The world’s leading Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) 2019 gets underway Tuesday (April 2-4, 2019) in Hamburg’s exhibition halls. Numerous airline managers, manufacturers and suppliers from all over the world are attending the event with over 500 stands showing the latest trends in aircraft seating and in-flight entertainment. Several Hamburg-based exhibitors including Airbus, Lufthansa Technik and the start-up Jetlite will also be presenting their companies’ latest innovations.
Hamburg with a strong presence on the exhibitor side
Air traffic is growing rapidly worldwide and more than 120,000 flights with over 10 million passengers take off every day around the globe. Thus, services in-flight are becoming increasingly important for airlines. The Hamburg-based Diehl Aviation is presenting an antibacterial filter for the lavatory, which uses UV light to make tap water drinkable. Other innovations range from Jetlite lighting scenarios for the cabin to reduce jet lag, heated floors and multicultural toilets. Altran won the Crystal Cabin Award in the “Material & Components” category last year and will present printed electrics technology for printing wiring in 2019. The technology, developed jointly in Hamburg’s ZAL TechCenter, may soon render cable harnesses for cabin electronics a thing of the past.
Hamburg – an aviation location
Hamburg is the world’s third largest civil aviation location with some 40,000 employees. The Aircraft Interiors Expo underlines Hamburg’s importance in the aircraft cabin sector. “Every sixth passenger aircraft in the world is assembled and delivered in Hamburg,” said Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, adding, “The Customer Definition Centre at Airbus, where airlines can put together individual cabins using state-of-the-art technology, has contributed to this. The ZAL Centre for Applied Aviation Research also helps optimize cabins and the associated technology with innovative developments.”
Crystal Cabin Awards
An international jury of experts will select the winners of the Crystal Cabin Awards Tuesday (April 2, 2019) in eight categories at the Chamber of Commerce. The prize, initiated by the Aviation Cluster Hamburg Aviation, will be presented on Tuesday (April 2, 2019). Among the 24 finalists is a satellite for particularly fast broadband above the clouds and a voice-controlled Boeing Smart Cabin. An exhibition in the Crystal Cabin Award Gallery at the Expo (Hall B4, 1st floor) will outline the finalists’ works. The winners will present their innovations in person on Wednesday (3 April).