AIR Convention Europe 2019

September 17th – 19th 2019, Vilnius, Lithuania
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3 Days
1000+ Global Aviation leaders
30+ Countries


1000+ Attendees from 30+ countries with 100+ C-level representatives from airlines. The event will also welcome high profile reps of airports, MROs, Finance & Leasing companies and many more industry professionals. The conference panels will also feature 100+ speakers from leading industry sectors.

Attending Airlines

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József Váradi
CEO and Founder

József Váradi is the founder and CEO of Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe. The company’s low-cost leader strategy has transformed the airline from being one of the many start-ups in 2004 to one of the major European players today. Before conceiving the idea of Wizz Air, Mr. Váradi led MALEV Hungarian Airlines between 2001 and 2003. During his time as CEO, the company underwent a major turnaround program including organizational restructuring and a complete fleet renewal. The change resulted in a significant improvement of results, cutting losses by 80%. Mr. Váradi graduated from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics. He also obtained a Master of Laws from the University of London and completed the International Directorship program at INSEAD.

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Kimmo Mäki

Kimmo Mäki is the CEO of Finavia Corporation since January 2018. Before that, Mr. Mäki worked as the CEO of Port of Helsinki from 2011 to 2017. Prior to that he was theSenior Vice President at Steveco Oy. He has also worked as a Logistics Manager at Stockmann plc and other companies. Kimmo Mäki is currently a member of the Board of Finrail Oy. He holds an MSc in technology as well as an MBA and has extensive work experience of the service and logistics industry.

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Duncan Bureau

Duncan Bureau, the President of Air Canada Rouge was previously Vice President, Global Sales, a role he held since joining Air Canada in 2014. He was responsible for the airline’s revenue generated across all sales channels from all global points of sale, and sales distribution strategies worldwide. Prior to joining Air Canada, Duncan was Senior Vice-President, Global Sales and Distribution at Malaysia Airlines where he was responsible for that airline’s strategic direction in sales, distribution and tour operator divisions, developing sales distribution and channel strategies. He previously held senior leadership positions at WestJet in sales, business development, distribution, and at Canadian Airlines in revenue management, network planning, financial reporting, annual budget and strategic planning.

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Erdinç Ugurlu
Vice President, IT

Erdinc Ugurlu is Vice President of Business Solutions and joined Pegasus Airlines in May 2015. His career started in 2004 at Bizitek as software team leader. He was appointed to Project Manager at Coca-Cola Icecek in 2008. After four years, he started building IT department of Konica Minolta Turkey, and also held the position of  Application Development Manager, Europe at Konica Minolta Europe. He lead digital transformation in retail industry as Business Solutions Manager at Domino’s Pizza Turkey. After gathering experience in various industries, he started a new career as an enterprenuer.  Currently, Mr. Ugurlu is leading all digital things related to all business functions. He has experince in digital channels, innovation, mobile technologies and intelligent things. He will challenge rules to drive innovation.


AIR Convention Europe will include 4 major talk panel streams with 100+ leading aviation industry experts.

The conference main panel – Commercial aviation forum aims to explore existing market patterns and examine trends & challenges of the global aviation industry. The main panel will review progressive solutions, significant developments and the upcoming game-changers of the industry, while also covering each sector of the industry:







Aviation Finance

Aviation Finance & Leasing

Aircraft and Engine

Aircraft & Engine Manufacturers

3 Additional Discussion Panels

The panel will cover a number of aviation-related practices, aimed at shaping customer experience: from in-flight entertainment innovations and personalization to LCC marketing strategies, IT, brand management, and other effective means to ensure strong customer service

The panel will examine latest innovative HR solutions, their adaptation for aviation sector, new trends in aviation workforce training and talent acquisition, as well as effective ways to attract more talents to the aviation industry

This panel is designed to review latest aviation technology developments, providing an extensive outlook on sector innovations. Air Tech will examine how progressive tech solutions ranging from smart security practices to augmented reality projects can define the future of aviation

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Moments from previous events

Aviation Industry Awards

The international Aviation Industry Awards 2019 are coming soon!

2018 awards honored the most inspired, creative and forward-thinking projects and companies in the whole aviation industry in two major sections of categories – Business and Innovation.

The winners have been determined by a voting process open to the public and announced worldwide during AIR Convention Europe 2018 Awards on September 26th in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Winners 2018

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About Vilnius

Discover the best kept secret of Europe – the lustrous old town of Vilnius, the buzzing city center, the
greatest restaurants and the thrilling night-life of the compact city right at the G spot of Europe.

Vilnius cadedral square

Vilnius Cathedral

The Cathedral Basilica of Vilnius is the main Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lithuania. It is situated in Vilnius Old Town, just off of Cathedral Square. Dedicated to Saints Stanislaus and Ladislaus, the church is the heart of Catholic spiritual life in Lithuania.

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Gediminas castle Vilnius

Gediminas Castle

Gediminas' Tower (Lithuanian: Gedimino pilies bokštas) is the remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The first wooden fortifications were built by Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania. The first brick castle was completed in 1409 by Grand Duke Vytautas. The three-floor tower was rebuilt in 1933 by Polish architect Jan Borowski. Some remnants of the old castle have been restored, guided by archaeological research.

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Vilnius old town

Vilnius Old Town

The Old Town of Vilnius, one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe, has an area of 3.59 square kilometres (887 acres). It encompasses 74 quarters, with 70 streets and lanes numbering 1487 buildings with a total floor area of 1,497,000 square meters.

The oldest part of the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, it has developed over the course of many centuries, and has been shaped by the city's history and a constantly changing cultural influence. It is a place where some of Europe's greatest architectural styles—gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical—stand side by side and complement each other.

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Neris river vilnius

Neris River

The Neris river flows through Vilnius (Lithuania) and becomes a tributary of the Neman River (Nemunas) at Kaunas (Lithuania). Its length is 510 km.

For 276 km the river runs through Belarus, where it is called Viliya, and 235 km runs through Lithuania, where it is called Neris.

The Neris connects two old Lithuanian capitals – Kernavė and Vilnius. Along its banks are burial places of the pagan Lithuanians. At 25 km from Vilnius are the old burial mounds of Karmazinai, with many mythological stones and a sacred oak.

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