In any industry when looking for new ideas and partnerships in business, visiting a conference seems like the best solution: hundreds of companies from all over the world to network with, all in one place. This is significant in aviation sector, where most of major deals are only signed face to face.
This is where AIR Convention 2018 comes in – the international aviation industry review conference, exhibition and awards taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 26-27th is specifically designed to optimize networking opportunities over the two days.
At first glance, the place of the conference may seem like an unusual location for such an international conference, estimated to bring over a 1000 attendees. However, the conference organizers see it as an advantage.
“It’s not a widely known fact, but Lithuania is surprisingly at the center of Europe. Additionally we’re right at the edge of Asia, enabling us to be right at the sweet spot of both regions. So our location allows us to attract not only leading European but also Asian companies,” shares Rimas Maliauskas, Project Director of AIR Convention.
Indeed, the attendee list already seems to deliver the promise of Vilnius becoming the center of aviation. With companies like Lufthansa, Etihad, Rossiya and dozens of others, the commercial aviation conference seems like a unique combination of international regions.
“Our aim is to bring together the most varied and international crowd to maximize networking opportunities. After all it would be a waste not to utilize our unique location to its full potential,” added the Project Director.
AIR Convention 2018 will have four major panel streams focusing on all the major aviation sectors: HR & Training; Tech & Innovation; IT & Marketing and the biggest stream commercial aviation forum with sub-streams for airlines, MROs, airports, aviation finance and leasing companies and aircraft manufacturers.
“The scope of both exhibition and conference parts is huge. It is truly an exclusive opportunity for companies to deal with everyone in the industry. The AIR Convention’s main goal is to bring latest innovations into this quite conservative industry and have an event specifically designed to make networking as productive as possible,” said Maliauskas.
In fact, the whole event is scheduled to have as many networking events as possible – starting with reception cocktail party, gala dinner, networking breaks throughout the two days, various activities including tours around the city, other parties and dedicated spaces for business meetings.
“We understand that to many guests, the most important part of attending a business conference is networking and solidifying business partnerships. That’s why we made sure to provide attendees with spaces to meet and do business in cozy yet professional environment where they can break the ice and get down to business,” the Project Director explained.
That is not to say, however, that AIR Convention exhibition and conference are there for show. The conference is set to host over 50 speakers in talk panels from companies like flydubai, EasyJet, IATA and even the acclaimed ‘Living Legend of Aviation’ Steven F. Udvar-Hazy.
The AIR exhibition is also set to bring industry giants which will unveil the latest products and services in the industry. “The goal with AIR is to have both – a great networking opportunity and an interesting aviation event that will bring innovation to the forefront of aviation,” finished the Director.