We think about partnership not sponsorship. Our aim is to create win - win, long term. We do not believe in logos but in content and stories which add value for everyone, tailor made, before, after and during the conference. And in bringing the right people together to do something great and help tackle their issues.

Our marketing partners include global organisations who embrace the "Think Future" vision and who have created innovative products and services for their customers. Hamburg Airport is the premium partner for the conference. They had founded the event in 1998, bringing industry and science together in order to explore new ways of tackling business issues. IBS Software Services provide end-to-end, new generation IT systems to the global travel industry across all process areas and is a gold level partner for our think tank. 

ICLP are global thought leaders in loyalty marketing and customer relationship management. Made by Many identifies opportunities for innovation, prototypes and evolve new product concepts. Reaktor is a strategy, design, and engineering company making digital business radically better. Airbus is another marketing partner based in Hamburg, globally known for its innovative aircraft developments. Other marketing partners include Gebr. Heinemann, the international lawyers Dabelstein & Passehl, consulting and technology services provider Branchspace to develop state of the art digital retail, FlioApex Airline Passenger Experience Association, TraxasAirline Information, Bold Endeavours,web development and online marketing and ch-aviation airline intelligence provider services.  Robin Kater is the official photographer for the conference. Carl Group is an owner-managed, full-service company in the field of live communication. 

Planitas Airline Systems provide innovative and affordable data solutions. DiscountIF is a start up company offering a gamification tool powered by sport, bringing the passion and thrill of sport to the travel industry. Blacklane is a professional driver service around the world. YieldIn is a young innovative start up providing revenue management and dynamic pricing solutions for tomorrow for the aviation and retail industry.

AirPortr have finally addressed the luggage issue with a virtual bag drop solution. Farelogix is recognized as a disruptor, innovator, and global force in the travel industry. XXL Solutions is a boutique consultancy and innovation factory helping organisations to transform their commercial approach and to embrace the digital agenda fit for the 21st century. They also organise strategy, content and logistics for the Hamburg Aviation Conference. 


Michael Eggenschwiler, Hamburg Airport, CEO:

"The conference 2017 was great, focusing on tackling business issues and innovation in an international context. Content, speakers, participants that make you feel like family.  

Time well spent for decision makers, executive team members and middle management, thought leaders and key influencers in aviation, travel, retail and science. We look forward to "think future 2018!"


IBS Software Services provide comprehensive, end-to-end new-generation IT systems to the global aviation industry across all process areas – airline passenger services, cargo operations, flight and crew operations, airport operations and aircraft maintenance engineering. No other single enterprise in the world offers this range of technology products to the aviation industry.

In the non-aviation sector, the IBS solutions are used to manage certain mission-critical operations of major oil and gas companies, cruise lines, hotels and tour operators.


ICLP is a worldwide leader in loyalty marketing and customer relationship management, working across all industries and with 25 years' experience in the travel sector. ICLP builds loyalty and creates devotion.  They give customers and partners compelling reasons to engage, spend more and become loyal advocates - whilst delivering commercial results for their clients’ business. From acquiring customers and understanding them as individuals, to creating relationships that engage, reward and inspire loyalty, they turn customers into advocates and relationships into profit. ICLP is a Collinson Group company. Collinson Group is a global leader in influencing customer behaviour to drive revenue and add value for their clients.

Made by Many is a new type of consulting company that bridges the gap between strategy and delivery. It has created a world class digital consulting and product design offering capable of solving the most difficult problems faced by top management.

Made by Many identifies opportunities for innovation, prototypes and evolve new product concepts, and designs, builds and launches high performance software solutions ready for scale.


Reaktor is a strategy, design, and engineering company based in New York, Helsinki, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. We make digital business radically better for our clients and create products that stand out functionally, aesthetically, and financially. Our clients include companies such as Finnair, HBO, Michael Kors, Kone and Nasdaq.


Airbus makes the freedom of flight possible by designing, manufacturing and supporting the world's best aircraft. Its people areound the globe are united by a passion for aviation, as well as their desire to create better, more efficient ways for airlines and passengers to fly. 

Airbus' comprehensive product line ranges from 100 to more than 500 seats: the single-aisle A320 family (including A320neo, the best-selling aircraft in aviation history), the widebody, long-range A330 family (incl. the A330-200 freighter, plus the recently launched A330-800neo and -900neo), the new generation A350 XWB family, and the flagship A380. 

Gebr. Heinemann is one of the top players on the international travel retail market. The company has maintained its Headquarters in what is now the HafenCity district of Hamburg since 1879. The family-run business has developed a branding concept designed to make its duty free and travel value shops truly unmistakable. The HEINEMANN DUTY FREE brand is now present at numerous airports worldwide, with its biggest Duty Free Shop at an airport in Sydney. Altogether, Gebr. Heinemann operates more than 300 Duty Free and Travel Value shops, fashion label boutiques under licence and concept shops at 78 airports in 28 countries along with shops at border crossings and aboard cruise liners. As a distributor, Gebr. Heinemann is supplying more than a 1,000 customers in 100-plus countries.
Dabelstein & Passehl, lawyers, act on a global basis for a very wide range of companies in the transport sector from air and sea to road, rail and space, renewable energies and property and ship fonds.

Branchspace provides consulting and technology services to drive travel companies to the forefront of digital retail. Branchspace are a forward-thinking, flexible and delivery-focussed team with expertise in the areas of eCommerce technology strategy, planning and implementation as well as retail UX and UI solution development.

Airline Information is home to the airline industry’s most forward-thinking research in loyalty and merchandising.  Airline professionals, marketers, investment firms and industry suppliers turn to Ai for the latest trends, advisory and industry guidebooks.
Apex - airline passenger experience association The Airline Passenger Experience Association of businesses and professionals that create, deliver, and manage the airline passenger experience.

Traxas developed a ground-breaking innovative solution to get intention, increase reach & retail revenue.
ch-aviation boosts airline intelligence in the world’s fastest growing markets. They provide the most extensive and up to date airline knowledge base in the world covering airlines, aircraft, ownership information, schedules, airports, senior airline management contacts, capacities and PSS. Conference delegates can request a free 14 days trial here

CARL GROUP is an owner-managed, full-service company in the field of live communication and over the past 15 years has developed into a major service provider in this field within Germany and Europe as a whole. Carl Group has been a partner for the Hamburg Aviation Conference since 2014 and supports the "think future" philosophy with innovative ideas and seamless execution. 
Robin Kater is the official photographer for the conference. He has just finished his studies, and has started to get a name for his fashion photography. At the conference 2015 we introduced the "get your professional photographer" as a free service for delegates to get a photograph. We realised that many delegates appreciated this service and saw back many of the photographs on linkedin and facebook pages.
Bold Endeavours Bold Endeavours is an innovative web development company – a team that has been doing so since 1992. Primary activity is software development and online marketing. Being in this business for more than a decade Bold Endeavours has a good grounding and understanding of business processes and the kind of software functionality that customers need.

Schellenberg & Kirchberg PR is an owner managed agency offering the full range of individualised public relations services. The skilled and experienced team maintains very close contact with editorial departments and many associations and institutions. As a result, they are able to deliver personalised consulting for individual clients and guarantee high performance and effectiveness. They are fully committed to service.
XXL Solutions helps organisations to do things differently and become fit for the digital environment. Activities include innovation factory workshops to define the digital agenda and change management roadmap, interim management functions for digital transformation and commercial management, mentoring assisgnments and guest lecturing. The focus is on customer, technology, innovation to improve customer experience, generate revenue and achieve a sustainable profitability and strong market position. They help airlines, airports, other travel stakeholders, retailers and service industries to develop and implement strategies to deal with the dynamic market environment and the empowered and always connected consumer. In order to achieve true transformation and cultural change they work closely with the clients' teams.

Planitas Airline Systems is a technology company based in Ireland and founded in 2000. Planitas specialises in data processing and data analytical solutions for the airline industry. At Planitas they believe that precious airline employee time should not be wasted cleaning and manipulating data. They provide accurate information so that employees can use their business expertise to analyse that data and take the best decisions to increase sales and optimise revenue. Planitas' team is a multi-talented team that combines airline business knowledge with the latest business technologies to provide solutions that are not only accurate and efficient but also specialised for the airline industry's specific needs.

YieldIn is a young and agile startup, offering solutions from a basic flight revenue management tool to simple and smart reporting, ancillary products and services RM solutions and dynamic pricing management.  

Farelogix is a recognized leader in the travel industry with groundbreaking technology that continues to modernize the airline commerce and distribution landscape.

The company’s flagship Airline Commerce Gateway is a technology platform comprised of fully integrated and optimized components for airline-controlled distribution, merchandising, and retailing across channels. It is used by airlines that are historically early adopters of industry-transformative technologies, including major U.S. airlines (United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines), five of the top-ten global airlines (including Lufthansa Group airlines and Emirates), and the two major airlines representing 90% of the Canadian market (Air Canada and WestJet).

The company is headquartered in Miami, Florida, with offices in Toronto, Canada; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


DiscountIF is a gamification tool powered by sport, bringing the passion and thrill of sport to the travel industry. DiscountIF offers a unique service, whereby brands enhance and boost their sales process by offering rewards linked to the outcome of sport events. “Brands are able to harness the powerful emotional connections of sports fans”, Forbes, “DiscountIF allows brands to present real-time offers based around sporting events”, Sports Industry Group
Flio offers with their unique app to discover airports worldwide, save money with great deals on food and shopping, get easy access to free Wi-Fi and hints and tips.

Blacklane provides an affordable and reliable professional driver service around the world. We guarantee low, fixed and all-inclusive rates at the moment of booking. Schedule rides from an hour to months ahead of time with licensed and insured drivers. Travelers receive multi-lingual 24/7 customer care and real-time flight tracking.

Blacklane offers a number of smart solutions for integration into the customer journey. Airlines, for example, add different ways of checking in luggage for business class travellers, making it part of the door-to-door experience. Blacklane also enables a smart integration into the booking process. 


Airportr have finally tackled the luggage problem and make a virtual bag drop a reality. AirPortr deliver travellers' bags to and from any London address and London City, Heathrow and Gatwick airports when customers need them. They help to create piece of mind for travellers, allowing to squeeze in an extra meeting, meet friends or just head to the airport on the train without dragging heavy bags.

For customers flying with British Airways they have introduced check in of bags for their flight from their London home, office or hotel.


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