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Future Travel Experience Global 2018

Redefine your passenger experience and business performance strategies in Vegas

10-12 September 2018 Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas

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Future Travel Experience Global 2018

View our highlights video to see what makes the show unique:

Read the FTE Global 2017 round-up

Our industry is facing a defining period and whichever way you look change is on the horizon. Technological, digital and engineering advancements are reshaping almost every sector on the planet and travel is rife for disruption. This leaves our audience of airlines, airports, vendors, start-ups, OEMs, government agencies, destination partners and various other travel industry stakeholders wondering what steps need to be taken now to prepare for the future.

Through our “disrupt or be disrupted” theme FTE Global 2018 will tackle these issues and challenges head-on. The event will be specifically designed to help ensure that your organisation is well-equipped to adopt new technologies, adapt your working culture, and forge new partnerships to support your business’ growth and passenger experience ambitions. We will shed light on the likely disruptions that will redefine air transport in our plenary sessions, and we will also look closely at the way the industry works today and help attendees forge their own disruptive approaches through four inspiring conference streams. And that’s not all –attendees will also have access to a major end-to-end exhibition, unique social and networking events, co-creation workshops, tours, government agency briefings and startup content and showcases.

Major speakers confirmed include:

Brian Loo

Walt Disney Imagineering

Skuli Mogensen

Founder and CEO,
WOW air

Gil West

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer,
Delta Air Lines

Ted Christie

Spirit Airlines

Steven Greenway


Sean Donohue

DFW International Airport

Dr. Jaiwon Shin

Associate Administrator for Aeronautics – Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

Meet our Conference provocateurs:

Outside-of-the-industry innovator
Jochen Werner

VP Cabin & Industrial Design,

Industry innovator:
Dave Wilson

Director, Airport Innovation,
Port of Seattle

Outside-of-the-industry innovator: Joyen Vakil

Senior Vice President of Design & Development,
MGM Resorts International

Industry innovator:
Kiran Merchant

Merchant Aviation & Chairman of Airport Fast Forward

Outside-of-the-industry innovator:
Christine De Lille

Professor Innovation Networks,
The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Industry innovator:
Garen Moreno

Director, Strategic Partnering,
BMW Designworks

Outside-of-the-industry innovator:
Jim Newton

Global Market Development Director,
McLaren Applied Technologies

Industry innovator:
Sander Stomph

Director ODS (Design Doing & Data Science),
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

In support of our “Disrupt or be disrupted” theme, FTE Global 2018 will see us introduce a team of “provocateurs” who will challenge the status quo in every conference session. In each of the four conference tracks, a provocateur will offer their expert opinions and pose challenging questions on topics that they do not usually focus on in their day-to-day roles. This outside-of-the-industry inspiration will provide new ideas on alternative approaches that could benefit the air transport sector. In each case, they will be paired with a progressive thinker who works within the industry in order to provide a balanced view. Meanwhile C-level Delta, WOW air, Swoop, Spirit, DFW and NASA executives have also been confirmed to speak in Vegas.

New for 2018:

  • Lower cost registration for airlines and airports

  • Digital & Innovation conference stream

  • Revamped FTE Global Awards

  • Bigger startup presence

  • Even more networking and co-creation

  • 1-2-1 meeting system that facilitates networking in advance, and during, the show

Why attend FTE Global 2018?

Don’t just take our word for it – read what FTE Global attendees have said about the show..

“FTE Global was fantastic! It’s very inspirational and it opens the stage for a lot of collaboration and building the future of travel. I was very impressed by the exhibition this year. The diversity of the products and what could be built with the technology that was featured is really a new world.”

Liliana Petrova, Customer Experience Director, JetBlue Airways

“FTE is one of my favourite conferences to go to. I like the fact that you bring in both airlines and airports, and the content is really different. I also enjoy that you bring in different speakers from other industries. I’m a “future” guy and this is a really good place to be. It’s fun because we’re all on the same page – we’re all looking for future technology.”

David Wilson, Director, Airport Innovation, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Port of Seattle

“The thing that’s really cool about this conference is most industry conferences just focus on tomorrow. With this one, people take a step back, are willing to consider new ideas, and think about the next 5, 10, 15 years.”

Jason Chua, Project Executive, A³ by Airbus Group

“I’ve been quite amazed by the quality of people that I was able to meet from the airline and airport communities, and also from the different innovative suppliers that were showcasing their latest innovations. For start-ups it’s a great event.”

François Chopard, CEO and Founder, Starburst Accelerator

“The networking opportunities are always fantastic at FTE Global. There has been a high level of interaction and engagement between delegates.”

Rick Belliotti, Director Innovation & Small Business Development, San Diego International Airport

“FTE Global is a wonderful event. I have met representatives from many different modes of travel, and heard what people need to think about in the next decades. In terms of networking, the right players are here to have conversations with.”

Zachary Matthews, Senior Regional Manager, Business Development and Operations, US and Canada, Uber

“I have particularly liked that the event helps from a strategic standpoint. FTE Global really allows for a holistic strategic mind-set. The conference sessions have been very relevant in terms of customer experience.”

Michael Morford, Airport Concessions Manager, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

“It’s great that we’re hearing about disruption. Blurring the lines between industries is very important, and this event does that very effectively.”

Rachel Walker, Director – Tools & Technology Global Ops, Strategy, Planning & Design, United Airlines

“I have been very happy with the conference sessions, which have been projecting us into the future. It’s my first time here at FTE Global and it has exceeded my expectations. I have met lots of different contacts – the event is very good for networking.”

Aymeric Dussart, IT Director, Aéroports de Montréal

“The panel sessions have been excellent, with good interaction with the audience. It’s a very forward-thinking event and people here are not afraid to talk about the future.”

Joshua Krall, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Boom Supersonic

“I’d heard a lot about FTE Global from industry colleagues and it has certainly met my expectations. The conference sessions have been very interesting, and it has been my pleasure to take part.”

Christoph Rufenacht, Director Capital Facilities Development, Vancouver Airport Authority

“FTE Global was definitely a great opportunity for us to network and to learn from all the players that are changing the airline industry and the travel industry. During three days we were exposed to lots of insights and we were exposed to a broader way of approaching our business.”

Alessandro Fusaro, Coordinator Digital Marketing & Innovation, SkyTeam

“It has been great attending FTE Global. The conference sessions have really informed our thinking and the Co-creation Forums were particularly good in generating a high level of interaction. FTE Global is highly recommended – I will definitely attend again.”

Max Coppin, Partner Development Manager, Google

“The event has been very insightful. I’ve been to a lot of conferences, and the knowledge gained at FTE Global is unique and innovative. It’s very good that the event is all about collaboration. I will take some nice concepts home with me.”

Maria Rosario C. Jocson, Assistant Vice President, Centre for Customer Management, Marketing Department, Philippine Airlines

2018 Exhibitors

Showcasing the air transport industry’s most pioneering vendors

Access IS
Airport Lounge Development
Airside Mobile
Alien Technology
Arora Engineers, INC
Brock Solutions
CCM Airports
Cognex Corporation
Copenhagen Optimization
Daifuku BCS
Four Winds Interactive
George Schmitt
FTE  and FTE Startup Hub
Hallmark Aviation Services
Hamad International Airport
ICM Airport Technics
JetBlue Technology Ventures
Materna IPS
Magnetic Autocontrol
Magnetic Ticket & Label
Mexia Interactive
Molon Labe
Practical Automation
Rockwell Collins
Secure Wrap
Storm Interface
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Unicoaero, Inc.
Vancouver Airport Authority
ViewTag LLC

What else is happening at FTE Global 2018?

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The Mandalay Bay Resort

10-12 September 2018, Las Vegas, United States

The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas is the venue for FTE Global 2018, and offers unmatched luxury, fine dining, renowned entertainment, personal service and gaming excitement.

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Future Travel Experience Global 2018 is an independent global forum that brings together airlines, airports, government agencies, vendors, start-ups, terminal designers, architects, ground handlers, destination partners and various other travel industry stakeholders to define tomorrow’s end-to-end passenger experience.

Future Travel Experience Global 2018
- September 2018
Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, United States

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