Aircraft Interiors Expo LA shares seminar programme


Aircraft Interiors Expo Los Angeles (AIXLA), an event dedicated to the cabin interiors industry, has revealed its programme of CabinSpace Live seminar sessions that will feature at this year’s show, running from 10-12 September in Los Angeles.

Free to attend for all visitors, the programme will bring together experts to present the latest seating trends and innovations, scientific research, material innovations and technologies that are designed to optimise passengers’ sense of wellbeing.

Opening the programme, Gary Weissel, managing officer at Tronos Aviation Consulting, will join James Blackwell, director of sales at Recaro Aircraft Seating, and Tim Garvin, sales at Pexco Aerospace, for a panel discussion on theoutlook for aircraft interiors. They will debate the market forces impacting the market supply chain in the coming year and the challenges airlines and their industry partners face implementing interiors specification programmes. 

In another session, Helge Sachs, SVP of product innovation at Diehl Aviation, will deliver a talk on innovating seamless user experiences for passengers and crew. He will share insight into the company’s customer-centric innovation strategy and some of the initiatives that will create tomorrow’s intelligent cabin.

James Blackwell will return for a panel discussion titled ‘Are you sitting comfortably?’, where he will be joined by Elijah Dobrusin, VP of development and strategy at EnCore, and Tom Lipscomb, senior project manager at PriestmanGoode. Together they will investigate the latest seating trends and innovations that will differentiate the passenger experience and deliver a more competitive cabin for airlines.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Coutts Clay will lead a keynote session on ‘flying for all – creating an accessible cabin’. Joining her will be Hank Scott, CEO of Molon Labe Seating, Tom Lipscomb of PriestmanGoode and Michele Erin, founder and president of All Wheels Up. By bringing together a cross-section of experts, this roundtable discussion will provide attendees with an understanding of the opportunities and issues that need to be addressed to improve accessibility and the passenger experience for all.

Doug Christensen, technical lead for Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ ecoDemonstrator – a programme that takes new products and innovative solutions out of the lab and onto a dedicated test aircraft – will share insights on how this approach helps address the challenges to implementing innovation. He will also explore the learning benefits for engineers and designers, plus the collaborative opportunities.

Finally, Matthew Nicholls, sales director at Tapis Corporation, will host a seminar on innovating for comfort, offering insights into the latest comfort science research, materials innovations and technologies that will enhance a passenger’s sense of wellbeing. Nicholls will also present a keynote session on making sense of premium economy cabins in which he will profile premium economy customers and explore the choices they make on the ground, as well as how the interiors supply chain can help meet their expectations in the cabin, plus the premium economy trends to watch in the Americas market.

For more information and to register to attend AIXLA this September to get full access to the CabinSpace Live sessions, visit

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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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