Reed Exhibitions’ senior exhibition director, Katie Murphy looks ahead to the forthcoming Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017, held from 26-28 September in Long Beach, California.
In late September, over 2,000 visitors and 300 exhibiting companies are expected to descend on Long Beach, California for the only autumn event dedicated to the Passenger Experience Industry.
The three-day event, from 26–28 September, once again takes place against a backdrop of continued success for the aircraft interiors industry with the market growing at seven percent annually. Worth $16.87 billion in 2016, it is expected to be worth a huge $29.16 billion by 2021.
Earlier this year we were delighted to announce a long-term strategic co-location agreement for the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) with the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in co-ordination with the International Flight Services Association (IFSA). The co-located shows will see the aviation industry come together to experience the full spectrum of aircraft interiors products and passenger services on one level, in one location.
Exhibitors at this year’s co-located event include; Acro Aircraft Seating, Avio Interiors, Diehl Aerosystems, HARCO Cabin Solutions, Isovalta and Mirus Aircraft Seating.
The first half of 2017 has seen passenger growth at a 12-year high with global revenue per kilometre (RPK) up 7.9% year-on-year, according to the international Air Transport Association (IATA). Further, with all regions experiencing growth in the first six months of the year, there is a promising outlook for the rest of 2017 and beyond. So much so that the IATA is predicting 2017 to end with above-trend growth, welcome news for all in the industry.
With increased passenger numbers, and spending in the aircraft interiors sector soaring, manufacturers are breaking boundaries when it comes to delivering the best possible experience for passengers. The wide range of products on offer at AIX is a testament to the innovative nature of manufacturers. Exhibiting companies from across the supply chain including; galleys, seating, cabin management systems, passenger systems, lavatories, and lighting will be on display at the co-located event.
Once again AIX will play host to VIPs from the world’s best airlines. This year, around 100+ airline executives are expected from 30 carriers including; American Airlines, Air France, Air Canada, Etihad Airways, KLM and Lufthansa. This event provides the perfect opportunity to network, share insight and do business with major international, low-cost and business airline purchasers and a multitude of suppliers covering the entire supply chain.
AIX Long Beach is the sister event of the world-renowned Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg which takes place every April and is the leading global event for the entire passenger experience. Together they are key milestones in the aircraft manufacturing calendar.