The organisers of Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) have announced the main themes of next year’s event: transforming the passenger experience and creating the cabin of the future. The event returns to Germany’s Hamburg Messe from 28-30 May 2024, and as always it will be a showcase of the latest ideas to enhance operator efficiency and the passenger experience, and visitors can expect a focus on accessibility and sustainability.
The organiser, RX (Reed Exhibitions), reported that visitor attendance numbers for the 2023 event increased by 59% over the previous year, with most being designers, engineers, specifiers, manufacturers, and airline representatives.
Transforming the skies
As airlines, OEMs, suppliers and designers gear-up for modernisation strategies, AIX will provide a platform to discover the technologies, services and hardware that can enhance every aspect of the cabin. From seating, galley equipment, lighting, and trim & finish options, to cabin management systems, IFEC (in-flight entertainment and connectivity) hardware, and communications, the event will enable attendees to collaborate and find solutions from more than 400 suppliers.
All the major industry players will be returning to the show floor in 2024, including Boeing, Airbus, Recaro Aircraft Seating, Safran, Panasonic Avionics, and Collins Aerospace – reaffirming the event’s position as the world’s leading marketplace for airlines and the supply chain to meet. Complementing the major OEMs and suppliers, the show will also welcome companies exhibiting at the show for the first time, which include Comi Aerospace, LXM Aero GmbH, Peter-Lacke GmbH, and Skytec Aerospace.
Redefining the onboard experience
The action begins on 27th May, the day before the AIX show floor opens, with the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) again featuring many high-profile experts from across a range of sectors. The all-day conference provides a platform for professionals, airlines, and the global supply chain to come together and discuss some of the most pressing issues and trends facing the passenger experience sector.
From cutting-edge technologies to revolutionary design concepts, and deep dives into core themes including accessibility, diversity and sustainability, the speakers will explain the transformative advancements that promise to redefine the passenger experience. Delegates will also have the opportunity to delve into the trends and topics that will determine their future strategies through a series of talks and sessions from keynote speakers and guests.
The ultimate meeting place
The AIX and PEC events also serve as industry meeting points that facilitate collaboration and networking. Following the final session of PEC on the Monday evening, attendees will be able to connect and unwind at the Welcome Party. The party is a great opportunity for visitors to make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships in an informal setting, ahead of AIX commencing on Tuesday, 28th May.
AIX attendees can also use the intuitive AIX Connect tool to proactively book meetings with relevant contacts ahead of the event. A search function in the tool enables visitors and exhibitors to discover new contacts, helping them prepare and book meetings before even setting foot in Hamburg.
Polly Magraw, event director of Aircraft Interiors Expo, said of the event: “The industry’s unwavering support has continued to propel AIX forward. As we gear up for the 2024 edition, this year’s show will take cabin concepts to new heights, showcasing a compelling line-up of speakers and sessions that provide solutions for every aspect of the cabin interiors sector. We look forward to bringing together experts and visionaries from airlines, OEMs, suppliers and designers, to discuss the future of the passenger experience.”
Aircraft Interiors Expo is co-located with World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) (also from 28-30 May 2024), giving airlines, lessors and business jet operators another opportunity to enhance their travel experiences.
Visitor registration will open in February 2024. You can register your interest to attend via the AIX website.