• Groundbreaking new IFEC, seating and cabin interiors products on display

London, UK | March 29, 2016– With less than a week to go until Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) 2016, many of the 530+ companies exhibiting at this global event for the passenger experience industry are providing a taste of what they’ll be showcasing.

This year’s show will welcome 145 new exhibiting companies such as Mirus Aircraft Seating, Ballore Logistics Germany GmbH and General Dynamics, who will be attending with longstanding exhibitors that include Airbus, B/E Aerospace, Boeing and Panasonic Avionics.

This year’s 17th edition of AIX is expected to be a record event with more than1,000 airline executives from 188 Airlines such as; Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Delta to name a few, with 16,000 attendees due to visit the Hamburg Messe between 5th and 7th April 2016.

The event kicks off with the annual Passenger Experience Conference, taking place on the 4th of April. The fourth edition of this one-day conference will bring together a wide range of thought leaders and key decision makers from the interiors industry. The main theme for this year’s agenda is collaborating on the connected journey. In an increasingly connected world, how do we create seamless and positive passenger experiences across the touch points of the customer’s journey? How will innovative technology, connectivity and service combine to create comfortable and personal experiences from home to gate to cabin and to destination? The sessions will be a mix of visionary thinking and in-depth explorations of the issues for the cabin and inflight entertainment and connectivity sectors.

Polly Magraw, Show Manager of Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), says: “AIX is now firmly established as the global event dedicated to the passenger experience industry, and this year’s show will provide visitors with rich insights into ground-breaking advances in the passenger experience.”

In partnership with Flightglobal, knowledge sharing continues beyond the PEC. This opportunity for attendees to debate and exchange information will see discussions centre around the increase in aircraft production rates and the future of inflight entertainment. The sessions are free to attend and will take place in the CabinSpace Live Seminar Theatre upper level of hall B1 next to the Airline Club Lounge

The Crystal Cabin Awards Gallery will also be in B1 Upper. Now in its 10th year, the competition initiated by Hamburg Aviation, received a record 95 entries from 18 countries for the 2016 event. Innovations across 8 categories will be on display in the Gallery. I invite you to attend the AIX hosted awards reception on the 6th of April in B1 upper at 12:30pm where all winners will provide a brief talk about their winning entry.

One of the companies recreating the HD experience in the air is Lumexis. They’ll be launching their iPAX system, an ultra-low cost embedded IFE system which weighs only 8.9 ounces whilst delivering a 1080p HD picture.

As more and more passengers bring their own devices to travel with, more suppliers are developing products to cater for this – one of which is Skycast Solutions, introducing their “TabCaddy Clip” that allows passengers to secure their remote devices to tray tables.

Also on display at the show will be Bluebox Wow, a wireless unit the size of a lunchbox with the capability of supporting streamed video and audio content, games, digital publications and Bluebox’s new Seat2Seat networked messaging application. The portable box can be taken onboard fully loaded, fully charged and ready to go, making it easy for airlines to switch between aircraft as needed.

Technology design and manufacturing company Telefonix is displaying the expansion and evolution of its Summit line of IFEC equipment. Having previously launched the line at last year’s show, which included CabinACe Wireless Access Point (WAP), this has now been expanded to include both a retro-fit and line-fit option for the access point. The line now features a brand new content loader, CabinEdge.

Another integral element of the passenger experience is seating, and first time exhibitor Mirus Aircraft Seating is launching a brand new light-weight economy seat. With production not set to commence until mid-2016, the show will be the first opportunity to view the new seat which blends stylish design, improved ergonomics and quality.

Rebel.Aero is unveiling its STwo seat, a unique patented folding “booster” seat offering each passenger the ability to change seating positions during flight where the seat surface can be folded upwards. This new design of seat will challenge previous seat designs and allow passengers to move around comfortably in their seat and relax in different positions, whilst minimising the impact to other passengers and crew around them.

The Waterfront Teague concept seat brings the comfort and technology of a living room and bedroom into the cabin. This partnership between Teague, Panasonic Avionics, B/E Aerospace and Formation Design Group incorporates a 24 inch 4K display screen, device charging and personal mood lighting, all seamlessly connected around the seat.

Another name taking inflight comfort to new levels is Supracor, who will be showing attendees their new economy cushions made with Stimulite and to be featured on Swiss International Airlines. The cushions, made from Elastollan thermoplastic urethane (TPU), will provide passengers with sustained comfort on long haul flights. The material is naturally antimicrobial with excellent hydrolytic stability and because there are no adhesives used to fabricate the cushions, they are also washable.

Cabin Interiors
Forward thinking technology can improve every aspect of the passenger experience, and this is recognised at the Crystal Cabin Awards. Amongst the finalists is Boeing with a self-cleaning lavatory, which utilises ultraviolet (UV) light to kill 99.99 percent of germs. By combining this cleaning system which can disinfect all surfaces after every use in just three seconds with touchless features will dramatically improve the passenger experience on commercial flights.

Vision Systems has developed SPD-Smart electronically dimmable windows, which dramatically enhance the passenger experience. These windows not only provide cabin-wide light and glare control, a quieter cabin while in flight, and a cooler cabin while boarding and taxiing, they go a step further to integrate a colour video touchscreen into an electronically dimmable aircraft window.

Also targeting light control within the cabin are new exhibitors National Research Council Canada. They have developed sound and light panels to simulate accurately the light and sound levels passengers’ experience during their flight. Passengers can also benefit from elevated window share, lighting and acoustic technologies.

Critical to the passenger experience is staying connected, and the need for passengers to charge their own devices is central to this. Imagik will be introducing the smallest USB charging unit on the market – the QUATRO PLUS. The unit brings high power, 1.2 AMP charging to every seat and is low power to run, and brings significant economies to airlines looking to install new charging facilities.