Visiting Dublin for IATA AGM – Airline Executive Playbook for Success

As many of the world’s leaders in aviation gather in Dublin this week for the IATA AGM, being held in the RDS, 1-3 June, 2016, the Arconics crew presents this short and sweet guide to the very best our glorious city has to offer…

Oscar-Wilde-Arconics-software-dublin-iata-agm2016.jpg1. RDS location, proximity to city centre

The RDS is located in Dublin 4, the city’s most affluent and expensive inner suburb. On exiting the RDS main hall, turning right will bring you south, towards Blackrock, Dalkey, lots of lovely beaches, mountains and glorious County Wicklow. In need of some fresh air between sessions? Exit the RDS and go right, then take your first left to go to Sandymount, a mere 15 minute walk to the sea. Yes, the sea! Turning left brings you to the city centre, passing the US Embassy, the Grand Canal and to Merrion Square (featuring a statue of Dublin’s most famous wit, Oscar Wilde) and Trinity College (which is right beside Arconics HQ).

2. Dublin nightlife

Dublin has a justified reputation as a party capital of the world. Why is this? Mainly because people are out in town every night of the week. Weekends are manic, certainly, but any midweek night still offers a wide selection of buzzing bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Just follow the crowds. Temple Bar is a leading destination for visitors but, with the area’s bars very much geared towards tourists with traditional music sessions and high prices, you won’t find many Dubliners here. Try heading towards Wexford Street instead, with a a great strip of bars and restaurants, including Whelan’s, a legendary bar and live music venue. For a classy drink, we recommend the bar at the Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephen’s Green.

As you enjoy sampling Dublin’s nightlife, let us paraphrase Oscar Wilde for you: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the contrails.”

3. Software tech hub

All the world’s leading software companies have major operations in Dublin. The area around the docks on the south side of the River Liffey is so crammed with tech businesses, it’s been dubbed Silicon Docks. And that’s where you’ll find Arconics airline software so, if you’re on a tour of Silicon Docks, give us a call and drop by for a coffee! The dockside area has plenty of beautiful, panoramic views of the city and lots of cool eateries.

4. Art and culture

Three art galleries worth a look are the National Gallery of Ireland on Clare St, which boasts old masters, including a prized Caravaggio. There’s currently an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings which is free, but requires online booking:

Caravaggio_The_Taking_of_Christ_1602-1.jpgThe Hugh Lane Gallery, on Parnell Square at the top of O’Connell St, the city’s main thoroughfare boasts an amazing collection of Impressionist masterpieces and Irish contemporary art, including Manet, Monet, Renoir’s Umbrellas and Francis Bacon’s complete studio.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is in Kilmainham, to the west of the city and features new talents juxtaposed alongside key names in modern art. IMMA is adjacent to Kilmainham Gaol, a leading visitor attraction that educates about the 1916 Easter Rising, the centenary of which is commemorated this year.

Guinness is not just one of the world’s most iconic brands, it is also part of the essence of Dublin. You can learn why at any of the city’s bars, but the Guinness Storehouse offers the complete history and experience. It’s also the city’s leading tourist attraction.

5. Shopping

The best shopping area is around Grafton Street, in the south city centre. Here you can find high end department stores, such as Brown Thomas, as well as good quality souvenir shops – try Kilkenny Design – and plenty of great restaurants and bars. There’s also shopping around Henry Street on the northside (mass market fashion, mainly) and in Dundrum Town Centre, a short trip from the RDS and one of the largest shopping malls in Europe. Dundrum features lots of high end fashion, with stores by Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and Hamleys.

6. Dublin essentials

For fast and easy access to taxis, try downloading the HAILO app. It’s possible to walk to the city centre from Ballsbridge and once you’re in town, travelling by foot is the best way to experience Dublin’s soul. Want some high end food? Try Restaurant Patrick Gilbaud on Merrion St, Ireland’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars. Best bar in Dublin? That’s a big ask, but we recommend Whelan’s, the Pavilion in Trinity College on a sunny evening (especially if there’s a cricket match on!), the Shelbourne Hotel bar, Toner’s, the Long Hall, the Palace, the Stag’s Head and Kehoe’s.

And you’re probably asking: “Is it always this sunny in Dublin?” Of course it is! Enjoy!

Contact Arconics by phone on 01 611 4625 or email


Photo credits

Oscar Wilde statue, Merrion Square – Arconics Crew

The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio, 1602 – National Gallery of Ireland


IATA AGM – Dublin 2016

Dublin’s RDS hosts the IATA AGM, 1 – 3 June 2016

800px-RDS_Dublin_2008_-_main_entrance.jpgThe IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world’s largest gathering of airline leaders. This event is expected to attract almost 800 attendees including CEOs from 85 airlines, as well as high level executives from OEMs, airports, governments, ANSPs, IT providers and other stakeholders.

In 2016, the 72nd AGM will be hosted by Aer Lingus – celebrating 80 years since its first commercial flight – and will take place in Europe’s most amazing, welcoming city. Dublin is now staking a claim to being the world’s leading software development hub. Air transportation plays a vital role in the social and economic life of Ireland and the we have a proud history of contribution to the development of aviation, including the creation of aircraft leasing and the low cost model. The IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit is a unique opportunity for the industry’s top chief executives and leaders to discuss policy and share their views on civil aviation. Unfortunately, this event is not open to the public and is by invitation only, so stay tuned to Arconics social media and blog for full reports.

What is IATA?

IATA-logo.pngIATA is the International Air Transport Association, a trade association of the world’s airlines. Consisting of around 260 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, the IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 83% of total Available Seat Kilometers air traffic. IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. It is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

Safety is the number one priority for IATA. The main instrument for safety is the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). IOSA has also been mandated at the state level by several countries. In 2012, aviation posted its safest year ever. The global Western-built jet accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets) was 0.20, the equivalent of one accident every 5 million flights. Future Richard_Quest_2014.jpgimprovements will be founded on data sharing with a database fed by a multitude of sources and housed by the Global Safety Information Center. In June 2014 the IATA set up a special panel to study measures to track aircraft in flight in real time.

The IOSA certification audit is an internationally-recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally-recognised audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. Airlines are re-evaluated every two years. Registering for IOSA certification and auditing is not mandatory, so an airline that does not have IOSA certification may have either failed the IOSA audit or simply chosen not to participate. Small, regional airlines generally don’t do the IOSA audit primarily because of the cost to have the audit conducted and then to implement the likely required changes.

Paperless Cockpit and Carbon Emission Reduction

IATA members and all industry stakeholders have agreed to three sequential environmental goals:

  1. An average improvement in fuel efficiency of 1.5% a year from 2009 through 2020.
  2. A cap on net carbon emissions from aviation from 2020 (carbon-neutral growth).
  3. A 50% reduction in net aviation carbon emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels.

At the 69th IATA annual general meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, members overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution on “Implementation of the Aviation Carbon-Neutral Growth (CNG2020) Strategy.”

Meet Arconics in Dublin Around IATA AGM 2016

Richard Quest, CNN’s resident AvGeek and business correspondent, is expected to attend the AGM. Arconics invites Richard, the world’s aviation media, and all airline CEOs, to meet us for an insider tour of Dublin. Arconics HQ is in Silicon Docks, just down the road from the RDS, and we’d be delighted to show you the sights of this amazing and vibrant city. Dublin is a world-leading software development hub, with a rich aviation heritage. We’d love the opportunity to share our thought leadership in software and aviation.

Just click here to get in touch or to request more info on Dublin, host city for IATA AGM 2016.

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RDS main entrance – by Culnacreann, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Richard Quest – by AIB (Association for International Broadcasting) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


AIX 2016 – Meet Arconics

AIX-2016-Hamburg-ArconicsMeet Arconics at AIX EXPO 2016, Hamburg, Germany.

We’re looking forward to meeting airline industry customers and partners, and making new friends and business relationships, in Hamburg this April. AIX EXPO is the world’s leading aircraft interiors event. We plan to make some exciting announcements and will be demonstrating our innovative technology in Wireless IFE, EFB and airline document management. Will you be at AIX 2016? Let’s meet! Arconics will be at Stand 4E10 in Hall B4. Just click here and let us know when you’d like to get together.


AIX 2016 Show Dates

Tue 5th April: 09:00 – 17:00

Wed 6th April: 09:00 – 17:00

Thu 7th April: 09:00 – 17:00

Hamburg Messe, Germany