Learn more about sustainability, hygiene and diversity


More than 30 aviation industry experts are preparing to come together at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) to speak at the CabinSpace Live seminar programme. The experts are from companies including Finnair, Inflight Dublin, Inmarsat, Safran Seats, Cirium, Polygiene UK, ATR Aircraft, Sustainable Aero Lab, Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA), Deutsche Lufthansa AG and more, and they will share their insights and expertise on the cabin of tomorrow and beyond from 14-16 June 2022. The full programme can be found here.

Running over three days, the free-to-attend seminar programme will focus on pressing topics impacting the cabin interiors sector, including how best to implement retrofit projects; making sustainable aviation a reality; designing a collaborative experience between seatback and personal electronic devices; streamlining connectivity; and the latest cabin interior hygiene innovations. Attendees will also learn about the current market challenges and outlook for the sector, with an exclusive market outlook briefing from Ascend by Cirium.

The necessity of green business

One major topic in the aviation sector today is sustainability, so it will be one of the themes covered in this year’s CabinSpace LIVE seminar. A panel discussion, led by Lukas Kaestner, co-founder of the Sustainable Aero Lab, will explore the road to aviation becoming a net-zero industry, and how new technologies, players and mindsets will all play a role. Kaestner will be joined by representatives from Lufthansa CleanTech Hub, ATR Aircraft, the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research, and the president of the German Aeronautical Society (DGLR).

Sustainability will also be discussed when experts from EH Aviation Advisors and AMAC Aerospace come together to discuss business and VIP jet interior trends, from sustainability to aesthetic trends and technology, and the potential for their application in commercial aviation.

Creating accessible air travel

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the proportion of the world’s population aged over 60 will nearly double between 2015 and 2050, from 12% to 22%. The effects of population aging on the aviation sector will be examined in a session with experts from Flying Disabled, Acumen and Collins Aerospace. The panel will discuss the impact of an aging and less mobile population, whether airlines should reconfigure their cabins to better serve these passengers, and the fiscal impact of removing one seat to facilitate accessible lavatories.

Trends and IFEC

The use of digital technologies has further increased over the past three years, becoming a bigger part of passenger expectations, and putting greater pressure on airlines’ IFEC offerings. Two sessions at CabinSpace Live will examine these changes. Firstly, speakers from Finnair and Inflight Dublin will address how airlines can design a collaborative experience between seatback and personal devices to become more responsive to passenger needs. Meanwhile, a panel featuring experts from SmartSky Network, Inmarsat, SatCom, SES and OneWeb will reflect on passenger expectations for fast wi-fi connectivity in the air, and what suppliers, airlines and business jet operators need to do to offer a streamlined connectivity experience.

Cabin hygiene

Post-Covid, many passengers have greater expectations of cabin cleanliness and hygiene. The seminar will also host experts from VX Consulting, Polygiene UK, and MGR Foamtex, who will discuss antimicrobial technologies and how they can complement cabin cleaning regimes. The session will also highlight where the technology should be considered, with examples from material suppliers that incorporate the technology into their products, such as Eleather and MGR Foamtex.

Women in aviation

A dedicated session at CabinSpace LIVE will celebrate the successes of women in aviation and reflect on the steps businesses can take to help create a better, smarter, more efficient and diverse industry. The panel will feature speakers from ATR, SmartSky Networks, Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter (ICAA) and Safran Seats, who will delve into the impact of traditional gender roles on women in the industry, how companies can recruit more women – and keep them – as well as how to create a workplace environment that is inclusive and accommodating.

Celebrating the Crystal Cabin Awards winners

Attendees at the CabinSpace LIVE seminar programme can also hear directly from this year’s Crystal Cabin Award winners. The winners will present their innovations, which comprise great ideas across eight categories, including Cabin Concepts, Cabin Systems, Health & Safety, IFEC & Digital Services, Material & Components, Passenger Comfort, Sustainable Cabin and University.

For more information and to register to attend Aircraft Interiors Expo this June, please visit https://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com

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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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