Reed Exhibitions has made the “difficult decision” to run the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) as a virtual event this year, to be held between September 14 and 16. Incorporating World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC), AIX was due to have been a live event scheduled to take place in Hamburg at the end of August, but will now run from 14-16 June 2022.

    Speaking about the announcement, event director at Reed Exhibitions Polly Magraw said: “We know how much people want to get back to meeting face-to-face.  But the situation around the world remains unpredictable due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing challenges and global restrictions on international travel faced by the global aviation sector.  We have, therefore, made the difficult decision to postpone our physical events to June 2022.

    “This has been another incredibly difficult decision to take, and we are very disappointed that we will not be able to bring the industry together in person [this year], but we believe it is the right course of action at this time.”

    By transitioning to a virtual platform, Reed says its events “remain committed to supporting the cabin interiors and onboard services community by providing a place to reconnect and share ideas to accelerate the industry’s recovery. The event will create new ways for airlines and the supply chain to find solutions, discover the latest innovations and make important business connections.” 

    “We remain extremely grateful to all our stakeholders, partners, exhibitors and visitors for their understanding and patience and we look forward to seeing you all face to face again between 14 and 16 June 2022 at the Hamburg Messe,” concluded Polly Magraw.

    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.