April 13, 2011 — This year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo proved to be a busy show for the more than 500 exhibiting companies that showcased a wide variety of innovations and new products to entice airline buyers. More than 7,900 (*pre-ABC Audit figure) visitors attended the event.

Once again new seating concepts, across all parts of the cabin interior, and the latest in inflight entertainment and connectivity drew a significant amount of visitor attention but other areas such as new galley concepts, fabrics and flooring also got a look in.

Some of the highlights and announcements – from the luxurious to the practical or downright quirky – included:

AIM Aviation displayed the world’s first flying duty free shop which Korean Air will be using on its first 10 A380s when they enter service in June. Up to 64 individual items can be displayed and, in the event of turbulence, each of the display bottles has a strong magnet on the bottom which can withstand a 2g loading

Airbus unveiled its Space-Flex lavatory and galley concept which can enable A320-family operators to fit an extra three seats on their aircraft

The IMS Company said that its RAVE seat-centric inflight entertainment system is going to be installed on five Brussels Airlines Airbus A330s in the fourth quarter of 2011

Intelligent Avionics showed a full in-seat demonstrator of its new lightweight AURA seat-centric IFE system – the total weight of each seat-centric system comes to just 1.5kg per passenger

B/E Aerospace was demonstrating its new lightweight seat for premium cabins. Unlike electric business-class seats, the Millennium seat is all mechanical helping to ensure that the seat is lightweight and lower cost. It is suited to business or first class narrowbody cabins but would also work well as a premium economy seat for widebody aircraft

Better hygiene in aircraft lavatories beckons with wash basin manufacturer Schüschke demonstrating its automatic, non-touch waste bin lid

Lufthansa Technik is now able to offer an exercise bike for installation on aircraft. Engineers at the company took an off-the-shelf product, made by Technogym, and modified it to satisfy aviation regulations. It is now ready for certification

Katie Murphy, Event Director at Aircraft Interiors Expo, said: “The exhibition had a great buzz to it this year and we felt that, after the economic challenges faced by the industry in the last couple of years, companies have more freedom once again to invest in research and development.”

The next Aircraft Interiors Expo takes place from 27-29 March 2012 at the Hamburg Messe.

December 16, 2010 — Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (the BMWi) is lending its support to Aircraft Interiors Expo for the first time this year. The BMWi has now included the exhibition within its prestigious list of international trade fairs and has opened up its exhibition attendance scheme to innovative, young German companies to help them participate in the 2011 show.

With the help of German Trade Fair Association, AUMA, which represents the interests of Germany’s exhibition industry, the idea is to support small German companies looking to market innovative products for the cabin interior by subsidising 80 per cent of their cost of exhibiting.

To be eligible the companies need to meet a number of criteria, as well as funding the remainder of the exhibiting costs themselves. This initiative offers a really tangible boost to German businesses that have been operating for less than a decade and have no more than 50 employees, as well as an annual turnover below €10 million.

Aircraft Interiors Expo is creating a dedicated German Pavilion for companies exhibiting via this scheme. The pavilion will be located in Hall B4 and will include a catering area as well as a place for companies to hold meetings with visitors.

Companies interested in taking up this offer need to apply by initially completing the form at www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com/germanpavilion. From there applications will be forwarded to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) for consideration.

Aircraft Interiors Expo Exhibition Director, Katie Murphy, said: “We are delighted that AUMA has recognised the importance of Aircraft Interiors Expo as the international marketplace for innovation in the cabin interior. The event obviously attracts both exhibitors and airline buyers from around the globe so the financial incentive that AUMA offers could make a significant difference to a young German company looking to access or grow within the aircraft interiors market.”