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20 years of excellence at AIX

The exhibition has become a ‘must attend’ event for the airline industry says Polly Magraw, Event Director at Reed Exhibitions

Passenger Experience Week (1-4 April 2019) represents an important milestone for Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), as we return for our 20th anniversary. More than 14,000 attendees and 1,200 airline buyers are expected to attend this year, each looking to source the latest innovations in cabin interiors, inflight entertainment (IFEC) and passenger comfort.

Since the inaugural AIX, the aviation industry has evolved thanks to technological advances and ground-breaking interior design solutions, which have been driven by a requirement to enhance passenger comfort and onboard wellbeing. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), our supporting organisation, expects passenger numbers to double to 7.8 billion in 2036, so now is the time for the industry to plan for this rapid growth, and for airlines to secure their long-term future.

Kicking off Passenger Experience Week is the highly acclaimed Passenger Experience Conference, which will feature speakers from IATA, Virgin Atlantic and Finnair in sessions such as ‘The Competitive Cabin’ and ‘Revitalising the Journey’. The day will culminate in a networking party for industry professionals to meet, reconnect and raise a toast to 20 years of excellence at AIX.

In 2019, more than 50 first time exhibitors will be welcomed to the AIX show floor, including ATL, Aviation Graphix, Celestica, Certified Thermoplastics Co, Delta TechOps, DuPont, Euro-Composites, Lead Tech SRL and Midwest Aero Support, and among the 550-plus exhibitors will be 20 companies who have exhibited at every show since 2000, including Lantal Textiles, MGR Foamtex and Percival Aviation. Visitors looking for in depth analysis of the aviation industry can attend the future-gazing CabinSpace LIVE Seminar Theatre programme. It will feature a series of exclusive forecast sessions covering the cabin and IFEC, each aimed at helping airlines grasp the opportunities and navigate the challenges posed by the ever-evolving air travel industry. We’re also delighted to say the revered Crystal Cabin Awards winners will be announced in the CabinSpace LIVE Seminar Theatre on 3 April.

The well-established, popular IFEC Zone will help cabin design professionals source novel inflight entertainment technology solutions, designed to transform onboard services from more than 100 vendors like Inmarsat Global, Smiths Interconnect and Vartan Aviation Group. As always, there will be some incredible innovations on display in the area.

AIX takes place from 2-4 April, alongside the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo in halls A1, A3 and A4, where 350 plus exhibitors will be showcasing the latest travel catering, onboard retail and passenger comfort products. Following last year’s success, Passenger Technology Solutions will return for a second year, located next to the IFEC Zone in Hall B4 Upper. Attendees are invited to watch the winners of the PAX TECH HACK – a 48-hour hackathon where developers will compete to find solutions to a set of challenges – present their innovative concepts in the PTS Seminar Theatre on 4 April.

Drawing all four events under the Passenger Experience Week roof reflects the industry’s move to create a seamless, connected, end-to-end passenger experience, and this year will be no exception. To register to attend and save €50, visit

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