Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) have announced the first details of the new virtual events, which will take place online from 14-16 September.

    From Hamburg to screens around the world

    Hosted on a fully digital platform, AIX and WTCE Virtual will enable the entire supply chain of cabin interior and onboard services professionals to reconnect at a critical time to accelerate the industry’s recovery.

    It will unite the community online for three full days of targeted business meetings, a comprehensive programme of thought leadership content comprising up to 30 sessions and 70 speakers, plus the opportunity to discover the latest products and services.

    Taking the AIX and WTCE experience online will “offer the full supply chain the chance to engage and discuss new business opportunities at the click of a button”, according to the organiser.

    A new way to spark ideas

    Attendees will be able to register for the online event to gain access to a personalised diary, where they can pre-schedule meetings, watch live conference sessions and browse solutions from some of the leading businesses from around the world.

    Attendees also have the option to contact favourite suppliers and conduct drop-in meetings during the event via a chat function, with the option to start a video call if required, all without leaving the platform.

    The event’s smart AI appointment system also allows buyers to match their needs with leading suppliers to ensure they meet the right people, thereby offering solutions that cater to their business requirements.

    Insights on the future of the passenger experience 

    In addition to invaluable sourcing opportunities, the event’s Passenger Experience Conference will provide the latest insights, with the industry’s most prominent thought leaders coming together to discuss the emerging challenges facing the sector as it focuses on recovery. A full programme of topics and speakers will be announced in due course.

    Running alongside the Passenger Experience Conference, tailored sessions for aircraft interiors and onboard catering professionals will also be available.

    WTCE’s Taste of Travel programme will return, taking a deep dive into the prevalent challenges facing the catering and travel retail sectors.

     AIX Sessions will also offer inspiration for the cabin interiors, inflight entertainment and passenger comfort industries.

    All Taste of Travel and AIX Sessions will be available on-demand during the event, meaning attendees can enjoy the flexibility of the virtual offering, while maximising networking time and the chance to source new products during the event.

    Products and solutions on display 

    With the industry missing out on the opportunity to see and test products in person, AIX and WTCE Virtual will bring the show floor to life online. Attendees can explore new products and solutions from a range of exhibitors across the supply chain, with product demonstrations offering insights into the key benefits and functionality of services on show.

    A deep dive into the product directory will also enable attendees to view the full product offering from participating exhibitors. An array of innovative products on show will help to elevate the passenger experience and tackle the current challenges facing both the cabin interiors and onboard services industry in 2021 and beyond.

    AIX and WTCE Virtual replace the live editions, which will not take place in 2021 due to the ongoing challenges and global restrictions on international travel. AIX and WTCE will return in person from 14-16 June 2022 at the Hamburg Messe.

    Last summer, AIX announced the launch of a dedicated Business Jet Interiors Zone. Launching following extensive consultation with suppliers and AIX attendees, the new zone will offer the sector’s buyers a more tailored experience, with the full spectrum of aircraft interiors represented at the show.

    The new zone will feature the latest seating, furnishings and IFEC solutions, as well as in-flight systems, avionics, galley equipment and other products and services required to make discerning business aviation cabins.