The 16th Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) opened its doors Tuesday (April 4-6, 2017) in Hamburg’s fairgrounds. Over 530 exhibitors from 30 countries are presenting their innovations in aircraft cabins to some 10,000 expert visitors.
Crystal Cabin Award
Three of seven exhibition halls are focusing on inflight entertainment and connectivity, which is a major field of growth. The World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo focusing on catering and on-board accessories is also being held simultaneously. The fair opened Monday with the Passenger Experience Conference attended by high-ranking industry representatives in the Congress Centrum Hamburg (CCH).
The seven winners of the Crystal Cabin Awards will be announced Tuesday as part of AIX in Hotel Kempinski. A jury of experts including airlines, producers, professors and journalists will quiz the finalists during the preceding Elevator Pitch. A total of 21 products in seven categories are vying for the coveted awards.
Hamburg’s aviation sector
Around 40,000 people are employed in Hamburg’s aviation sector making the city the third biggest global aviation centre and the world’s top location in terms of cabins. Airbus develops the very latest cabin fittings and technologies for its aircraft in Hamburg. Over 10,000 professionals work in related companies ranging from subcontractors such as Diehl and service providers like Altran as well as dozens of SMEs represented by the Hanse-Aerospace association.
Cabins have become a highly competitive field in the tough aviation sector. A luxurious, comfortable interior that makes optimum use of space and weight can prove crucial. Aircraft cabins are costly and usually renewed around five times in the lifespan of an aircraft. Think of a cabin in terms of rent for an apartment – rent for such a cabin can amount to some EUR 1,400 per square metre!
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