



Erkan Gulec

Director of Technology and Innovation
Etihad Airways

The benefits are already tangible, as major airlines across the world have experienced them. The total number of aircraft to be connected to Sky-wide has now surpassed 2,000, and it keeps growing as more airlines come onboard. This session discusses use cases experiences, potential and challenges of open data platforms.
Insights with real cases in:

  • Achieving zero tech delays
  • Fuel savings and reducing environmental impact
  • Cutting flight delays
  • Managing mixed fleets
  • Optimum utilisation of Airspace Capacity via Satellite Communication

Virendar Pal

Chief Digital & Innovation Officer


Dr. Ehab Ghazy

Vice Chairman

Karim Baky

Chief Commercial Officer

10:40 am - 11:10 am Exhibition tour: Coffee and Networking break


11:10 am - 11:30 am SPONSOR SESSION: Cruising the digital skies- how will next gen intelligent aircrafts align smart technology to provide seamless travel experience

  • Unifying the cabin operations: Improved cabin controls and enhancing services
  • Improving passenger experience to enable smooth and personalised travel experience both, in and out of flight

11:30 am - 12:00 pm ENTERTAINMENT AND GAMIFICATION: Passenger engagement - IFE and Wireless connectivity

Alia Al Qalam Al Yafei - Manager Development Engineering – Avionics, IFE, Oman Air
  • BYOD- opportunity or a safety threat?
  • Examining growing consumer trends and preferences for airlines
  • How advanced avionics-generating consumer insights to provide enhanced services and personalised digital experiences onboard

Alia Al Qalam Al Yafei

Manager Development Engineering – Avionics
IFE, Oman Air

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm CONNECTED EXPERIENCE: Integrating end to end functions for better reporting and efficiency

Ghaith Al Darmaki - Senior Vice President IT, Oman Air
Erkan Gulec - Director of Technology and Innovation, Etihad Airways
  • Improving connectivity of airline functions
  • Improving IT Infrastructure to support different Air to Ground, Air to Air connectivity
  • Aviation Transformation with MRO and Engineering integration to other functions

Ghaith Al Darmaki

Senior Vice President IT
Oman Air


Erkan Gulec

Director of Technology and Innovation
Etihad Airways


12:30 pm - 12:40 pm Navigating the Regulatory framework in the Connected aircraft domain

Kashif Khalid - Regional Director, IATA
  • Addressing the need for compliance and regulatory adherence to international safety standards
  • Leveraging industry expertise in Special Committees to develop comprehensive, industry-vetted and endorsed standards
  • Bringing out best in industry practices

Kashif Khalid

Regional Director

12:40 pm - 2:00 pm Luncheon and networking



2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Using AI beyond chatbots to improve passenger experience and engagement
2017, the air transport industry experienced the revolutionary force of artificial intelligence (AI) as a means to drive the passenger experience forward. However, as the technology constantly evolves, most companies are only scratching the surface of what AI can help them accomplish.


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm How to avoid data breaches and cyber attacks and put passenger data protection at the forefront of your airline strategy
The personal data of 9.4 million passengers was leaked earlier this year from Cathay Pacific Airways and its subsidiary Hong Kong Dragon Airlines. About 860,000 passport numbers and 245,000 identity card numbers were accessed without authorisation. What can airline industry do in future to reassure the travelling public that flights are properly protected?


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Leveraging in –flight audiences with big data and BYOD
In-flight entertainment and connectivity market is anticipated to reach USD 9.09 billion by 2026.

The development of innovative wireless solution and rising BYOD trend is anticipated to propel the market growth. But before the inflight entertainment and BYOD maximises its potential a lots have to be done in domain of regulations to ensure that integration of in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems allows safe travel and reduced possibility of accidents


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Advancing the use of EFB and flight management systems
Electronic flight bag (EFB) systems market is set to grow at a CAGR of 7.92% during 2017-2021. This growth is driven by the increasing demand for safety, fuel efficiency, airworthiness, and operational efficiency. While some of large airlines are already advanced users of EFBs many others are still learning the ropes with EFBs.


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Innovations enabling seamless ground support
With developments in the in-flight connectivity space continuing at speed, airlines have their work cut out to establish which solution best suits their needs.


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Which technology innovations can resolve challenges faced by pilots?


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Benefits of MRO applications
The evolution to mobile applications enables improvement in service delivery, asset management, and most importantly, worker safety. How can airlines benefits from MRO applications?


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Innovations enabling seamless ground support

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm CLOSING PANEL: Outlook of Connected Aircrafts Capabilities 2020

  • Transformation in Passenger Experience
  • Realities to establish full satellite connectivity by 2020
  • Maximising the connected potential of automated aircraft data systems

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Remarks and Close of the Conference

4:30 pm - 4:30 pm End of the Day Sip and Chat