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The Wonderful World of Travel Payments

Up in the Air, named after the 2009 movie starring George Clooney as the ultimate business traveler, advises Airlines and OTA’s on their payment strategy and other players in the Travel payment value chain on how to reach the next level by defining or fine-tuning their vertical strategy and go to market plan, challenging their product offering & partner coverage, advising on the impact of regulation changes and performing a gap & competitor analysis.

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Market Research

Sales Support

Partner Management

Vendor Selection

Pricing & Risk management

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Recent & Upcoming Events

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Industry events play an important role in gathering knowledge, understanding the ecosystem, growing your network and meeting your peers. Meet us at these upcoming events:

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NDC - Retrofitting Payments

30 June 2021, Online

This is the first of a series of virtual events organized by Airline Information and Up in the Air on “NDC – Retrofitting Payments.” This session demystified the payment component of NDC, from the basics to the complex use cases and from data security to fraud management. Registration is still open to watch the recording free of charge.




Cargo Payments Summit: Modernizing Cargo Payments

27-28 April 2022, online

It is clear that with all developments in FinTech and alternative payment options in B2C and B2B, air cargo is facing many challenges and opportunities in embracing automated payment and digital processes. Who is using digital platforms as a competitive advantage to improve service levels? What about the financial impacts? What does effective digital payment depend on in terms of digital cargo management in real time?


World Aviation Festival

5-6 October 2022, Amsterdam

The World Aviation Festival is the world’s most important aviation technology conference and exhibition. The event is for the leaders of the world’s airlines, airports and their most senior executives in charge of the latest tech and strategies that are driving the industry forward. In 2022 we will be moving to the RAI in Amsterdam to bring our community of 5,000 global executives together once again to be inspired by 400 speakers over 2 incredible days.

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NDC – Retrofitting Payments: Ask Me Anything

 14 September 2021, Online

Up in the Air is co-hosting and co-organizing this series of virtual events with Airline Information on “NDC – Retrofitting Payments” to demystify the payment and fraud components of NDC. This “Ask Me Anything” will address the many audience questions from the first session in June that could not be gotten to, as well as address new questions live from the audience. Registration is free of charge.  

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Airline & Travel Payments Summit

 15-16 June 2022, London 

The last physical ATPS was also held near London in May 2019. It was themed “Engage, Experience and Execute,” looking at how to embrace the Internet of Things and the Internet of Commerce to improve our payments and fraud prevention. How times have changed! As we climb out of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the focus of global airlines and travel companies is re-finding profitability. This year we’ll look at payments´ role in increasing sales and driving revenues, as well as cutting costs

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ATPS Interview with Paul van Alfen

An introduction to Up in the Air – Travel Payment Consultancy. Interview with Paul van Alfen by Airline Information’s Chris Staab during the 2021 B2B Airline & Travel Payments Summit update

Recommended Read

Airline Payments Handbook 2nd Edition

Thomas Helldorff

A complete guide to payments in the air transport industry

  • Understand how payments work in the airline industry
  • Set a payment strategy
  • Reduce your payment costs
  • Optimise fraud and risk
  • Select the most suitable products and services from the best suppliers
  • Structuring a payment implementation project

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