Aircraft Interiors Expo returns as aviation industry recovery gains momentum

Aircraft Interiors Expo returns as aviation industry recovery gains momentum

After a long-anticipated wait, Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), the destination for the cabin interiors industry, will return to Hamburg, Germany from 14-16 June 2022 for its first physical event in three years. With growing momentum in the recovery of air travel, the event returns at a critical time to reunite the industry, creating a sought-after opportunity to connect face-to-face and source the latest cabin innovations in person.


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Aviation industry showing signs of recovery

Data published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) paints an optimistic outlook for the airline industry, with hopes that it has now left the turbulence of the COVID-19 pandemic behind it. The data, revealed an 11% increase in international tickets in recent weeks – the fastest increase for any two-week period since the crisis began. This follows an Oliver Wyman report which revealed that the global fleet is anticipated to grow to 38,100 by 2032 – a compound growth rate of 4.1% over the decade.

Several people look at an aircraft seating arrangement.
AIX offers unparalleled access to aircraft interior products.

Resuming its pivotal role in helping the world’s airlines source the latest cabin innovations, technologies, inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions, AIX will welcome more than 400 aviation suppliers this June. Filling 11 halls of the Hamburg Messe, the event returns at a comparable size to the last physical event in 2019, demonstrating a commitment from an industry excited for the opportunity to network and demonstrate their latest products. Among those confirmed to exhibit, major OEMs, Boeing and Airbus, as well as industry stalwarts such as Safran, Stelia Aerospace, Diehl Aviation, Jamco Corporation, Collins Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik, STG Aerospace, Sabeti Wain Aerospace, Tapis Corporation and Recaro will come together to highlight the emerging innovation and collaboration that is fuelling the aviation industry’s recovery.

In addition, the event’s popular In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) Zone returns to offer attendees a chance to gain insights into the most up-to-date technology solutions covering everything from servers to OTT systems, and 5G to VR from the likes of Astronics, Thales and Panasonic Avionics Corporation.

A person talks to two other people at Aircraft Interiors Expo
Exhibitors showcase their interior products to a global audience at AIX.

Building connections in person

Helping attendees make up for lost time and build a schedule of invaluable meetings ahead of the show, the organisers have announced it will introduce its efficient show planning tool, AIX Connect to Hamburg for the first time. With more than 400 exhibitors showcasing over 1,000 products, the programme will facilitate targeted business connections based on specific product requirements. It is designed to help key airline buyers meet exhibitors during the show to build connections and discuss new projects.

A presenter speaks at CabinSpace LIVE Seminar Theatre
The CabinSpace LIVE Seminar Theatre has a variety of experts speaking.

Also returning to AIX, the popular, free-to-attend CabinSpace LIVE Seminar Theatre will welcome cabin interior leaders to inspire and debate current market trends and challenges. The carefully curated programme will include an industry market outlook from Cirium, Business Aviation panels and insights from innovative start-ups. Attendees can also join the team from Airbus Scale – an innovative unit that brings together corporate innovation, start-up engagement and company building activities to pioneer sustainable aerospace and develop Airbus’ future programs and businesses.  A full programme of topics and speakers will be announced in the coming months.

Providing another reason to celebrate the return of AIX, the CabinSpace LIVE Seminar Theatre will also play host to the winners of the Crystal Cabin Awards – the only international awards for excellence in aircraft interior innovation. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the awards recognise and honour the very best innovations for the aircraft cabin, spanning eight categories. This includes Cabin Concepts, Cabin Systems, Health & Safety, IFEC & Digital Services, Material & Components, Passenger Comfort, University and for the first time, its new Sustainable Cabin category.

Several people celebrate winning an award.
Crystal Cabin Awards winners in 2019.

Gain a 360° view of the aviation industry

With the world undergoing significant social change, and the aviation sector embracing new business models and revenue streams, attendees can immerse themselves in new ideas and concepts at the Passenger Experience Conference, which returns on Monday, 13 June 2022. Welcoming renowned and acclaimed global aviation leaders, attendees can learn more about how the industry will be building back differently through a wide range of topics from the growing importance of intermodal travel, rapid digitalisation, and sustainability.

Attendees at AIX will also benefit from its co-location with World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) – which will celebrate its 10th anniversary at this year’s event. Drawing a wider audience to the show, the co-location with WTCE and the Passenger Experience Conference offers attendees a 360° view of the industry, providing a comprehensive platform to identify products and services from all corners of the industry.

Polly Magraw, Event Director, commented: “After three years since the last in-person event, we’re excited to bring the entire industry together once again in June. AIX continues to offer attendees the widest range of innovative products, ideas and solutions in one definitive marketplace. We’re counting down the days until we can once again facilitate the much-needed networking and sourcing opportunities needed to accelerate the recovery of the cabin interior and passenger experience industry.”

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The key trends airlines will follow in 2021

The key trends airlines will follow in 2021

Not so long ago the main preoccupation of passenger experience thinkers at airlines was how to get travellers in seats and to keep everyone happy.

That was the old reality, but if any message has emerged from recent trend-spotting reports from organisations such as Euromonitor, Springwise and Trendwatching, consumer awareness and expectations have significantly shifted. Let’s have a closer look at those new expectations.

The brand will be key for airlines

Specifically, customers are predicted to be much more brand conscious regarding those organisations that make positive contributions to the sustainability of our planet and our societies. The need for clean, driven by the pandemic, is here to stay. And the adoption of digital technologies that bridge the physical distance between us will continue to accelerate.

Trends that were just over the horizon not so long ago, are now established fact. Digging into the detail reveals both the need to change quickly and areas of opportunity for the coming year.

An Alaska Airlines aircraft flies over the Golden Gate suspension bridge in San Francisco
Alaska Airlines has announced its commitment to using sustainable fuel. (Alaska Airlines)

The recovery is seen as the chance for a green reset. This is underscored by Euromonitor International’s Top 10 Global Consumer Trends 2021, which advocates a shift from a volume- to a value-driven economy.  “Brands that rebuild a greener and more equitable world could gain not only a competitive advantage but also the necessary social licence, or trust of society, to operate,” it predicts.

Furthermore, this shift is echoed in 5 Forces of Disruption, the 2021 forecast from Re_Set Advisory and Springwise, which highlights that seven in ten consumers intend to make permanent behavioural changes to improve their response to the climate emergency. Quick fixes will not cut it, instead, they must look to make meaningful changes, such as de-carbonisation and elimination of plastics throughout the supply chain. “Sustainability must permeate every aspect of doing business,” state the innovation specialists.

A continued focus on sustainability for airlines

The business opportunities identified in Trendwatching’s 21 Trends for 2021 include transcycling, where brands make use of their waste to enter new markets. Another is carbon labelling, whereby revealing the true (hidden) cost of products will win customer trust and competitive advantage. It cites a pop-up shop launched by Swedish food brand Felix, where items are priced according to their carbon footprint, saying this approach is spreading to restaurants and fashion brands as well.

We all know that ultimately travellers will expect their consumer experiences on the ground to be reflected in the air, so how should the interiors community respond? For some time now SEKISUI KYDEX’s focus has been to ensure that the lifecycle of its products is sustainable and materials are 100% recyclable. As part of the full lifecycle approach, it partners with the Aircraft Interior Recycling Association (AIRA) to implement recycling streams for materials that reach the end of their use.

A British Airways plane flying with forest and farm land below it.
British Airways is aiming to be net zero by 2050. (British Airways)

Talking with Design Director Karyn McAlphin, circular solutions will be the way forward. She goes on to say: “Socially conscious brands will pursue lighter weight alternatives, redesign structures we’ve relied upon for years, and determine how to take things apart at their end of life to upcycle for different purposes. Ultimately, brands viewed as contributing to a cleaner, healthier, more equitable world will gain a competitive advantage.”

Safe to fly initiatives needed across the industry

Reassuring passengers that it is safe to fly by implementing rigorous cleaning regimes, plus investigating antimicrobial surfaces and materials have been key to the interiors sector’s pandemic strategy. What Euromonitor calls safety obsessed (but might be more easily understood as hygiene obsessed) is not just desirable, but as good as mandatory, with customers expecting efficiency and cleanliness.

A worker wipes the seat back screen onboard an airplane seat
Delta has been one of many airlines to show off their increased cleaning protocols. (Delta)

Definitions of wellness will expand to include mental wellbeing, with Trendwatching spotlighting products and services that seamlessly boost mental and emotional health as an innovation opportunity.  Think about it for a moment. Even before the pandemic, stress has been hardwired into the journey for many passengers. How then should onboard environments and services be developed to alleviate that stress and make travellers better informed and so feel more in control?

A touchless future onboard aircraft

Another aspect of the past year’s need for clean has been going touchless. In our everyday lives, card and mobile payments have dominated the shopping experience when we are able to go outside. While air travel initiatives have ranged from Emirates and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) trialling a digital COVID-19 pass to Jamco and ANA teaming up on a hands-free lavatory door.

Jamco and ANA are developing hands-free door handles as part of ‘Project Blue Sky’. (Jamco)

Going touchless complements, the third force for disruption – high-speed adoption of digital technologies. Re_Set and Springwise observe that a comprehensive digital strategy is now essential. In response to the pandemic, businesses have been experimenting with everything from virtual showrooms to social shopping that blends e-tailing with social media. They predict that other content-first strategies are likely to emerge such as using digitisation to drive greater personalisation.

The realms of the physical and virtual are no longer distinct separate entities. Consumers now rely on digital tools for daily activities, with Euromonitor noting that consumers, especially younger people, are indifferent as to whether these activities are physical or virtual; they no longer distinguish between the two.

2021 will still be challenging for airlines

2020 has changed the culture around flying. B2B or B2C, customers and passengers are questioning everything we did before. How the passenger experience community rises to these challenges in 2021 will have a far-reaching impact in the years to come. What is clear is that shape of the industry in 2021 is already looking very different from the way we imagined just a year ago.

Finalists selected for Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

Finalists selected for Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

Hamburg, 5 May 2022: It’s back to the future! The Crystal Cabin Awards returns in-person as the world’s premier event honouring excellence in aircraft cabin design. A jury of 27 aviation industry experts has selected 24 entries for the final round, with the winners to be announced at a special gala dinner on 14 June 2022 at the leading global aviation trade fair, Aircraft Interiors Expo. Eight categories offer a thrilling view on the future of aviation, including new cabin concepts, innovative sustainable technologies, next-generation passenger comfort and pioneering safety features.

Recognising Innovation, Anticipating the Future: Airlines, manufacturers, suppliers and universities among 24 finalists in eight categories

Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

Eight Categories, Eight Arenas for Innovation

  • Cabin Concepts

Every year, the upcoming Crystal Cabin Awards are the focus of intense media activity, including reporting outside the industry press. In the Cabin Concepts category, entries must show innovation in designing interior spaces showing novel approaches that use the given space in intriguing ways. In a cooperation with Finnair, PriestmanGoode and Tangerine, Collins Aerospace submitted one of the year’s most widely discussed entries, AirLounge™. This new business class seat developed for Finnair features seating with a contoured shell design providing passengers more living space and freedom to relax in a variety of sitting or sleeping positions with added privacy. Another entry that provoked wider media interest outside aviation was Teague and NORDAM’s Elevate concept for premium accommodation. Floating furniture is attached to wall braces and combines with inviting materials and contouring to build an organic, homelike space concept that nevertheless allows the same number of seats to be fitted as traditional designs. i4A’s Smart Space 4 Passengers, on the other hand, focusses on maximising comfort options for the economy class. A hinge mechanism built into the seatback allows the seat in front of a passenger to be opened up to the side, allowing access to the seat for use as a leg rest or stowage area. This allows carriers an additional seat charge option should space be available in front of an occupied seat while offering passengers new ways of adding more comfort to their experience.

Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

  • Cabin Systems         

The inspiringly varied entries in the Cabin Systems category in 2022 show how innovation in the cabin can improve air travel in myriad ways: how it can better address important human needs, improve the integration of media displays and even reduce the environmental impact of the whole aircraft. The possibility of sudden in-flight cabin decompression means that aircraft must carry large reserves of fuel to comply with ETOPS standards. Caeli Nova says its new Cordillera emergency oxygen system could save the aviation industry $500m and 1.2m tonnes of CO₂ annually by opening direct routes over high terrain and increasing the duration that aircraft can fly at high altitudes after a cabin decompression from 22 minutes to over 180 minutes, without any weight or maintenance penalty. Designed by Airbus Operations GmbH in cooperation with RECARO Aircraft Seating, Flex OLED Kit is a low-weight, wafer-thin HD display that can be placed anywhere in the cabin, including in seatbacks and ceilings for video playback, ambient lighting or to direct passengers through the aircraft. Seeking to end limitations on flying often experienced by passengers travelling in a powered wheelchair, a consortium comprising Flying Disabled, PriestmanGoode, SWS Certification and Sunrise Medical has designed Air 4 All. The system allows travellers with reduced mobility to slot their wheelchair into a seating space by folding the seat up into the backrest, offering wheelchair users a safe and easy way to travel without being forced to move into a standard cabin seat.

Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

  • Health and Safety

Safety has always been the prime directive in commercial aircraft design. Safran Cabin’s Fire Resistant Cargo Container adds an additional layer of protection against fire involving lithium batteries. Thanks to its high-temperature resistant panels and unique door materials, Safran’s new device can withstand fire for up to 6 hours, the maximum range an aircraft is permitted to fly from the nearest airport during flight. Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown the vulnerability of aircraft cabins to air-communicable pathogens. Developed in a cooperation between Pexco Aerospace and Teague, AirShield uses airflow from existing overhead air-vents to create protective air barriers between passengers. Exhaled air is redirected downwards and out of the cabin to the aircraft’s filtration units. Hypergamut Light™ by Collins Aerospace is a new cabin lighting system attuned to human biology that helps passengers feel more comfortable during and after their flight. Compatible with human circadian rhythms, the system’s architecture attenuates blue light in a unique way that helps passengers relax even with the lights on and fall asleep faster on long haul flights. Blue light is added back in prior to arrival to help passengers arrive alert, all without affecting the quality or appearance of the light and reducing feelings of jetlag. The system automatically adapts lighting to adjust to the aircraft’s flightpath, time of day, and global positioning.

Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

  • Passenger Comfort 

Premium economy seating is one of the industry’s most hotly contested arenas. ZIM Aircraft Seating’s ZIMprivacy seat manages to increase passenger comfort while also prioritising privacy giving more living space and a heightened sense of personal enclosure. The fixed seat back houses a special recline system offering several different body positions. Its fully mechanical assembly is easier to maintain than comparable electrically powered systems. The accelerating trend to a more personal travel experience is mirrored in Personalized Sound Zone by Jamco Corporation and NTT sonority Inc. Using loudspeakers built into the headrest, PSZ creates a spherical audio area around the passenger’s head where playback is heard by the passenger but is inaudible to others in the cabin. The system achieves this without the need for headphones and audio cables by using wave cancellation to ‘build’ a sound stage around the passenger. Collins Aerospace’s SpaceChiller™ offers personal refrigeration for individual passengers or larger parts of the aircraft cabins in a way that was previously not possible using traditional air-cooling technologies. The system provides the luxury of cooled snacks for passengers in a compact device that requires half the power of traditional designs.

Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

  • IFEC & Digital Services       

Digital connectivity is fast becoming a prime concern for passengers who have become used to fast internet access wherever they travel. Anuvu and Southwest Airlines have designed a new system called Dedicated Space, promising a five-fold increase in available personal bandwidth and a dramatic reduction in latency. Along with faster downloads and uploads, passengers are promised more stable inflight connectivity with the new system. Traditionally, IFE is an area where passengers have come to expect less from in-flight systems than from entertainment equipment in their home. Thales Avionics and Harman have cooperated to bring end-to-end 4K video quality to aircraft. Optiq is the first QLED IFE display, providing better resolution, colour fidelity and dynamics range, while offering better maintainability for operators. In another product designed to bring an on-ground media experience into the cabin, ACJ Smart Lifi Monitor puts the customer’s device centre stage by combining a powerful OLED display with mobile processing power. Developed by Airbus Corporate Jets and Latécoère Interconnection Systems, the system pairs with customers’ personal digital devices which can then be used as a remote control. The Smart Lifi Monitor also offers VOD, live television, moving maps, video conferencing and more, making a wider spectrum of digital services and functions available to aircraft passengers.

Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

Material & Components       

The tactile and visual quality of materials and components play a crucial role in passengers’ subjective cabin experience. Thales Avionics has engineered Pulse, a slim, low-weight power supply unit with dynamic power allocation that lets passengers recharge their device on-wing via USB-A, USB-C or wireless charging. Low power anxiety is one of two major concerns addressed by Smart Lock Door, Diehl Aviation’s security device for crew handhelds that allows crew to use digital devices behind a screen mounted in a lockable door to keep tablets safe from theft. Lufthansa Technik’s CabinSHINE maintenance process is designed to make repairing fixtures and furniture up to eight times cheaper and nine times faster than using conventional methods. Offering repair options for a range of cabin surface materials and imitation surfaces, the process helps avoid replacing superficially damaged aircraft furniture by quickly repairing surface blemishes during short overhaul stops.

Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

  • Sustainable Cabin    

Sustainability is the central issue of almost any public discussion about aviation in 2022. So it’s no surprise that the Sustainable Cabin category has become a hotbed of activity, with creative submissions that seek to reduce aviation’s ecological footprint. Recycling cabin plastics, for example, is an attractive but difficult way to lower ecological footprint. In cooperation with AkzoNobel, Rescoll and Roctool, Swedish manufacturer Diab has pioneered a thermoplastics manufacturing process to produce 100% recyclable panels for cabin interiors. The process is faster than methods using adhesive films, with the thermoplastic sheets welded directly to the foam core which, incidentally, offers improved improved acoustic insulation for the finished material. A cooperation between Lantal Textiles and Olivenleder® have come up with Sustainable Genuine Leather, which uses a tanning process based on vegetable oils instead of chrome- and gasoline-based chemicals, with no compromises on haptic quality. But materials hidden from passenger view can also have a sizable impact on sustainability, as proved by Lufthansa Technik AG’s AeroFLAX prepreg. Using natural fibres and a bio-based resin system instead of glass fibre, AeroFLAX saves CO₂ not only as a by-product of weight reduction but also during the manufacturing process itself.

Crystal Cabin Awards 2022

  •  University

The University category is a playing field for imaginative concepts with a clean-sheet approach to a range of issues and situations. Carlos Gatti, student at Wichita State University, has come up with a novel way of accommodating wheelchair passengers. The Fly Your Wheels Suite replaces the front left closet on aircraft like the Boeing 737-800 with a multi-purpose module that can function as a safe parking berth for a wheelchair user during a flight. Rather than taking away existing seating, the idea would let airlines add one paying passenger – the wheelchair user. Jiayi Yu from the University of Reutlingen designed the Shift Cabin Interior, a study that allows operators to configure seats in multiple positions for work or relaxation, both along the axis of the seat as well as to the side. Aside from the advantage of flexibility, the concept lets airlines fit more seats into the same business class space. Ken Kirtland of the Georgia Institute of Technology has high aims with Portal: to create an electric short-haul airline based around an innovative aircraft that emphasises a calmer flight experience at slower speeds and fantastic views.

The Innovations of the Year: Presented in Hamburg on 14 June 2022

The Crystal Cabin Award, an initiative of Hamburg Aviation, is presented in eight categories: “Cabin Concepts”, “Cabin Systems”, “Health and Safety”, “Passenger Comfort”, “IFEC & Digital Devices”, “Material & Components”, “Sustainable Cabin” and “University”.

To win one of the coveted snow-white trophies, the 24 finalists present their ideas in person to the 27 members of the international expert jury. The winners will be announced at a prestigious Gala Dinner during Aircraft Interiors Expo (14-16 June 2022 in Hamburg). The winners will present the winning concepts on 15 June at Hamburg Messe in the Cabin Space LIVE Auditorium. The Crystal Cabin Award Gallery, with an overview of all the finalists, will be displayed at the Hamburg Pavilion, jointly presented by Hamburg Aviation and Hanse Aerospace in Hall B6, Stand 6B90.

Acclaimed industry award – acclaimed industry support

The Crystal Cabin Award is supported by:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Etihad Aviation Group, Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Category Sponsor: Sustainable Cabin)
  • Gold Sponsors: AERQ, Airbus, AVIC Cabin Systems, The Boeing Company, Collins Aerospace, Diehl Aviation, Thales Avionics
  • Silver Sponsors: Ameco Beijing, ATR, Jetliner Cabins, Boltaron Inc. – A Simona Company to Simona Boltaron, TSI Seats
  • Online Sponsors: Sekisui Kydex
  • Crystal Cabin Award Show Partner: Aircraft Interiors Expo
  • Media Partners: Aircraft Interiors International, APEX, Flight Chic, Flightglobal, Future Travel Experience, Inflight Magazine, Runway Girl Network

Join the sponsors and supporters of the Crystal Cabin Award! Information about sponsoring opportunities and packages is available from Lukas Kaestner: lukas.kaestner@hamburg-aviation.com.

About the Crystal Cabin Award

The Crystal Cabin Award is THE international prize for innovation in the aircraft cabin. A high-calibre jury made up of renowned academics, engineers, specialist journalists and airline and aircraft manufacturer representatives comes together under the slogan “Let your ideas take off” to honour extraordinary cabin concepts and products. The competition was launched by Hamburg Aviation and is organised by the Crystal Cabin Award Association. This unique honour has been presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg every year since 2007. The trophies have become a seal of quality, known and coveted around the world.


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Brand and design expert Paul Wylde at Passenger Experience Conference

Brand and design expert Paul Wylde at Passenger Experience Conference

Wylde will deliver the opening keynote speech on Renewal and Revolution at the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) taking place Monday, 13 June 2022

Aviation brand and design expert

Paul Wylde keynote speaker PEC

Paul Wylde has been announced as the opening keynote speaker at the first in-person Passenger Experience Conference to take place in three years. He will explore some of the opportunities these unique times present to travel and service brands. Wylde is the California-based founder, CEO and Creative Director of paulwylde – an award-winning brand, innovation and design consultancy that specialises in creating beautiful and emotive brands.

The one-day conference will be held at the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) on Monday 13 June. It returns ahead of Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and the co-located World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo, which both return to the Hamburg Messe from 14-16 June 2022.

Paul Wylde: PEC opening keynote speaker 

Wylde’s address will feature in the opening plenary session, Renewal and Revolution, which will focus on the vital role that the passenger experience community will have to play in helping to rebuild the aviation industry to be robust to ongoing challenges, wherever the opportunity presents itself. It will launch a day of discussion that aims to envision the arc of sustainable, worthwhile business that will be lucrative for aviation and desirable for travellers and wider society.

Wylde’s years of experience make him the ideal speaker to open the conference in this, its first in-person event since before the pandemic. He has enjoyed a broad and varied career with projects spanning brand strategy, experience design, brand identity design, communications, service style and food & beverage design. In the past, he has worked in leading design roles for British Airways, BMW, The Boeing Company, Interbrand and Frog Design.

Polly Magraw, Event Director, commented:

“We are thrilled to welcome Paul Wylde as our keynote speaker, and look forward to hearing the insights that he will share with us. His vast experience makes him a superb addition to our speaker line up and we look forward to welcoming him to Hamburg.

“We know that the pandemic has fundamentally shifted how the aviation sector does business, with an increased focus on building anew for the future and not simply repairing the past. Experienced and dedicated professionals like Paul are critical in helping the industry respond to the different passenger types while creating flying experiences that meet their needs and address their values, as it is they who will be in the vanguard of the industry’s recovery.”

See the Passenger Experience Conference Programme 

Passenger Experience Conference will return to the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) on Monday 13 June, ahead of Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and the co-located World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo, which both return to the Hamburg Messe from 14-16 June 2022.


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Passenger Experience Conference returns

Passenger Experience Conference returns

Industry leaders reunite to build on recovery – Monday, 13 June 2022

 

 

Organisers of the renowned Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE), have announced details of the in-person return of the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) taking place Monday, 13 June 2022.

After a long absence, the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC), the focal point for aviation professionals looking to be challenged and inspired will return to Hamburg, Germany, on Monday, 13 June 2022. Hosted at the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), attendees will be able to explore the ways the passenger experience community is helping to rebuild the industry to be robust to ongoing challenges, wherever the opportunity presents itself.

Leading experts representing aviation bellwethers including Air France, TAP Portugal, Virgin Atlantic, Finnair, Collins Aerospace, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Safran Cabin and Inmarsat are confirmed to speak, with interactive Q&As set to follow each session, allowing attendees to gain valuable insights into the current trends and challenges facing the industry.

Renewal and Revolution: what does the future hold for passenger experience?

Launching the conference, a plenary session will focus on the trends and ideas that will drive forward the passenger experience community in its quest for renewal. It will look to inspire and challenge attendees to envision the arc of sustainable, worthwhile business that will be lucrative for aviation and desirable for passengers and wider society.

Here, attendees will be given the opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders representing TAP Portugal and Virgin Atlantic as they demonstrate how airlines are responding to the needs of those passengers who will be in the vanguard of travel recovery and building sustainable businesses.

Following a short networking break, where attendees can discuss the hot topics of the day and reconnect with their industry peers, the Passenger Experience Conference will split into two streams which will run in parallel throughout the afternoon: Rebellious Reconstruction and Integrity in Action.

Passenger Experience Conference
Renowned Speakers to Discuss Industry Themes

Rebellious Reconstruction

In many areas of their post-pandemic lives, people have reviewed and often altered their behaviours and values. These sessions will explore how the passenger experience community should best respond to these paradigm shifts, from radical ideas to redefine the cabin to taking action on climate change. Industry experts including representatives from Collins Aerospace, LIFT Aero Design, TEAGUE, Diehl Aviation, Unum Aircraft Seating, Cirium, PriestmanGoode and Orson Associates will consider how to meet the needs and address the values of the different cohorts of passengers who will be in the vanguard of travel recovery.

Integrity in action

In the parallel conference stream, representatives from Tangerine, Safran Cabin, Estée Lauder, Viasat, Anuvu, Omnevo, Inmarsat and Reaktor Aero will examine the power of experience and how to elevate that experience for consumers who want to place human values more evidently first. People are seeking greater integrity and trustworthiness all the while expecting smooth digital processes to manage their lives in ways that suit their needs or mood. Discussions will examine how airlines and their partners can align with these values to create cabin environments and services that will provide the experiences passengers most desire.

 

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Airline Leaders deliver candid insights

Closing the conference, Fabien Pelous, Senior Vice President Customer Experience, Air France will welcome back attendees for the final session of the day as he offers candid insights into how the airline is dealing with the latest trends and passenger expectations. He will be joined by a panel of industry experts for a roundtable discussion in what is anticipated to be an unmissable opportunity for attendees to reflect on the learnings of the day.

Passenger Experience Conference
Roundtable discussion

After a day of insightful sessions at the conference, delegates are invited to the Passenger Experience Conference Industry Networking Party – the must-attend networking event of the week. Free to attend for conference delegates, it is the perfect opportunity for that all-important chance to reconnect, while enjoying live music and international cuisine. For those looking to attend AIX or WTCE but unable to attend the conference, tickets for the Industry Networking party can be purchased during registration.

Polly Magraw, Event Director, commented: “Complementing the innovation anticipated at this year’s AIX and WTCE, we are delighted to announce the line-up for this June’s Passenger Experience Conference. The pandemic has fundamentally shifted how the aviation sector does business, with an increased focus on building anew for the future and not simply repairing the past. This year’s speaker line-up will help us answer how we should be responding to the different cohorts of passengers who will be in the vanguard of travel recovery while creating flying experiences that meet their needs and addresses their values.”

Passenger Experience Conference will return after a two-year hiatus, hosted at the newly renovated Congress Center Hamburg on Monday 13 June, ahead of Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and the co-located World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo, which both return to the Hamburg Messe from 14-16 June 2022.


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The connected aircraft starts with fewer wires! How Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) is revolutionizing aircraft IFE systems

The connected aircraft starts with fewer wires! How Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) is revolutionizing aircraft IFE systems

Bandwidth-hungry electronics are increasing on aircraft as passengers and crews expect more from in-flight entertainment, cabin lighting, security and freight monitors, and other features.

A significant amount of wiring and connectors is required to enable these capabilities, and designers need to implement smarter connectivity solutions without adding weight.

Modeled on the success in the automotive industry, the ARINC 854 Cabin Equipment Network Bus standard brings Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) to aircraft!

This webinar explores how the adoption of Ethernet technology is evolving to support the SWaP and performance needs of modern aircraft cabin networks.

ARINC 854 Single Pair Ethernet technology

  • Saves up to 70% system-level weight,
  • Cutting space and complexity by 30% compared to current eight-conductor solutions.
  • Allows for 50% faster termination time compared to existing installations.

The Webinar’s speaker panel – experts from TE Connectivity – will discuss:

  • The origin of single pair ethernet and how it transitions from autos to aircraft
  • Technical advantages of single-pair ethernet
  • SWaP, performance, and implementation advantages of single-pair ethernet
  • Future provisions of ethernet technology in aircraft

Panellists:

  • Clint Schlosser, Product Manager, TE Connectivity
  • Robert Moore, Snr. Principal Engineer, TE Connectivity
  • Emilie Ebnet – Distribution Sales Manager, TE Connectivity

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Flying into the future: Crystal Cabin Awards 2022 shortlist shows accelerated innovation towards sustainability, digitalisation and flexibility

Flying into the future: Crystal Cabin Awards 2022 shortlist shows accelerated innovation towards sustainability, digitalisation and flexibility

Future aviation cabins to offer new levels of flexibility for passengers and airlines

// Sustainability a top trend in submissions // Crystal Cabin Awards returns as an in-person event in 2022

Hamburg, 17 March 2022: Future generations looking back at air travel in 2022 may feel as though they are looking back to a distant, long-gone era. New, zero-emission propulsion systems will be the norm. Yet the passenger experience of traveling by air will likely be radically different in the future, too. The annual Crystal Cabin Awards is a creative playfield where designers, engineers and visionaries come together to plan the future of the aircraft passenger experience. And in 2022, that mission is not just about quality. As the shortlist for the 2022 edition shows, manufacturers, academia and individuals around the world are continually innovating towards reducing the environmental impact of aviation, while offering new solutions to give airlines more flexibility in configuring the aircraft cabin for their customers. Returning as an in-person on 14 June, the Crystal Cabin Award 2022 will see an international expert jury gathering at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg to decide who will raise the aviation industry’s most coveted trophies this year.

Re-Configuring Cabin Spaces

Aviation industry innovators are constantly seeking out new ways to exploit the limited space available in aircraft cabins. This is made particularly tangible by concepts like Elevate, an entry by Teague and NORDAM, who have collaborated on a “floating furniture” strategy designed to bring wide-body comfort to the single-aisle business class. Collins Aerospace in cooperation with PriestmanGoode and Tangerine joined forces to produce Finnair’s new business class offering, AirLounge™. This disruptive design does away with some traditions – like seat recline – while embracing others to offer an organic, cocoon-like feel.

A person seating in a luxury seat in an airplane
Collins AirLounge

This year’s shortlist also sees multiple entries taking a clean-sheet approach to cabin accommodation. Many focus on foldable, reconfigurable elements that allow airlines and passengers alike to reconfigure their expectations of how aircraft cabins use the available space. An example is an entry by student Jiayi Yu from the University of Reutlingen. The Shift Cabin Interior study allows seats to be configured in multiple positions for work or relaxation, both along the axis of the seat as well as to the side. Yet it also offers airlines an enticing prospect: to fit more seats into the same business class space as existing, fixed seating.

MMILLENNIUMM describes its experimental seating concept AirSleeper as an aircraft seat architecture that leverages the available space and passenger ticket price in new ways. Each passenger is provided with a seat that can be folded into a flat bed, accompanied by multiple surfaces both at seat level and above passengers’ heads. Echoing traditional train compartment seating concepts, NeXtGC by the German Aerospace Center gives the “group of 6” a surprising new twist. The designers created a modular concept that attaches two facing rows of three seats to the sidewall and the floor as well as to a rail system in the ceiling area, freeing up the space usually reserved for overhead bins. Stowage is also provided below the seats for faster passenger in- and egress, while the option to turn the seating into a sleeping area adds a flexible component.

Air Sleeper by MMILLENNIUMM

Safety First, Always

With the Covid 19 pandemic, the industry’s concern with airborne pathogens has become more relevant. Several manufacturers have been working on clever ideas to minimize the spread of Covid- 19 – or any other infectious disease for that matter – on aircraft. AirShield by Pexco Aerospace in Cooperation with Teague uses existing cabin infrastructure to lower dramatically the chance of catching an infection from one’s seat neighbour by directing a specially designed airflow between passenger spaces. Weigele Aerospace’s Vientum clean air system takes techniques proven in ground-based systems like school classrooms into the aircraft cabin to suppress the spread of pathogens like Sars-Cov2.

Air Shield by Pexco

Passenger safety has always been the prime directive in aviation. Safran Cabin has now provided passengers with even more peace of mind. Its new Fire Resistant Cargo Container can inhibit Category D fires for 6 hours, including those resulting from faulty lithium-ion batteries found in digital devices. In the event of a container fire, that gives the flight crew invaluable additional time to land safely. Some safety systems, meanwhile, improve on existing systems in ways that offer other benefits, like reducing an aircraft’s carbon footprint. Caeli Nova says that its Cordillera emergency oxygenation system could if implemented globally, save 1.2m tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually by allowing aircraft to fly at higher altitudes after a decompression event.

Innovators are finding new ways to promote recycling and reduce waste

As expected, a raft of entries for the 2022 Crystal Cabin Award focussed on bringing more sustainability to aircraft interiors. Entries by ELeather, Lantal Textiles or Metzo are designed to achieve this without compromising passenger experience. ELeather’s Essence solution recycles leather waste to produce its upholstery and save on raw materials, while Switzerland’s Lantal Textiles in cooperation with Tenerías Omega and Olivenleder® has introduced a wet-green® tanning process for its leather fabrics, using vegetable oils instead of chrome- and gasoline-based chemicals. Aircraft seat cushion maker Metzo in cooperation with The Vita Group has submitted a recycling system for old cushions to offer passengers an option with lower environmental impact.

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ELeather Essence

Waste and weight reduction will continue to be an arena where industry development is at its most intense. Airbus Operations has engineered a technology-driven solution designed to tackle the problem of passenger food waste. Its AI-based Airspace Food Scanner captures data about passengers’ food consumption, producing valuable data for airlines to adapt their catering services to better match customer demand. Made from sustainable materials, RECARO Aircraft Seating’s modular, lightweight plug-in seat table system promises aircraft weight reduction that, if adopted for 50 aircraft, could save 1,000 tons of CO₂ annually.

Food scanner machine
Airspace Food Scanner by Airbus

An accelerating trend: Aircraft cabins to become an increasingly digital space

In the information age, safety encompasses an increasingly wide cross-section of the air travel experience. Digital and physical security are two needs addressed by Gentex Corporation’s proposal for an iris biometric scanning system. Its engineers envisage an aircraft wide system, for example authenticating crew when entering the cockpit or implemented in a seatback device to personalise passengers’ media or shopping offerings.

Airlines’ in-cabin digital offerings are also becoming a hotbed of innovation. KrisShop on KrisWorld embodies a novel approach by Singapore Airlines, airfree and Thales that shows that the future of in-flight shopping will go far beyond paging through a well-thumbed catalogue. Touted as the world’s first inflight eShopping experience on a seatback IFE system, KrisShop on KrisWorld lets passengers browse a digital catalogue, buy in realtime using a credit card and determine the delivery point, either along their travel route or at home. AerQ’s engineers have submitted AERENA, a platform to help airlines quickly and cheaply adapt onboard apps to personalise their customers’ digital experience, while reducing development costs.

Noise cancelling in consumer electronics has seen avid uptake among frequent flyers in recent years. ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification’s MYZONE applies active noise cancellation (ANC) technology to the headrest and beyond. Compatible with any aviation seat, the designers say that the system can also use window panels and other cabin elements as a loudspeaker, attaining a sizeable 3 dB reduction in aircraft noise.

The Innovations of the Year – the whole world is watching on 14 June 2022

The Crystal Cabin Award, an initiative of cluster Hamburg Aviation, is presented in eight categories: “Cabin Concepts”, “Cabin Systems”, “Health & Safety”, “IFEC & Digital Services”, “Material & Components”, “Passenger Comfort”, “Sustainable Cabin”, and “University”.

For each category, the 28 expert members of the jury select three finalists, which will be announced at the beginning of May 2022. The finalists get to pitch their concepts to the jury in person at the world’s leading trade show for aircraft cabins, the Aircraft Interiors Expo (14th – 16th June 2022 in Hamburg). The winners of the 2022 Crystal Cabin Award will be announced at a gala dinner in Hamburg on the evening of 14 June. For the first time in its history, the prize-giving ceremony will take place at the Altonaer Kaispeicher.

Getting Ready for the Next Round of Disruptive Innovation

Getting Ready for the Next Round of Disruptive Innovation

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After more than a year of planning for accelerated adoption of new innovations and processes, there is more disruption to come. Airlines, engineering and passenger experience leaders continue to reimagine the travel journey. How will initiatives to bring electric and hybrid electric or hydrogen cell aircraft to service inform experiences in commercial cabins? How will new business jet and new air vehicle business models and services compete with or complement the commercial fleet and the extended journey? And how should airlines be reshaping their value proposition so that it’s a win-win for their businesses and their passengers?

Panellists:

  • Dr. Stathis Kefallonitis, Aviation Business & Passenger Intelligence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Ben Kaufman, Director, Marketing & Communications, JSX
  • George Land, Commercial Business Development Director, Hybrid Air Vehicles 
  • Craig M. Vogel, FIDSA, Professor of Design; President, the Live Well Collaborative

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The Sense & Non-sense of Sustainable Food Packaging Onboard

The Sense & Non-sense of Sustainable Food Packaging Onboard

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In recent times food packaging has come under immense scrutiny … Sustainability is the biggest feature…however where lies the answer? The objective of this panel session is to understand the contemporary challenges faced by the inflight catering industry, specifically when it comes to sustainable food packaging, waste of good food and waste stream problems.

Moderator:

  • David McConnell, R&D Director, Foodcase International BV

Panellists:

  • Íris Groeneweg, Manager Onboard Service and Procurement, Icelandair
  • Laura Heijmann, Buy on Board Manager, Transavia
  • Dr Eggo Ulphard Thoden van Velzen, Senior Researcher, WFBR -WUR

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Passenger-engagement-as-a-service – the new revenue driver?

Passenger-engagement-as-a-service – the new revenue driver?

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The entry point to convert passengers into customers has traditionally been in the lead-up to flying and when they are in the aircraft. Offering retailing services before and after the journey (and at any other time for that matter) is an opportunity waiting to be explored. What are the challenges for airlines with ambitions to become lifestyle and travel platforms? What are the key digital and business strategies that will support this transformation? And what can be learnt from recent digital travel initiatives?

Panellists:

  • Daniel Welch, Senior Analyst, Valour Consultancy
  • Kian Gould, Founder and Chairman, Omnevo
  • Manuel Hübschmann, Retail Director, Retail inMotion
  • Kevin Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Bluebox Aviation
  • Chris Pok, Chief Executive Officer, KrisShop, a Singapore Airlines Travel Retail Division

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Strategies for a digital revolution in the cabin

Strategies for a digital revolution in the cabin

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Consumers increasingly expect to micromanage their lives and their travel – at a granular level through their personal devices. Yet the inflight space has some way to go before it is fully connected to the mobile ecosystem. What strategies should airlines and their partners adopt to meet travellers’ expectations for a more connected – and touchless – inflight experience? Where are the opportunities to support greater customisation of the cabin and help crew to deliver great experiences to their passengers?

Moderator:

  • Seth Miller, Editor, Pax.Ex.Aero

Panellists:

  • Celine Canu, Head Passenger Process & Facilitation, International Air Transport Association
  • Chris Rogerson, Vice President of Global Sales, Inmarsat Aviation
  • Ron Verweij, Senior Manager, UX Design & Innovation Connectivity, Safran Cabin
  • Philippe Combe, Portfolio Manager Mobile ONAIR, SITA

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Reducing the Cabin’s Environmental Footprint

Reducing the Cabin’s Environmental Footprint

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Climate change is demanding disruptive thinking from the entire aviation industry and the cabin community has a vital role to play in effecting the necessary paradigm shift. Just how far can we push light-weighting and what materials and technologies will support these initiatives? How should we build end-of-life repurposing into product development processes – and make it easier to recycle? How should we assign value to sustainability and what impact will it have on the business models underpinning the market for interior products and spares? Furthermore, how should we engage with passengers on the industry’s sustainable journey?

Moderator:

  • Murdo Morrison, Head of Strategic Content, Flightglobal

Panellists:

  • Jan-Boris Philipp, Head of Research System, Diehl Aviation
  • Gary Doy, Managing Director, Doy Design
  • Brian Moran, Vice President, Global Sustainability Policy & Partnerships, Boeing
  • Erin McCleave, Executive Director, International & Aftermarket Strategy, Collins Aerospace

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Innovative Materials and Methodologies Underpinning Recovery

Innovative Materials and Methodologies Underpinning Recovery

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The coronavirus pandemic has fast-tracked new thinking on materials and manufacturing techniques as well as the adoption of technologies and methodologies that underpin innovation and co-creation. How can we harness these new components and processes to transform the cabin experience? How are these approaches changing the way the passenger experience community collaborates? What opportunities do they offer to reinvigorate the supply chain to meet the challenges of 2022 and beyond?

Moderator:

  • Martin Darbyshire, Chief Executive Officer, tangerine 

Panellists:

  • Samantha Bunyan, Head of Industry Engagement & Sustainability, Cecence
  • Roy Bjorlin, Vice President Business Development, e2ip technologies
  • Roland Gerhards, Chief Executive Officer, ZAL
  • Martina Starke, Director, Munich Studio, Designworks, A BMW Group Company

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How Airlines can Offer Their Passengers More Value with Digitization and Outstanding Customer Experience

How Airlines can Offer Their Passengers More Value with Digitization and  Outstanding Customer Experience

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This session will consist of a keynote by Ian Golding on Customer Experience followed by a panel discussion with players from the aviation industry on the importance and potential of customer experience on inflight connectivity.

Moderator:

  • Ian Golding, Global Customer Experience Specialist, Customer Experience Consultancy Ltd

Panellists:

  • Jan-Peter Gaense, Head of Passenger Experience Solutions, Lufthansa Systems
  • Mark Cheyney, Inflight Connectivity Development Manager, Virgin Atlantic
  • Thomas Laxar, Head of IFEC Content & Portal, Lufthansa Group
  • David Fox, Vice President Inflight and Connectivity Services, Deutsche Telekom AG

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D is for dignity: democratising air travel for passengers with disabilities

D is for dignity: democratising air travel for passengers with disabilities

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Air travel confront passengers with a visible disability with a whole range of challenges. There is a much larger cohort with invisible impairments who also feel a loss of dignity from onboard processes in particular and, as a result, are stressed even before they start their journey. Breaking down the barriers to make air dignified for all requires innovation and mindset changes. How then should the aviation community collaborate to take a harmonised and human-centric approach to accessibility? What mechanisms would foster greater innovation? And how can airlines, airports and regulators support adoption?

Moderator:

  • Christopher Wood, Aviation Accessibility Consultant, Flying Disabled

Panellists:

  • Sebastian Petry, Director of Innovation, Panasonic Avionics
  • Sara Marchant, Service Manager – Passengers Requiring Support, Heathrow Airport
  • Rene Adam, Head of Research and Technology,  FACC
  • Nico Langmann, Professional Wheelchair Tennis Player, Participant at the Paralympics, Tokyo 2020

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Collaborative Cabin Solutions: Why Next-Generation Content Supply is Essential for the Cabin of the Future

Collaborative Cabin Solutions: Why Next-Generation Content Supply is Essential for the Cabin of the Future

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Collaboration is key when it comes to innovative solutions for the aircraft cabin. A next-generation content supply chain is essential to ensure seamless integration across technologies and systems and to enhance the digital passenger experience in the aircraft.

Moderator:

  • Verena Bintaro, Head of Marketing & PR, AERQ

Panellists:

  • Jonas von Kruechten, Head of Strategy & Business Development, AERQ
  • Andre Valera, Director of Business Development, Touch Inflight Solutions, Inc.

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New cabins, new routes – the show goes on

New cabins, new routes – the show goes on

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Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, aviation, rail and passenger experience leaders are continuing to innovate new cabin environments and preparing to launch new routes, even new airlines. Consumers’ expectations of the brands they engage with, and their priorities in relation to evidenced hygiene and comfort have significantly shifted over the same period. How are the latest onboard service and interiors solutions addressing new traveller needs? And how are underlying passenger experience business models evolving to create robust businesses for the future?

Moderator:

  • Cristian Sutter, Chief Executive Officer, Avensis Aviation

Panellists:

  • Ingo Wuggetzer, Vice President Cabin Marketing, Airbus
  • Juliane Trummer, Vice President Strategy & Design, Mormedi
  • Anne Bigand, Passenger Experience Director, Alstom
  • Mariya Stoyanova, Director Product Development, JetBlue Airways
  • (Nino) Navdip Singh Judge, Chief Executive and Founder, flypop

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The World’s Lowest Carbon Aviation Leather

The World’s Lowest Carbon Aviation Leather

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Hear from Muirhead’s leading sustainable innovations in the leather industry, providing the world’s lowest carbon leather, the strategies they have in place to be zero carbon and zero waste, and how they can help customers achieve their carbon emission targets.

Panellists:

  • Archie Browning, Sales Director, Muirhead
  • Dr Warren Bowden, Sustainability and Innovation Director, Scottish Leather Group

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Putting People at the Heart of Each Journey in the Digital Age

Putting People at the Heart of Each Journey in the Digital Age

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Digital interfacing has rapidly become the default way of doing business as we all seek to avoid touching communal surfaces and screens and keep our distance from each other. But travel should also be about emotional connections and journeys that delight. What should this look like for air travel and the inflight experience as we embark on recovery? How can we build the human touch back into flying and create new personal and people-centric experiences? How should our approach be informed by insights from the travel and hospitality sectors?

Moderator:

  • Simon Calder, Travel Broadcaster and Travel Editor, The Independent

Panellists:

  • Luc Gesvret, Senior Vice President Guest Experience, Accor Hotels
  • Jeremy White, Director of Transport Design, Seymourpowell
  • Tom Mano, Vice President, Products & Services Planning, ANA

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Women Behind Aviation

Women Behind Aviation

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This session will bring together a cross-section of women in senior roles in the aviation sector to discuss their career path; current and future initiatives to improve both diversity in the workforce and in leadership roles; plus immediate challenges for the industry to address. The talking points will include learnings from sectors outside aviation, role models and mentoring both for professional development and to encourage more women into aviation, the benefits that diverse and gender-balanced workforce brings to corporate culture, innovation and the bottom line.

Moderator:

  • Jane Hobson, Editor, PAX Tech & PAX International magazines

Panellists:

  • Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, Founder, Young African Aviation Professional Association
  • Karyn McAlphin, Design Director, Kydex
  • Erin Lear, Founder, Birde (female aviation academy)
  • Jane Hoskisson, Director Talent, Learning, Engagement & Diversity, IATA

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Commercial Aviation & Interiors Market Outlook

Commercial Aviation & Interiors Market Outlook

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Commercial aviation is on the road to recovery with passenger jet daily flights having recovered to approximately two thirds of 2019’s level, driven primarily by the large domestic markets of the USA and China. However, significant challenges remain in international markets, and several regions of the world are yet to see meaningful recoveries in passenger traffic due to government travel restrictions. What do these challenges mean for the aerospace supply chain, and more specifically the aircraft interiors sector, and how will the industry transform to ensure its return to financial health? This session comprises a commercial aviation market outlook briefing from Ascend by Cirium, as well as an interiors market outlook from Tronos Aviation Consulting. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring senior representatives in the interiors market, who will debate the challenges and opportunities presented by the current market.

Moderator:

  • Andrew Doyle, Senior Director, Strategy, Cirium

Panellists:

  • Rob Morris, Head of Consultancy, Ascend by Cirium
  • Gary Weissel, Managing Officer, Tronos Aviation Consulting
  • Harald Mehring, Chief Customer Officer, Diehl Aviation
  • Beth de Young, VP Business Development, Aircraft Interiors – Lease Customers, Safran

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