The programme has been announced for this year’s CabinSpace Live, to be held on 14-16 June 2022 in Hamburg, Germany, as part of Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX). The event will include a session curated by Business Jet Interiors International magazine, where experts from Elizabeth Harvey Design, Movation EEIG and Seymourpowell will explore business and VIP jet interior trends.
More than 30 aviation industry experts will speak as part of this year’s CabinSpace Live seminar programme. Representatives from Finnair, Inflight Dublin, Inmarsat, Safran Seats, Cirium, Polygiene UK, ATR Aircraft, Sustainable Aero Lab, Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA), Deutsche Lufthansa and more will share their insights and expertise on the cabin of tomorrow and beyond. The full programme can be found here.
Running over three days, the free-to-attend seminar programme will shine a light on the most pressing topics impacting the cabin interiors sector – including the implementation of retrofit projects; making sustainable aviation a reality; designing a collaborative experience between seatback and personal electronic devices; streamlining connectivity; and the latest cabin interior hygiene innovations. Attendees will also learn of the current market challenges and outlook for the sector, with an exclusive market outlook briefing from Ascend by Cirium.
Sustainability will be one of the themes covered. A panel discussion led by Lukas Kaestner, co-founder of Sustainable Aero Lab, will explore the road to becoming a net-zero industry, and how new technologies, players and mindsets will play a role. Kaestner will be joined by representatives from Lufthansa CleanTech Hub, ATR Aircraft and the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research and President of the German Aeronautical Society (DGLR).
Business and VIP jet interior trends
Sustainability will also be one of the topics discussed in the session on business and VIP jet interior trends.
Elizabeth Harvey, owner and creative director of Elizabeth Harvey Design, will be joined by Michael Reichenecker, managing director of Movation EEIG, and Jeremy White, director of transport at Seymourpowell, for a wide-ranging discussion. Alongside sustainability, topics including cabin hygiene and emerging digital technologies will be discussed in terms of their impact on this most luxurious of aviation sectors, and in the context of the broader aviation market.
Accessible air travel
Population ageing and its impact on the aviation sector will be examined in a session with experts from Flying Disabled, Acumen and Collins Aerospace. Together they will question the impact of a global ageing and less mobile population; if airlines should reconfigure the cabin to keep them flying; and the fiscal impact of removing just one seat to facilitate accessible lavatories.
New trends and IFEC capabilities
Speakers from Finnair and Inflight Dublin will address how airlines can design a collaborative experience between seatback and personal devices to become more responsive to passenger needs. Meanwhile, a panel featuring experts from SmartSky Network, Inmarsat, SatCom, SES and One Web will reflect on passenger expectations for connectivity in the air, as they experience it at home, and what suppliers, airlines and business jet operators need to do to offer a streamlined connectivity experience whilst on the move.
Antimicrobial technologies and cabin hygiene
The CabinSpace Live seminar programme will help attendees understand how to improve cabin interior hygiene with antimicrobial technologies. Experts from VX Consulting, Polygiene UK and MGR Foamtex will clarify what antimicrobial technology is and how it can be used to complement cleaning regimes, the difference between disinfectant and antimicrobial, as well as virus and bacteria. Furthermore, the session will highlight where the technology should be considered, with examples from material suppliers, including E Leather and MGR Foamtex, that incorporate the technology into their products.
A path of success for women in aviation
A dedicated session at CabinSpace Live will celebrate the successes of women in aviation and reflect on the steps businesses can take to help create a better, smarter, more efficient and diverse industry overall. The panel, featuring speakers from ATR, SmartSky Networks, Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter (ICAA) and Safran Seats, will delve into the impact of traditional gender roles on women in the industry today, how companies can recruit more women and keep them, as well as creating a workplace environment that is inclusive and accommodating.
Celebrating the Crystal Cabin Awards winners
Attendees at the CabinSpace Live seminar programme can also hear directly from this year’s Crystal Cabin Award winners, discovering the solutions recognised by the judging panel in eight categories. These categories are Cabin Concepts, Cabin Systems, Health & Safety, IFEC & Digital Services, Material & Components, Passenger Comfort, Sustainable Cabin and University.
In addition to the educational programme, more than 600 cabin interior suppliers will return to Aircraft Interiors Expo this June, filling eight halls of the Hamburg Messe. AIX is also co-located with World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) and the Passenger Experience Conference.
“Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) brings the cabin interiors community together to share ideas and discuss the future challenges and trends in our sector and there is no better place to do that than at this year’s CabinSpace Live,” said Polly Magraw, event director, Aircraft Interiors Expo. “We’re delighted to unveil such an interesting and thought-provoking range of speakers and subjects for this year’s seminar programme. We aim to always be at the cutting edge of the cabin interiors industry, facilitating discussion and providing a place to source the latest insights and knowledge on emerging trends.”