Reflections from World Aviation Festival.
We had a great experience exhibiting in the start up zone of the world aviation festival a couple of weeks ago in early October. It was our first time at the event and we really enjoyed our time. We found all the conversations we had with airlines and fellow exhibitors both rich and interesting.
Talking to airlines their focus is about beginning to move on from pandemic and post pandemic staff shortages. Whilst these topics did feature in our conversations many of our discussions moved quickly to digital innovation, agility and transformation. What was clear to us is that many airlines have a lot on at the moment (especially operationally!), but they are also looking for solutions that will support their future plans (as well as current aviation challenges).
When talking through our products we received a lot of engagement, interest and enthusiasm. Not just from those in the crew planning arena: everyone loves problem solving! And a lot more people like math problems than you would think.
Naturally as an organization with deep expertise in optimization we had a lot of conversations about applying these techniques to crewing and network optimisation. We also got great feedback for our UI and analytics interface during demos, which was encouraging for us as we have put in a lot of time thinking about the overall product design as well as perpetually developing optimisation solvers (which does of course drive tangible benefits for customers).
The RAI exhibition center in Amsterdam was a great venue and we received amazing support from organizers Terrapin. We shouldn’t also forget to say thanks to our neighbors in the start-up village: their humor and friendliness certainly added to the occasion.