Aircraft Interiors Expo Forecast Sessions
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Aircraft Interiors Expo
FlightGlobal Forecast Sessions

FlightGlobal, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, is delighted to announce that our forecast sessions are returning to the Aircraft Interiors Expo on the 10th and 11th April in the CabinSpace LIVE seminar theatre, Hamburg.

Day 1

Forecasts in the interiors market

Tuesday 10th


Consolidation and the interiors supply chain: What does the latest round of M&A activity mean for both airframe OEMs and suppliers?

  • What are the drivers for consolidation in the interiors market?
  • Will this lead to an easing of supply chain pressures in the face of rising production rates?
  • Is there more consolidation to come?


Jim Gilhooly, Partner, Achieving the Difference

Dr. Franz Josef Kirschfink, Managing Director, Hamburg Aviation

Tuesday 10th


1-2-1 Networking; Meet the speakers

Tuesday 10th


The future of IFE: Embedded, wireless, BYOD or immersive?

  • Which innovations are helping to ensure embedded IFE maintains its relevance?
  • What impact is the increasing prevalence of personal ‘phablets’ and tablets having on passenger behaviour?
  • Will inflight broadband upset the status quo by enabling content streaming to personal devices?

Moderator: Max Kingsley-Jones, Executive Director Content, FlightGlobal


Kevin Clark, CEO, Bluebox Aviation
Paulo S. Miranda, Chief Experience Officer, GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes
Lukas Bucher, Head of Connectivity Programs, Lufthansa Technik
Tomasz Ostojski, Director of Inflight Services Department & Chief Cabin Crew, Small Planet Aero
Scott Ralston, VP of Product Management, IFE, GOGO
Babar Rahman, Senior Manager, Inflight Entertainment/Connectivity, Qatar Airlines
Viasat (speaker tbc)

Tuesday 10th


Flight Ascend Market outlook briefing: What does the future hold for production rates and retirements?

  • Will low fuel prices persist, sustaining the market for cabin retrofits?
  • Are Airbus and Boeing on track to hit their ambitious production-rate targets?
  • What are the prospects for new market entrants such as the C-Series, C919 and MC-21, and new product studies such as the Boeing NMA?

Rob Morris, Global Head of Consultancy, Flight Ascend Consultancy

Day 2

Challenges and trends in the MRO landscape

Wednesday 11th


Predictive maintenance and the connected aircraft

  • What impact will the launch of OEM/MRO ‘Big Data’ platforms (Skywise, Analytics, Aviatar etc.) have on in-flight connectivity requirements?
  • Does it make sense to transmit raw aircraft health data in real time, or can the diagnostics be performed on board?
  • How will aircraft be connected to the Internet of Things, to ensure spare parts are in the right place at the right time?

Moderator: Andrew Doyle, Director, Aerospace Market, FlightGlobal


Jan Stoevesand, Senior Director Analytics and Data Solutions, Lufthansa Technik

TJ Horsager, Director of Product Management, Connected Aircraft Service, GOGO

Loren Bolstridge, Manager, Cabin Avionics Engineering, Delta Airlines

Dave Bourdages, Vice-President In-Flight Service and Commissary, Air Transat

Wednesday 11th

11:30 - 12:30

Making IFE accessible for everyone

  • How can IFE systems be adapted for use by passengers with visual impairments and/or other disabilities?
  • Will accessibility requirements be mandated in the future?
  • Taking personalisation to the next level with passenger-centric analytics
  • How are airlines tailoring their approach to new revenue streams?

Moderator: Max Kingsley-Jones, Executive Director Content, FlightGlobal


David Brown, Director, Business Development, Bluebox Aviation

Jan-Peter Gaense, Head of Passenger Experience, Lufthansa Systems

James Mellon, Aviation Research Analyst, FlightGlobal Data

Wednesday 11th


1-2-1 networking; Meet the speakers

Wednesday 11th


End-of-life cabin equipment; can the industry reach consensus on doing the right thing?

  • Can cabin equipment be disposed of responsibly in a cost-effective way?
  • What are the options for owners of obsolete inventory?
  • How should end-of-life provisions be built into purchase contracts?

Moderator: Andrew Doyle, Director, Aerospace Market, FlightGlobal


Professor Dieter Scholz, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Mustafa Emre Uzunhüseyinoğlu, Cabin Interior Chief Engineer, Turkish Airlines

Sidney Xie, Deputy Director, Engineering & Maintenance, Hong Kong Airlines

Tony Dixon, Aviation Consultant

Upcoming webinar on IFE&C

Can’t wait until April, sign up for our webinar which will look at “The size of the price of IFE&C in the single-aisle market.”

This will help you power your strategic analysis of the interiors market with insight from an authoritative and independent view, as well as develop your views on the trends in the market.

Webinar Recording


Bluebox’s IFE portfolio includes the latest innovations in tablet-based and wireless IFE solutions – such as Bluebox Wow portable wireless IFE. Providing airlines cost-effective alternatives to seatback IFE systems, Bluebox IFE solutions fulfil a range of IFE needs, such as: service enhancement, ancillary revenue, service recovery, accessibility.

Bluebox’s latest innovation – Bluebox aIFE – is an accessible IFE solution for passengers with sight loss. Virgin Atlantic, a partner in development, launched the platform fleet-wide on 1 December 2017, making it the first global airline to offer accessible IFE on every flight.

Viasat connects people to fast, high-quality internet and communications services- even in the hardest to reach places. Our premium satellite-based internet service empowers global airlines to deploy revenue-generating business models that increase passenger loyalty and satisfaction and aid business operation effectiveness. Our in-flight internet system gives millions of passengers daily the freedom to stream content; browse, shop, email and watch live sports; and engage on social media. Simultaneously, pilots, crew and operations teams can access meaningful data using our software and mobile apps. Our future-proofed platform optimizes the fully connected aircraft at scale for years to come.

Gogo is the Inflight Internet Company. We are the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation. We design and source innovative network solutions that connect aircraft to the Internet. We develop customizable services for our aviation partners. Once connected, we provide industry leading reliability around the world. Our mission is to help aviation go farther by making planes fly smarter, so our aviation partners perform better and their passengers travel happier. You can find Gogo’s products and services on thousands of aircraft operated by the leading global commercial airlines and thousands of private aircraft, including those of the largest fractional ownership operators. Gogo is headquartered in Chicago, IL with additional facilities in Broomfield, CO and locations across the globe.

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Who will you meet...

In 2017 we were joined by more than 530 attendees for our forecast sessions that took place across the 2 days.

They came from various industries but OEMs dominated the audience. Of those registered ahead of the conference 54% came from an OEM, with 9% coming from both MROs, airlines and air travel providers.

In relation to the types of contacts you will make, last year there was a real mix of job titles. Senior Management making up the second largest segment, equating for 14% of the registered audience.