Visitor registration is now open for the upcoming Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) Virtual events, which will take place online from 14-16 September 2021.
Reed Exhibitions, the organiser of AIX and WTCE, says the events will enable aviation professionals to view the latest products and services from the cabin interiors and onboard services supply chain via the virtual platform. Attendees can specify products and services of interest, and can use the ‘smart AI’ appointment system to match their needs with suppliers, while a personalised diary function allows attendees to pre-schedule meetings with business connections.
Reed has stated that representatives from more than 60 airlines have registered their interest to attend the virtual events, including Air France, Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways and United Airlines.
The supplier community is also involved, with companies including Airbus, Safran, Inmarsat, Geven, Mankiewicz, STG Aerospace, Monty’s Bakehouse, The Bamboovement and Egret Aviation among those confirmed to exhibit.
AIX and WTCE Virtual will also offer educational opportunities, with three streams running throughout the three-day event.
The Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) will offer a programme of live conference sessions exploring subjects such as how social and economic changes resulting from the pandemic may require air travel to adapt. Industry experts representing companies including Airbus, Boeing, Panasonic Avionics, Heathrow Airport, Diehl Aviation, Inmarsat, Safran, BlueBox Aviation and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will address a range of anticipated topics, including innovative materials and methodologies; climate change and the cabin footprint; the digital revolution; and how passenger engagement can be used to generate revenue.
Tailored sessions for aircraft interiors and onboard catering professionals will also be available, running over three days alongside the Passenger Experience Conference. The programme will offer on-demand sessions that will shed light on and debate key market trends and challenges.
A programme of AIX Sessions is also available, exploring subjects such as the APAC market, the business jet market, and the role of women in the aviation industry. Sustainable Aero Lab mentors will join a panel to discuss sustainability goals and the role start-ups play. The Crystal Cabin Awards which will also be hosted live under the AIX stream.
The Taste of Travel programme will also run, giving insights into the latest in catering and retail trends, together with chef demonstrations and product launches. The programme will also feature an line-up of speakers who will be examining the tools needed to enhance the customer experience.
The full programme for all three conference steams will be announced shortly.
Polly Magraw, event director at Reed Exhibitions said, “We’re excited to open registration for our 2021 AIX and WTCE Virtual events and bring together the aircraft interiors and onboard services community together at a critical time to accelerate the recovery. The virtual event will deliver not only the high-quality business connections the events are renowned for, but also a programme of thought-leadership content that will provide professionals from across the global interiors and onboard services industry with tangible learning opportunities that they can apply to their business as the industry recovers.”