Aircraft Interiors Expo

For the seventh time, international aviation experts will gather in Hamburg to attend the world's aircraft interiors show, taking place from April 1 to April 3, 2008. This year's Aircraft Interiors Expo is the first to be organised by Reed Exhibitions, the world's premier events company.

Over 500 exhibitors from 27 countries will be unveiling the latest in cabin technology at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH's (HMC) ultra-modern halls A1 to A4. One of the highlights of the trade fair will be the conferral of the Crystal Cabin Award. This unique award for excellence in aircraft cabin interior innovation was first presented last year by the Joint Initiative 'Hamburg–The Place for Aviation' and very well received.

The fair has become an absolute crowd puller. The organisers are expecting last year's attendance record of 11,700 visitors to be exceeded in 2008. So far, representatives of 120 different airlines have registered. And Reed Exhibitions is already making plans for next year. James Reader, Aircraft Interiors Expo spokesman, elaborates: "To accommodate the growth potential of the show the event will move into some of the refurbished halls at the venue. This will allow us to offer both more space to exhibitors but also to introduce new features to the show."

Bright prospects for Hamburg. Being the world's largest trade show for aircraft cabin systems, Aircraft Interiors Expo already epitomises the allure of Hamburg as an aviation industry location. Northern Germany's aviation sector is an internationally recognised competence centre for cabin technology, a position that is underscored by this show and the Crystal Cabin Awards. Some 35 percent of the exhibitors are from Germany.

The Joint Initiative, Hamburg – The Place for Aviation, was founded by Hamburg's aviation companies, associations, institutions, administration and institutes of higher education. Airbus Deutschland, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport, DGLR, VDI, Hanse-Aerospace e.V., Hecas e.V., the Hamburg Employment Agency of the Federal Agency of Employment, the trade union IG Metall, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the employers' association NORDMETALL and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg join forces to promote Hamburg – The place for aviation.

Their common goal is to present Hamburg on a national and international scale as one of the world's prime locations for the civil aviation industry, with bright prospects for both companies and employees. In recent decades, Hamburg has developed into a centre of excellence for all aspects of civil aviation, offering employment for more than 35,000 people. Thus, the Joint Initiative aims to substantially strengthen this position.

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