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Aircraft Interiors 09: Air transport misfortune is cabin suppliers? opportunity

16th December 2008 - 13:39 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Next year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo is set to be the biggest in the event’s ten-year history despite the ever steepening downturn in the global economy, according to organiser Reed Exhibitions.

“Change brings with it opportunities,” says Expo consultant Vern Alg, a former director of project management at Continental Airlines. “For example, the consolidation of airlines will almost certainly be accelerated by the downturn. This will create a need for fresh liveries and designs as the reinvented entities seek to stamp their new corporate identities.”

Next year’s Expo is due to return to its customary Hamburg venue on March 31-April 2. Among the emerging themes is the contribution of the interiors industry to aircraft weight and fuel savings. “Expo 09 will showcase weight-saving solutions across a range of equipment and components,” says Alg. “The industry is also responding to the airlines’ need to accommodate more passengers without compromising comfort.”

Overall, says Alg, the challenge to the industry in the coming months is to cut costs while maintaining its own profits and not adversely affecting the passenger experience.


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