Agenda Day 1

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 – 09:10


Presented by: Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems

09:10 – 09:40

The Rise of the Global, Paxex Tech Savvy LCC of the Next Decade

Presented by: Ed Wegel – CEO World Airways
With the Boeing 787, World Airways will launch in 2018 as a global charter airline flying as a U.S. flagged carrier. That advances in 2019 with America’s first global LCC connectivity to Asia, South Pacific, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. World Airways CEO Ed Wegel will unveil to attendees the types of technology needed for the emerging airline of the next decade (Member Note: World Airways’ executive team will set meetings with leading providers so please send 100 word proposals to for consideration by World Airways).

09:40 – 10:10

Air New Zealand’s Dragon: Passenger Technology to Maximize Revenue

Presented by: Avi Golan – Chief Digital Officer

10:10 – 10:30

Networking Break

10:30 – 11:00

Philippine Airlines

Presented by: Salvador Britanico – VP Inflight Services

11:00 – 11:45

From JetBlue to JetSuite: Transforming Travel

Presented by: Alex Wilcox – CEO, Jetsuite
JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox started as a JetBlue founder creating first-of-their-kind passenger experience innovations including the first LiveTV and leather seats on a low-cost-carrier. As JetSuite CEO, he has worked with his team to build the ideal short-range passenger experience airline with best-in-class technology. At APEX TECH, CEO Alex Wilcox will unveil innovations that will transform air travel even more quickly across the United States.

11:45 – 12:30

Japan Airlines

Presented by: Akira Mitsumasu, VP Marketing Strategy & Research, Asia Oceania Japan Airlines
Passenger Experience and ancillary revenue opportunities and recommendations

12:30 – 1:30

Networking Lunch – provided by APEX

1:30 – 2:15

Gogo Vision Touch wireless IFE

Gogo and Delta launch a new wireless streaming entertainment solution for seatback-mounted devices. Panelists will discuss the software centric solution and how it can enable airlines to push upgrades similar to the way they are received on phones and tablets.

2:15 – 3:00

Wi-fi Report

Presented by: Jason Rabinowitz, Director, Airline Reserch, Routehappy
Routehappy will release their 2018 Wi-Fi report which will highlight the progress airlines have made in offereing Internet access to their passengers. The report will show trends in quantity of flights offering Wi-Fi and the quality of the connection.

3:00 – 3:20

Networking Break

3:20 – 5:00

APEX Airline Connectivity Standards INTERACT Working Session

Airlines Participating: Air New Zealand, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, JetBlue, Korean Air, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Southwest, Spirit and United.
Connectivity Providers Participating: Eutelsat, Gogo, Inmarsat, Thales, Panasonic Avionics, ViaSat, SmartSky Networks,
Aircraft Manufacturers Participating: Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier
Major airline leaders, aircraft manufactures, and top airline connectivity providers will collectively engage in an APEX TECH INTERACT working session that will set 2018 priorities for connectivity business standards. APEX CEO Joe Leader will unveil the APEX Airline Connectivity Survey. The APEX TECH Connectivity Working Group will then highlight the priorities selected by airlines in the survey with potential options. With that brief overview, the APEX TECH INTERACT model will include interactive participation from the following industry stakeholders. Please contact APEX Membership Services at if you are an airline leader, aircraft manufacture, or top airline connectivity provider that would like to participate in this interactive session.

5:15 – 6:45

Networking Reception
*Subject to change.

Agenda Day 2

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 9:10

Welcome & Introduction

Presented by: Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems

9:10 – 10:10

The Importance of Public and Private Sector Collaboration for Aviation Security Technology Innovation

This panel conversation will convene representatives from players across the aviation security ecosystem to discuss how public and private collaborations have advanced aviation security. Based on the audience at APEX Tech, the focus will primarily be on technology, though the conversation can cover aviation security more broadly.

10:10 – 11:10

APEX Biometrics Industry Leadership Program: #Entry4Exit4More and Instant Passenger Recognition

APEX CEO, U.S. DHS CBP Executive Director, SITA, and Leading Airlines To Be Officially Announced Shortly
At the heart of Silicon Valley innovation, APEX has partnered with San Jose Airport to launch the first 100% biometric exit and entry airport in the United States. At APEX TECH 2017, a major U.S. airline suggested the initiative. At the first APEX TECH 2018, San Jose Airport will announce with SITA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security the 2018 initiative that will enable all San Jose international airlines to benefit from the speed processing of biometric exit, the benefit of biometric entry, and the potential to do much more. APEX envisions biometrics enabling instant passenger recognition enabling boarding without boarding passes and personally serving passengers by name and by preferences anywhere in the air travel experience. International SJC airlines that will benefit from the initiative include Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Alaska, ANA, British Airways, Hainan, Lufthansa, Southwest, and Volaris.

11:10 – 11:30

Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15

Accessible IFE Interface for the Blind

In the Final Resolution of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) ACCESS Advisory Committee, organized in April 2016 and ending its work in November 2016, the DOT called for the establishment of an Accessible Interface Task Force with the directive to “…develop and submit any consensus recommendations of proposed specifications for an accessible user interface for new IFEC systems … offered on newly delivered aircraft. Organized by APEX, the Task Force brought together representatives from the advocacy community—including the American Council of the Blind—airlines, and subject matter experts—including the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), that worked through 2017, ultimately delivering recommendations to DOT on November 15, 2017. Anthony Stephens of the American Council of the Blind joins other members of the Task Force to discuss their recommendations, and the importance of airline implementation.

12:15 – 1:15

Networking Lunch – provided by APEX

1:15 – 3:30

Ad Delivery Working Group Panel: Ancillary Revenues Driven by Data

Presented by: Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa System: Andy Rosen, Chair, Advertising Delivery Working Group; Ben Schofield, Director of Digital at Red Bee Media
Panelists will review the concept of data as currency and the personalization and contextualization of advertising to drive up CPMS.

3:30 – 3:45

Networking Break

3:45 – 4:30

Innovation Start Ups

What new developments are being dreamed up? APEX is proud to feature startups at TECH. Selected entrepreneurs will showcase their creations that are sure to have a great impact on the travel and hospitality industries.

*Subject to change,