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The must go think tank of the year

- Christopher Minner, Tampa Airport, VP

- Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair, CMO

- Ludger van Bebber, Airport Weeze, CEO

- Andrew Cowen, HongKong Express Airlines, CEO

- Iliana Cruz, Executive Director Revenue
   Management, Pricing

- Manish Sinha, Hyderabad Airport, COO

- Michael Eggenschwiler, Hamburg Airport, CEO

- Juha Järvinen, Finnair, CCO and more...

10 - 11

February 2016

Change today is happening ten times faster and at 300 times the scale, or roughly 3,000 times the impact compared with the Industrial Revolution. We all know that these disruptions are happening, but most of us do not yet comprehend their full magnitude and the effects that will result.

At this year’s Hamburg Aviation Conference more than 150 top leaders from airports, airlines, other industries and science will discuss game changers in this disruptive environment, and how daring to be different can lead to success.

We will discuss

  • which business models have validity,
  • how customer focus can make a difference,
  • what cutting edge revenue management means,
  • how to deal with the paradoxes of technology and digitalisation,
  • what the new generation airport could look like.

We will hear about a number of innovative case studies.

Our impressive speaker line up includes among others CEOs, top leaders and entrepreneurs from the following organisations:


  • airports of Hamburg, Isavia (Iceland), Hyderabad, Tokyo Narita, Moscow, Dublin, Tampa (Florida), Weeze and the German Airports Association,
  • from airlines such as Ryanair, HongKong Express, LOT, Finnair, Lufthansa, Peach Airlines (Japan) and Monarch Airlines
  • as well as professors from the University of Waterloo, ISM International School of Management, the Hellenic American University, TU Hamburg, Bucks New University and Trinity College/University of Dublin,
  • representatives from Barclays Bank, Travelzoo, Lumexis inflight entertainment, Sabre Austria, Flio airport app, Eisberg Positioning, Local destination app, Travelpass

The Chief Marketing Officer of Ryanair will explain how they lead the way in managing change faster than everyone else. And we will hear how HongKong Express is turned into a low cost carrier, and about the data journey of Monarch Airlines.

We will get insight from the designers of Tokyo Narita Airport Terminal 3, which had turned the airport into a running track. We will learn about the latest research from ICLP Loyalty Marketing about what customers really want from an airport. We will hear about trend reports from Eisberg Positioning and visions where the low cost airline model will evolve from the Chairman of the board when Ryanair changed to their low cost model many years ago.

Lumexis and other representatives will explain what end-to-end connectivity means from the customer, airline and supplier perspective. We will hear a number of case studies about innovative solutions and start ups from top leaders and entrepreneurs.

This unique and very personal conference is organised by the boutique consultancy XXL Solutions. Hamburg Airport originally started the conference in 1999 and remains the main marketing partner. Other marketing partners include Lumexis (USA, inflight entertainment solutions), Airbus (Germany), ICLP (global loyalty agency), IBS Software Services, Sabre Airlines Solutions (Austria division), Travelpass (innovative subscriber solution), Heinemann Duty Free, YieldIn (innovative revenue management solutions), Dabelstein & Passehl (international lawyers).

The advisory board is chaired by Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO at Hamburg Airport. Other members include top management from Geneva Airport, HongKong Express Airlines, Lufthansa, Airbus, LH Technik, International School of Management, University of Waterloo, Heinemann Duty Free, Trinity College, DLR and more.


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2016 Speakers

Peter Devlin, Local, CEO & Founder


Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport, Managing Director


Daniel Burkard, Domodedovo Moscow Airport, Deputy Airport Director, Director Non-Aviation Devleopment


Nicolas Günther, Travelzoo Germany, Head of Sales


Paul Sies, bmi regional, Commercial Advisor


Christopher Minner, Tampa International Airport, VP


Stefanie Moulliet, Lufthansa Flight Training, Head of Wet Training Business Development


Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair, CMO (replacing Michael O'Leary, who has just informed us that he has to go on a longhaul trip & therefore cannot come)


Juha Järvinen, Finnair, Chief Commercial Officer


Stephan Uhrenbacher, Entrepreneur, Founder of FLIO, the global airport app


Stephan Jung, Eisberg Positioning, Managing Partner


Marcus Puffer, IBS Software Services, VP Global Loyalty Strategy


Manish Sinha, Hyderabad International Airport, India, Chief Operating Officer


Wataru Tanaka, Nikken Sekkei, Design section - architect, designer of Tokyo Narita Terminal 3


Seb Wereszczynski, Monarch Airlines, Head of Revenue


Ralph Beisel, ADV German Airports Assoc., Managing Director


Iliana Cruz, LOT Polish Airlines, Executive Director Revenue Management, Pricing and Distribution

Andrew Cowen, HongKong Express Airlines, CEO


Michael Eggenschwiler, Hamburg Airport, CEO 


Benny Mantin, University of Waterloo, Assoc. Professor

Patrick Murphy, Peach Airlines Japan, Chief Advisor


Pramod Jain, Sabre Austria, Managing Director  


Joe Leader, APEX, CEO 


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The must go cross industry think tank of the year
10 - 11 February 2016, Hamburg
Conference language: English

About Speakers

Simon Calver

Chairman of, ex Lovefilm, Mothercare, Unilever, Pepsi Cola

Top Industry Leaders Opening Panel on February 11th at 10.45: The future of customer experience - differentiator or commodity?

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CEO flyvista, ex Novosibirsk Airport, Air Baltic, Baltic Miles

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