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Join Hangar 51 to work with one of the world’s largest airline groups and find solutions to real business and customer challenges

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What is Hangar 51?

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The Mentors

Alex Cruz

Chairman and CEO of British Airways

Alex began his professional career at American Airlines in 1995, spending half his 10 years at the group with its travel technology arm, Sabre, in London, working with a range of European airlines. In 2006, Alex founded Clickair, a Barcelona-based airline, merging it with Vueling in 2009 and becoming Vueling's Chairman and CEO. Vueling was acquired by International Airlines Group (IAG) in 2013, with Alex joining the IAG Management Committee, on which he still sits. In April 2016, Alex was appointed Chairman and CEO of British Airways.

Andrew Crawley

CEO of IAG Cargo

Andrew Crawley was appointed IAG Cargo’s Chief Executive in January 2016. Previous to this he was the Chief Commercial Officer at British Airways and an Executive Board Member of British Airways plc. He oversaw the airline's worldwide commercial activity including marketing, pricing and revenue management, distribution strategy, website, call centres and digital strategy, customer data strategy, the worldwide sales force and the Frequent Flyer Programme. Andrew also held positions as Chairman of British Airways Holidays, Chairman of OpenSkies (British Airways wholly owned French airline subsidiary) and a board member of Avios Group Ltd.

Glenn Morgan

IAG Head of Digital Business Transformation

Glenn is a globally recognised thought leader in the travel, aviation and technology sectors. He is plugged into emerging digital, social and innovation trends. As an experienced business executive, Glenn has worked at the crossroads of technology and business across a range of industries and he is currently Head of Digital Business Transformation at International Airlines Group. In 2012, Glenn was recognised by a panel of industry experts as one of the most influential IT leaders in the UK. He also placed tenth in a travel technology 'Leaders of the pack' top-20 list in Buying Business Travel magazine. To put it into context, Steve Jobs came in first, while Google CEO Larry Page came third.

Robert Boyle

IAG Director of Strategy

Robert became International Airlines Group Director of Strategy in January 2011. He is responsible for the Group's global strategy and for co-ordinating its commercial activities. He is also responsible for Digital Transformation and for the Group's travel reward business Avios. Robert joined British Airways in 1993 and has worked in a variety of roles including Commercial Director, Director of Planning and Director of Strategy and Business Units.

Stephen Scott

IAG Head of Global Innovation

Scottie became International Airlines Group Head of Global Innovation in September 2014. He is responsible for the Group's global innovation programme and achieving its disruptive technology and research and development targets. He was previously Technology Innovation Manager at British Airways. Scottie joined British Airways in 2000 working in the loyalty sector of the business.

Alex Cruz

Chairman and CEO of British Airways

Alex began his professional career at American Airlines in 1995, spending half his 10 years at the group with its travel technology arm, Sabre, in London, working with a range of European airlines. In 2006, Alex founded Clickair, a Barcelona-based airline, merging it with Vueling in 2009 and becoming Vueling's Chairman and CEO. Vueling was acquired by International Airlines Group (IAG) in 2013, with Alex joining the IAG Management Committee, on which he still sits. In April 2016, Alex was appointed Chairman and CEO of British Airways.

Andrew Crawley

CEO of IAG Cargo

Andrew Crawley was appointed IAG Cargo’s Chief Executive in January 2016. Previous to this he was the Chief Commercial Officer at British Airways and an Executive Board Member of British Airways plc. He oversaw the airline's worldwide commercial activity including marketing, pricing and revenue management, distribution strategy, website, call centres and digital strategy, customer data strategy, the worldwide sales force and the Frequent Flyer Programme. Andrew also held positions as Chairman of British Airways Holidays, Chairman of OpenSkies (British Airways wholly owned French airline subsidiary) and a board member of Avios Group Ltd.

Glenn Morgan

IAG Head of Digital Business Transformation

Glenn is a globally recognised thought leader in the travel, aviation and technology sectors. He is plugged into emerging digital, social and innovation trends. As an experienced business executive, Glenn has worked at the crossroads of technology and business across a range of industries and he is currently Head of Digital Business Transformation at International Airlines Group. In 2012, Glenn was recognised by a panel of industry experts as one of the most influential IT leaders in the UK. He also placed tenth in a travel technology 'Leaders of the pack' top-20 list in Buying Business Travel magazine. To put it into context, Steve Jobs came in first, while Google CEO Larry Page came third.

Robert Boyle

IAG Director of Strategy

Robert became International Airlines Group Director of Strategy in January 2011. He is responsible for the Group's global strategy and for co-ordinating its commercial activities. He is also responsible for Digital Transformation and for the Group's travel reward business Avios. Robert joined British Airways in 1993 and has worked in a variety of roles including Commercial Director, Director of Planning and Director of Strategy and Business Units.

Stephen Scott

IAG Head of Global Innovation

Scottie became International Airlines Group Head of Global Innovation in September 2014. He is responsible for the Group's global innovation programme and achieving its disruptive technology and research and development targets. He was previously Technology Innovation Manager at British Airways. Scottie joined British Airways in 2000 working in the loyalty sector of the business.

Areas of Interest

Hangar 51 will focus on four areas:

1
Improving Airports

Technologies that can help IAG make the airport experience easier, faster and more enjoyable for the customer by providing them with a wider variety of options. We’re looking for solutions that can make the travelling process seamless from start to finish.

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Digitising Business Processes

Large businesses like IAG have thousands of processes that need to be optimised. We’re looking for solutions that can transform internal processes and drive operational efficiency and productivity, but can also help us to improve the customer experience.

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Data-Driven Decisions

We’re looking for solutions that can help IAG improve their use of existing data and supplement this with new information to increase customer satisfaction. This may include solutions that involve: dynamic flight pricing, customer loyalty and journey disruption management.

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Wildcard

We want to hear from the technologists and entrepreneurs who are transforming customers’ lives to identify how their innovations could apply to the airline industry. Surprise us!

Timeline

6 Nov 2016

Applications Close

6 Dec 2016

Pitch Day

Pitch Day is your start-up's chance to Pitch to our IAG senior leadership and over 100 representatives from the business to win a place on the programme. You'll have the chance to expand on your application and convince the panel that you're right for the programme.

9 Jan 2017

Programme Starts

The 10 week intensive collaboration starts here. Over this time, we’ll set key objectives for what you want to achieve in collaboration with IAG and get mentorship from senior leadership and external experts to help you towards these goals.

27 Mar 2017

Demo Day

Demo Day is where you'll show us what your start-up has achieved over the 10 weeks and present your proposal for future engagement with IAG.

6 Nov 2016

Applications Close

6 Dec 2016

Pitch Day

Pitch Day is your start-up's chance to Pitch to our IAG senior leadership and over 100 representatives from the business to win a place on the programme. You'll have the chance to expand on your application and convince the panel that you're right for the programme.

9 Jan 2017

Programme Starts

The 10 week intensive collaboration starts here. Over this time, we’ll set key objectives for what you want to achieve in collaboration with IAG and get mentorship from senior leadership and external experts to help you towards these goals.

27 Mar 2017

Demo Day

Demo Day is where you'll show us what your start-up has achieved over the 10 weeks and present your proposal for future engagement with IAG.