Celebrating 20 years of Innovation at AIX
Hamburg has just hosted another great Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and this year, the prestigious event celebrated 20 years since it was established in March 2000.
The exhibition brings together more than 16,000 key aviation decision makers from the world's leading airlines and aircraft manufacturers who are involved in the purchase of cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment, connectivity, passenger experience and passenger services.
These decision makers meet with over 550 exhibitors, who are there to showcase their products and services. The show is an opportunity for exhibitors to uncover new concepts to improve passenger experience in the realms of design, health and safety, ergonomics, comfort and of course digital advances.
As usual, connectivity featured heavily and this year was full of interesting exhibits and announcements.
Here’s a recap on just what unfolded over the three action-packed days at the Hamburg Messe:
There was much excitement as we planned our presence at AIX, here’s some insight into the build-up.
Will you be at #AIX19 next week? Be part of our interactive experience explaining the evolution of our ground-breaking #GXAviation global inflight broadband solution. Meet the team at stand 2A10 or our dedicated EAN stand 2C30 with @deutschetelekom. https://t.co/PM0RYFwT5m pic.twitter.com/oABaw8LLyf— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) March 29, 2019
Tuesday, 2nd April
The event kicked off with AIX 20th anniversary celebrations in mind, as well as lots of sunshine and exciting announcements.
Now in its 20th year, the Aircraft Interiors Expo has become a 'must attend' event for the airline industry, as Event Director Polly Magraw says in the April edition of Aircraft Cabin Management https://t.co/9MKqmTcMkc #AIX2019 pic.twitter.com/DM4RcFDWVI— Aircraft Cabin Management (@AircraftCabin) April 2, 2019
1,000 terminals installed and counting! We have reached an exciting new milestone for our award-winning connectivity services #GXAviation, #JetConneX & #EAN bringing high-speed inflight Wi-Fi to passengers around the globe ✈️🌍🛰️ #AIX19 #PaxEx #bizav https://t.co/g7twiVjGmz pic.twitter.com/hGjdosaB9n— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) April 2, 2019
SITAONAIR announced that Inmarsat’s award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband solution has now been activated on Philippine Airlines’ new generation aircraft, marking another important step forward for Asia Pacific aviation.
SITAONAIR has now activated @flyPAL's new-gen aircraft with high-speed @InmarsatGlobal GX Aviation through our best-in-class portal Internet ONAIR: https://t.co/NFjvZY757a @aix_expo #avgeek #Philippines pic.twitter.com/GWlVoN7hqj— SITAONAIR (@SITAONAIR) April 2, 2019
Our partners Collins Aerospace announced that they have connected 55,996 passengers to inflight Wi-Fi on over 975 Norwegian Air flights using our global GX Aviation solution -
UPDATE from #AIX19 📣: Since launching CabinConnect™ high speed, broadband connectivity solution in December 2018 with @Fly_Norwegian we have connected 55,996 passengers over 975 flights ✈️ and transferred over 8,893 GB of data. pic.twitter.com/Dv5v2KFohn— Collins Aerospace (@CollinsAero) April 2, 2019
Our partners, Panasonic announced that just like us, they are celebrating turning 40 this year.
This is a very special year for us at @AIX_Expo as we're celebrating our 40th anniversary! If you will be at #AIX2019 come and celebrate with us at booth #4A10 #Panasonic40years https://t.co/k2ciFUrU6J— Panasonic Avionics (@PanasonicAero) April 1, 2019
We were pleased to introduce visitors to our new interactive stand, here’s a little peak at what it looked like.
#AIX19 has begun and we’re excited to present the immersive experiences we have for our visitors. If you’re in Hamburg, join us at stands 2A10 and 2C30 to meet the team https://t.co/8eSEcLnM3F pic.twitter.com/1SUuBBvvp1— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) April 2, 2019
There was lots of excitement about our EAN stand in partnership with Deutsche Telekom too.
Day 1 @aix_expo in #Hamburg started 💞✈️📱 Join our common booth 2C30 with @InmarsatGlobal and discover First class connectivity for every passender 📱✈️💞 #MorethanjustWiFi #EuropeanAviationNetwork #telekomwall #GlobalCarrier pic.twitter.com/Q8YmF2X21C— ISPBee (@karolinspallek) April 2, 2019
Visitor‘s are curious and interested in our #EuropeanAviationNetwork which is built for Europe, by Europe 💞✈️📱😇 #teamwork #PaxEx #GlobalCarrier #telekomwall #MorethanjustWiFi #AIX19 #Hamburg pic.twitter.com/GNHIV6ihCI— ISPBee (@karolinspallek) April 2, 2019
And EAN was celebrating being not only the fastest connectivity service in Europe but also having a super-fast installation time of just 9 hours.
Guess what?! Today ist needs 9hours only to install these little https://t.co/9smkYaYkaA the past it took 4days per ✈️ 🙈.So the #EuropeanAviationNetwork is about fast installation, saving money and First-class passenger connectivity 💪🏼💞✈️📱#AIX19 #Telekomwall #EANisLive pic.twitter.com/uiOOhtDZxW— ISPBee (@karolinspallek) April 2, 2019
Beyond the realms of digital innovation, there was plenty to see. Collins Aerospace were impressing visitors with their M-Flex Duet inflight mini bar that uses the empty space over aircraft doors.
This is the M-Flex Duet, which turns previously mostly useless space around the aircraft doors into a fold out walk up bar. Here's a video of the opening mechanism, which is RFID card activated. #PaxEx #AIX19 pic.twitter.com/qdOQfHczKZ— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) April 2, 2019
Collins Aerospace also displayed their new first-class seat, designed for Emirates Airlines with a virtual window, showing fresh thinking for the cabin.
Appreciating that #avgeeks - and indeed many travelers - love the real thing, the Collins Aerospace Virtual Window certainly represents fresh thinking for the cabin, and is a finalist for #CCA19. #PaxEx #AIX19 #AvGeek pic.twitter.com/3HAxlL63Cn— Runway Girl Network (@RunwayGirl) April 1, 2019
And now for the @CollinsAero new @emirates Suite, flying on some 777s. It's a fully enclosed true suite, with monits in place of windows for the middle seats. It features 78 lights and fiber optics in the carpet 🤓 #PaxEx #AIX19 pic.twitter.com/ih0yXP7SvT— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) April 2, 2019
In fact, seats on offer were so comfortable, they were causing journalists to snooze off.
The evening concluded with the Crystal Cabin Awards, recognising innovation within the aircraft cabin. The eight winners can be seen here:
Honoring 8 Top Innovations for Air Travel: Here are the Crystal Cabin Award winners 2019! https://t.co/z0wqmNjAqu Meet them today at @aix_expo at 2.30pm in the Cabin Space LIVE Auditorium. #CCA19 #PaxEx pic.twitter.com/BBiFnQiIHM— Hamburg Aviation (@HamburgAviation) April 3, 2019
And here’s a video looking back at the first exciting day at AIX.
Wednesday, 3rd April
Then it was day two.
It's day two of #AIX2019, make sure you visit the show to find everything you'll ever need for inside the cabin. It's the place to be! #paxex #aviation #interiors #aircraftinteriors #AIX19 pic.twitter.com/Q30OngaTJK— Aircraft Interiors Expo (@aix_expo) April 3, 2019
More details here:
SITAONAIR announced that it will be providing Inmarsat’s GX Aviation inflight broadband to Taiwanese start-up carrier Starlux Airlines when the airline launches in 2020.
As it gears up for commercial launch, we are very proud to announce new Taiwanese carrier, Starlux #Airlines, has selected SITAONAIR to bring next-gen #IFC to its #passengers! https://t.co/dJqGY9nicr #avgeek #PaxEx @aix_expo @InmarsatGlobal pic.twitter.com/GFRoexjokZ— SITAONAIR (@SITAONAIR) April 3, 2019
When Taipei-based startup carrier Starlux begins operations (2020ish) its A321neo and A350 aircraft will deliver inflight wifi service powered by @SITAONAIR and @InmarsatGlobal #GXAviation. Announced today at #AIX19. #PaxEx pic.twitter.com/Fuya1IbXHa— Seth Miller (@WandrMe) April 3, 2019
More details here.
The mayor of Hamburg honoured AIX with a visit for the first time, indicating how important the sector has become for the city’s economy.
The Inmarsat drinks in the evening were a chance for people to mingle and network a little during some downtime. The evening was a great success and we very much appreciated the support of our sponsors Collins Aerospace, Deutsche Telekom, Honeywell Aerospace, Panasonic Aero and SITAONAIR.
A packed house! Many thanks to everyone that attended our evening event at Aircraft Interiors Expo, Hamburg last night, sponsored by our partners @CollinsAero, @deutschetelekom, @Honeywell_Aero, @PanasonicAero & @SITAONAIR. A great way to end a busy first day at the show! #AIX19 pic.twitter.com/jSzIDPb1fk— Robeel Haq (@robeelhaq) April 3, 2019
We had a great time at our #AIX19 event last night, enjoying some much-needed downtime with friends, colleagues and partners after an extremely busy first day! Thanks to our sponsors @CollinsAero, @deutschetelekom, @Honeywell_Aero, @PanasonicAero and @SITAONAIR #InmarsatPartners pic.twitter.com/bxYQmC80ja— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) April 3, 2019
We are also excited to see that the event organisers appreciated our efforts on our stand and even suggested we were a contender for most colourful stand.
Thursday, 4th April
The final day was for the last of the meetings, presentations and goodbyes.
One of the highlights of the final day was the announcement of the ‘PaxTechHack’ winners. The challenge involved teams working for 48 hours of “non-stop innovating, creating and coding” to come up with solutions to two challenges:
1) Inflight Passenger Community Challenge
Can you create a digital solution which can bring a flight together as a community, rather than strangers.
2) Boost Airport Retail Challenge
Develop a digital solution to turn early-bird passengers that skip straight to the gate into airport retail consumers.
The winning team for each challenge received a €5000 cash prize.
Developers at #PAXTECHHACK will be presenting their #PaxEx improving innovations in #Hamburg this afternoon! SITAONAIR's Evi Dougali and Sylvain Guilbon have been mentoring participants and will soon pick the winners! https://t.co/tkcr50EoyP #AIX2019 #WTCE2019 pic.twitter.com/sXskl1FgDN— SITAONAIR (@SITAONAIR) April 4, 2019
We have heard from all 12 teams now its down to the jury! Our jury members are Pierre Charbonneau, Dr Stathis Kefallonitis, Katie Murphy and Sylvain Guilbon -a wealth of experience to decide the winners for each challenge #PaxTechHack #PTS2019 @PaxTechSolution pic.twitter.com/8UDnHdGCqE— BeMyApp Germany (@BeMyAppGermany) April 4, 2019
Join us live from the #PTS2019 Seminar Theatre. Head over to the @aix_expo Facebook page to see our developers present their solutions to our expert panel of judges! https://t.co/EKbynRQ8uU #AIX2019 #AIX19 pic.twitter.com/YKmE083UqH— Passenger Technology Solutions (@PaxTechSolution) April 4, 2019
AIX truly is a must-attend event for the aviation industry and we thank the organisers for putting on an outstanding show for yet another year. We’re looking forward to next year already.