Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas 2015 to showcase international exhibitors equipping key sectors of the industry’s supply chain
With just two months to go, over 75 exhibiting companies are making their preparations to participate at Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas 2015 in Seattle from November 4-5, the largest dedicated aircraft interiors event in the Americas region, organised by Reed Exhibitions. Showcasing a broad spectrum of the cabin interiors market, such as aircraft interior design, cabin engineering and seating systems, the exhibitor list features Acro Aircraft Seating, BASF, ITT Enidine, Lufthansa Technik, PPG Aerospace, Sabic, Supracor and Victrex. Over 14 exhibitors will be making their debuts to include Aim Aerospace, Inc., Decorative Products, Flightweight, Shanghai Easun Group and Siasa Air.
According to a recent report from Technavio (www.technavio.com) entitled “Global Commercial Aircraft Cabin Interiors Market: Forecast Until 2019,” one of the significant regions for cabin interiors is the Americas and the overall market is rising as a result of increasing air passenger traffic. It has become imperative for airlines to improve passenger experience in terms of luxury and interiors. By investing in interiors, aircraft carriers look to attract customers and improve their market share.
The market therefore presents an attractive opportunity for aircraft cabin interior vendors to introduce improved seating design, upholstery, materials, colours, and other similar additions. The main findings of this Technavio report predict the market to reach a Compound Annual Growth Rate of more than 10 percent from 2015 to 2019.
This is reflected by the multitude of international airlines already registered to attend, including EgyptAir, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest and American Airlines.
Making its debut, award-winning aviation galley cart manufacturer, Flightweight, will be showcasing its innovative range of secure, lightweight trolleys at this year’s Seattle event. SmartCart, which will be displayed on the stand, recently won an Onboard Hospitality Award for food service equipment hardware and is the first and only product of its class to achieve EASA approval.
Designed to provide an alternative to heavy, badly-designed trolleys, SmartCart is 5kgs lighter than traditional carts - offering potentially significant fuel cost savings to commercial airlines. The trolley also uses a patented locking system and intelligent tracking technology to provide improved traceability and security right across the inflight catering supply chain.
Commenting on the company’s presence at the exhibition, Flightweight Chairman, Malcolm Mathieson, said: “Aviation is an industry that relies on strong partnerships and collaborative working to deliver innovations which improve performance and overcome challenges. We’re therefore looking forward to demonstrating SmartCart at Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, where attendees will be able to learn more about the benefits and features of our innovative trolley system in person.”
Following its debut at the 2104 edition, Acro Aircraft Seating, one of the fastest growing aircraft seating companies in the world, will again be exhibiting at Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas 2015. Based in the UK, Acro produces economy class seats with a focus on passenger comfort, robustness, ease of maintenance and light weight. Thanks to its fast growth, Acro Aircraft Seating has been honoured in this year's Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
Among the products which will be displayed in Seattle, there will be a prototype of Acro’s new Economy Class seat “Series 6.” The new Economy seat is as much an expression of simplicity as Acro’s current award-winning product lines. It is a completely redesigned fixed back new generation Economy Class seat. The key innovation is to do away with the standard aluminium tube frame and to replace it with a fully composite construction. This leads to increased passenger comfort, lighter weight and greater durability. Inspired by the best of 20th century furniture design, the Series 6 has been designed together with Factory Design, a London product design consultancy.
“With Acro seats now bringing greater comfort to the passengers of four well known US airlines, it’s a very exciting time for us,” said Cameron Allan, Executive Vice President for Acro Aircraft Seating.
In addition to a range of companies from around the world displaying the latest and innovative aircraft interiors products and services, there will also be an interactive forum for cabin development in the Americas market in the form of a two-day Seminar Program. This will incorporate a mix of keynote sessions, debates and case study sessions, providing a face to face arena for the exchange of information for aircraft interiors and travel catering industries.
The agenda will focus on some of the critical issues and innovations for evolving cabin ambience and real estate, with the emphasis on sharing insights and experiences relating to the product developments, methodologies and materials to accomplish the best on board interior solutions.
The opening session on 5 November is entitled “Next Generation Cabin Systems - Connecting and Controlling all Things Electric in the Cabin” to be presented by Dave Kingstone, Head of Business Development Americas, Intellicabin at BAE Systems.
“Next generation cabin systems are all about the integration, connection, and control of “all things electric” in the cabin - they will improve crew communication and interaction with one another, but most importantly how they can improve and enhance the customer experience, stated Mr Kingstone.”
Some of the topics to be addressed in this session will include how cabin system technology can provide the services passengers expect and provide revenue streams for airlines and the use of smart technology to allow crew to easily manage systems and power usage in the cabin and galley during flight.
“With Technavio’s report confirming the trend of increasing air traffic, particularly in the Americas region, Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas 2015 will provide the ideal platform for exhibitors and visitors to network and discuss the latest issues within the aircraft interiors industry. We look forward to welcoming all our exhibiting companies and visitors from around the world to what will be a busy but important event in Seattle,” said Katie Murphy, Senior Event Director of Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas.
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