APEX/IFSA Awards 2022: the finalists


The finalists vying for prizes in the 2022 APEX/IFSA Awards have been announced. The awards, organised by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and the International Flight Services Association (IFSA), recognise innovative achievements successfully implemented in the past year.

The awards recognise innovations in the following categories:

APEX Best Inflight Connectivity Innovation

This category honours airlines and/or their vendor partners that have created a new inflight innovation including interactive connectivity onboard, unique wi-fi features/offerings, etc.

The 2023 finalists are:

AirFi: LEO Connectivity Solution

Astronics CSC: Cabin AXe Wireless Access Point

Stellar Blu: Sidewinder Multi-modem Terminal

APEX Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation

This award goes to airlines and/or their vendor partners that have created a new inflight innovation that is elevating the passenger experience via GUI design, features/applications, streaming, hardware, seat integration, etc.

The 2023 finalists are:

Above: One-Stop-Shop Digital Platform

AerQ: Aerena Accelerated App Integration

Burrana: RISE Power

APEX Best Marketing Innovation

Rewarding the best new marketing campaigns or ideas.

The 2023 finalists are:

Thales Avionics and Diehl Aerospace: ICEE

Touch, Warner Bros, LATAM: IFE Cross-Brand

Virgin Atlantic: See the World Differently

Virgin Atlantic’s ‘See the world differently’ campaign is currently getting airtime in the UK

APEX/IFSA Best Cabin Innovation

This category recognises outstanding achievements in creating a thoughtful new cabin environment, including galleys, lavatories, and ways to increase efficiency for crew.

The 2023 finalists are:

Avianca: Premium Seats, narrowbody fleet

Finnair: Elevated long-haul experience

IdeaNova Technologies: Intouch Nearcast

AirLounge is a key component of Finnair’s revitalised long-haul experience

APEX/IFSA Best Product or Service

Honours innovations in passenger comfort, including seats, design, lighting, temperature control, air quality and more. Sustainable entries will be given additional credit.

The 2023 finalists are:

HRS: Crew & Passenger Solutions

Thales Avionics: Pulse Power (which won a 2022 Crystal Cabin Award)

Virgin Atlantic: The Booth

Upper Class customers on Virgin Atlantic’s A350 leisure routes can enjoy the Booth social space

IFSA Best Inflight Food or Beverage

In recognition of a food or beverage product that appeals to passengers’ tastes and enhances the onboard experience. The product can be for any class, whether complimentary or buy on board.

The 2023 finalists are:

Air France: Sustainable onboard experience

Thales Avionics: JetBlue Meal + customisable ordering

United Airlines: Impossible Meatball Bowl

United Airlines’ Impossible Meatball Bowl is available to first-class customers on all domestic flights of more than 800 miles in the continental US

IFSA Best Onboard Amenity

Recognises amenity kits that provide an enhanced onboard passenger experience.

The 2023 finalists are:

Air Astana JSC: Business-class amenity kits

Delta Air Lines: Someone Somewhere amenity kit partnership

Fiji Airways: Our Ocean, Our Life Kids activity pack

John Horsfall & Sons: Finnair business-class mattress pad

The new Delta One kits contain sustainable, wellness-focused products including a Someone Somewhere eye mask, Grown Alchemist natural lip balm and hand lotion, and a Humble Co. bamboo toothbrush. Both Grown Alchemist products onboard have transitioned to aluminium packaging.

APEX Best Airport Innovation

This category is in recognition of achievements in creating new airport innovations, ideas or offerings. The finalists for have not yet bee revealed.

The winners of the 2023 APEX/IFSA Awards, as well as other awards programmes including the Passenger Choice Awards, Four and Five Star Official Airline Ratings and more will be announced at the APEX/IFSA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 26 October at the 2022 APEX/IFSA Expo in Long Beach.

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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