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AIX 2024 showcasing connectivity and eco-friendly solutions

Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) at Hamburg Messe, Germany, 28th-30th May 2024, is bringing together airlines and cabin interiors professionals across the global supply chain to shape future cabin concepts, highlighting connectivity and eco-friendly solutions.

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The 2024 edition will welcome thousands of visitors and senior airline buyers, all looking to source products and solutions for the cabin of the future. Featuring most of the world’s biggest names in the aircraft interiors industry, the show promises to offer networking as well as learning opportunities through dedicated speaker programmes.
 
At this year’s event, increased adoption of eco-friendly materials, exploring lighter weight alternatives and implementing innovative design strategies to minimise the environmental impact of air travel, will all be on display. Improving the passenger experience for both leisure and business travellers remains a top priority for all elements of the supply chain. With the latest advancements in inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) playing a key role in aviation interiors, AIX will showcase exhibitors pushing the boundaries of Wi-Fi and entertainment systems.
 
The global aircraft cabin interiors market is experiencing a surge, with a projected CAGR of 6.81% from 2024 to 2032 (WhaTech). This growth correlates to a renewed demand for international travel, with recovery rates notably highest in the Asia-Pacific region (Pacific Asia Travel Association). Against this backdrop, AIX will offer attendees opportunities to explore the latest innovations and network with exhibitors, bringing together over 400 exhibitors totalling a combined range of more than 1,000 products for the aircraft cabin interiors market, with brand-new solutions and partnerships set to be announced across the three days. Attendees will be able to meet and engage with industry leaders and rising stars, including over 20 new exhibitors to the show.

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The event will recognise the importance of inclusivity and accessible travel, whilst the ever-evolving In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity (IFEC) market, projected to reach US$6.1 billion by 2026 with a 5.2% growth rate (MarketsandMarkets), will again take the spotlight at AIX 2024. The dedicated IFEC Zone will enable visitors to easily find the latest advancements, designed to elevate the passenger experience. This year, the zone reflects the industry's growing focus on LEO satellite solutions, offering airlines and passengers the potential for higher bandwidth, lower latency and a seamless in-flight experience.

CabinSpace Live, the show’s dedicated speaker theatre, will offer visitors opportunities to hear and learn from the industry’s most experienced leaders and experts.

The first day’s programme, curated by media partner HMG Aerospace, will explore key industry topics through several sessions including Cabin environment: achieving the ultimate ambiance and wellbeing for passengers, In-flight entertainment: a captive audience and Cabin refurbishment: investing to impress.

Day two, co-curated by aviation analytics specialist, Cirium and media partner Real Response Media, will host panels and presentations touching on current trends in cabin interiors, including sessions: ‘An MRO perspective on elevating aircraft cabin interiors’ and ‘The use and impact of predictive maintenance on aircraft cabin refurbishment’.
 
Passenger Experience Conference
The Passenger Experience Conference, taking place one day ahead of AIX on 27th May 2024 at the Hamburg Messe, will bring together experts and visionaries from airlines, airframers, OEMs, the global supply chain and design organisations to discuss the overarching theme, ‘Innovating tomorrow’s travel experiences’.

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Experts from Air Canada, Airbus, Orson Associates, Gen Phoenix, Doy Design, Flying Disabled, Omnevo, Delta Air Lines, Boeing, Icelandair and more will be collaborating to solve the frustrations and respond to the needs of the new cohorts of travellers who will be flying into the next decade. Attending delegates can join thought-provoking discussions and panels, uncover emerging and exclusive insights regarding future direction for passenger experiences, and help evolve the vision for the cabin of the future.

The 2024 edition of the conference will feature three streams, ‘Future Now’ will discuss the changes to the passenger experience already in progress. ‘Future Connected’ sessions will dive into how aviation can navigate the ever-competitive travel landscape, how data and technology can ease the way and create opportunity, as well as how innovations across different travel systems can inspire fresh ideas. Finally, ‘Future Efficient’ will examine how airlines and supply chain partners can boost profits, streamline processes and reduce costly wastage while delivering desirable value and quality of experience to passengers.
 
Among those confirmed to speak, Christopher Wood, Flying Disabled and Roberto Castiglioni, Reduced Mobility Rights, will join a representative from Boeing to discuss initiatives improving the inflight experience for travellers with disabilities. Meanwhile, Michael Raasch, Chief Executive Officer, Omnevo, Kolbrun Ýr Jónsdóttir, Product Manager Inflight Service & Experience, Products & Service Management, Icelandair and Kevin Clark, CEO Bluebox Aviation, will be joining a conversation on the potential of artificial intelligence to revolutionise inflight experiences.
 
With the broad range of sessions covering future-forward industry topics, delegates will leave the conference with a clearer vision of the next decade of travel. The Welcome Party, following the conference from 18:00, will also offer networking opportunities.

Making connections in advance
All show attendees can streamline their experience and maximise investment into the show with AIX Connect, the show’s online planning tool. The platform offers personalised matchmaking recommendations and search tools to schedule meetings ahead of the event. In 2023, AIX Connect facilitated over 3,400 meetings across the three days.
 
Polly Magraw, Event Director, Aircraft Interiors Expo, said: “We look forward to welcoming the industry in Hamburg in May to highlight exceptional passenger experiences, upcoming interior insights, supply chain partnerships, and cabin expertise. AIX remains the only show where the biggest airlines and members of the supply chain come together to discuss cabin interiors, and with 2024 expected to be a year of growth for businesses, we are delighted to play a supporting role in that.”
 
Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) returns to the Hamburg Messe from 28th-30th May 2024. It will follow Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) on 27th May and is co-located with World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE). Together, the events provide passenger experience professionals with an opportunity to identify new products and solutions throughout the cabin. An AIX badge allows free access to WTCE across the three show days.

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