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Aircraft Interiors Expo underway in Hamburg

Over 530 exhibitors from 30 countries - inflight entertainment and connectivity proving major field of growth

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.

Crucial innovations

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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Hamburg Aviation Cluster

Hamburg Aviation promotes the sector in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and beyond and includes Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport as well as some 300 firms with over 40,000 highly qualified professionals. Together, they cover the entire lifespan of an aircraft as well as the value chain – from development, production, installation to the air transport system, maintenance as well as recycling. Excellent colleges, universities and training centres and leading research institutions complement them to make the Hamburg Metropolitan Region the third largest centre of the civil aviation industry.

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