SmartPlane is a forum which brings together the main decision makers in the IFEC market, allowing them to obtain exact and reliable information on the market and meet and discuss with actual and potential business partners.
HMG Aerospace is a proud media partner with major industry events throughout the aviation calendar. Hover over the listings below for more information on each event. Events partnered with one or more of our brands are highlighted in red.
To find out how your event can be listed on this page or if you are interested in discussing a media partnership with one of our titles, please contact Marketing and Communications Manager Ross McSweeny.
Farnborough Airshow, Farnborough, UK
16-22 July 2018
Farnborough International Airshow, where a long history rich in pioneering heritage meets cutting edge technology. The show brings the world’s aviation community together to do business and innovate.
SMART Airports and Regions, Edmonton, Canada
23-25 July 2018
The SMART AIRPORTS & REGIONS Conference & Exhibition, taking place in Edmonton, Canada, 23 – 25 July 2018, is the premier event covering how SMART Airports and their adjacent regions are leveraging “Connectivity” to stimulate “Innovation and Opportunity”. This annual event will explore the catalytic effect and critical success factors covering the economic development ecosystem of SMART Airports and the regions they serve, integrate and connect with.
EAA Airventure, Oshkosh, USA
23-29 July 2018
The airplanes bring us together. The people keep us coming back. Meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, and discover the spirit of Oshkosh each summer at EAA AirVenture.
The Air Carriers Purchasing Conference, Orlando, USA
18-21 August 2018
The ACPC brings together buyers and sellers of aviation related goods and services. The ACPC offers members a fair and level environment to network in various business and social agendas.
Inter Airport China, China
5-7 September 2018
As China’s largest and most influential trade show in the field of airport construction, inter airport china is also an international event creating opportunities for in-depth cooperation and exchanges between buyers and sellers of airport industry, accelerating construction and boosting innovation-driven development.
Aviation Festival Europe, London, UK
5-7 September 2018
The Aviation Festival brings together the most innovative airlines and airports to discuss all aspects of customer experience management. No matter where your interest lies – low cost carriers, full service carriers, passenger experience, IT systems, retail or loyalty – we have content, networking and new partners for you!
MTB Aviation, Lake Maggiore, Italy
5-8 September 2018
MTB – ‘Meet the Buyer’ is a programme of one to one appointments between Senior Managers, Technical Purchasing Managers, Senior Officers, Analysts & Buyers from the global airline community, including Low-Cost, Emerging & Regional, together with Supplier Companies from all areas of the aviation industry.
Aero-Engines Europe, Hamburg, Germany
12-13 September 2018
Aero-Engines Europe is the only event in the region to focus specifically on the aero engine aftermarket over two days of networking, technical presentations, analysis and panel discussions.
World Routes, Guangzhou, China
15-18 September 2018
World Routes provides an unrivalled platform for route development professionals to discuss, develop and plan route strategy. provides an efficient cost and time-saving platform for organisations wishing to develop and expand their route networks.
RAA Annual Convention, Long Beach, USA
23-26 September 2018
Whether it’s playing golf with industry peers, learning about RAA’s efforts to recruit the next generation of aviation professionals, participating in educational sessions or networking with potential customers, there is no shortage of opportunities at #RAA18 for you to join in!
IFSA Annual Conference & EXPO, Boston, USA
24-26 September 2018
The APEX/IFSA EXPO is designed to assure that all aspects of the airline passenger experience are highlighted, discussed and explored. The entire EXPO—from the floor plan of the exhibition hall to the educational sessions through to the show guide—has been developed around the three core areas of the passenger experience:
- Entertainment & Connectivity
- Comfort & Ambience
- Catering & Services
APEX EXPO, Boston, USA
24-27 September 2018
APEX EXPO is the industry’s largest PaxEx event exclusive to experts and decision-makers committed to elevating the level of the worldwide airline passenger experience. The four-day premier event features top-notch seminars led by industry experts, the latest and most comprehensive display of airline related technologies, products and services, and valuable networking opportunities. The EXPO will attract more than 3,000 industry professionals, including representatives from nearly 100 airlines and some 300 content providers, OEMs, systems manufacturers and other industry suppliers from around the globe. The EXPO will also be co-located with International Flight Services Association Conference & Expo and Aircraft Interiors Expo.
Global Airport and Passenger Symposium, Athens, Greece
2-4 October 2018
The Global Airport and Passenger Symposium (GAPS) is the platform to discuss the impact of existing processes in the passenger journey and explore how future needs, trends and solutions will shape the way we travel. The Symposium will bring together industry experts, senior airline and airport executives, government authorities and solution providers to explore current opportunities, challenges and recommend solutions to shape the future travel experience.
Airport Solutions, Dubai, UAE
8-9 October 2018
Join the airport community to discuss the biggest disruptors facing the industry; biometrics, AI, blockchain, robotics, IoT, big data and futurist technologies for the airports of tomorrow.
ERA General Assembly, Edinburgh, Scotland
9-11 October 2018
The annual members only event from the European Regions Airlines Association.
MRO Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands
16-18 October 2018
Be part of Europe’s leading conference and exhibition where airlines, MROs, suppliers, OEMs, regulators, lessors, and industry experts converge to explore and define the aviation maintenance industry.
16-18 October 2018
Join 27,000 industry professionals for the three most important days of business aviation in the year. Ranked as the sixth largest trade show in the United States, the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) will be held Oct. 16-18, 2018, bringing together current and prospective aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place to get critical work accomplished.
International Conference Digital Aerodrome Towers, Hamburg, Germany
23-25 October 2018
SAAB Digital Air Traffic Solutions, NATS, IATA, HungaroControl, IAA, Searidge Technologies, and many more are meeting to discuss new approaches for enhancing aerodrome efficiencies. How to make the aerodrome system profitable and what solutions are there to support the adoption of new techniques? Meet these and other aviation professions at the International Conference Digital Aerodrome Towers, 23 – 25 October 2018, Hamburg, Germany
MRO Asia-Pacific, Singapore
6-8 November 2018
The Commercial Aviation Services Asia-Pacific event will comprehensively cover all aspects of the commercial aircraft – from nose to tail – at one time, in three days with one major exhibition hall. The event, taking place at the Singapore EXPO Convention Exhibition Centre, will bring together significant components of the aircraft’s life-cycle. See below for a detailed view of what awaits you in Singapore this November!
Inflight Asia-Pacific, Singapore
7-8 November 2018
Inflight Asia-Pacific offers a regional forum dedicated to IFEC and cabin interiors technology. The popular format offers leading manufacturers and suppliers a highly targeted audience of airline buyers and industry influencers. With exhibitors displaying their latest product advances and workshop sessions exploring key topical developments affecting the market, the event provides valuable insight to inform future strategic decisions.
Aviation Show Measa, Dubai, UAE
13-14 November 2018
The regions only conference offering something for every airline and airport department. From low cost travel to millennial marketing, from air retail to IT infrastructure.
Accelerate: Aviation, London, UK
14-15 November 2018
Accelerate: Aviation is the premier event where senior professions from airlines, airports, and the wider aviation industry come together to discuss the key strategic issues that the industry faces. Through discussion on topics including digital transformation, passenger experience, distribution, and more – Accelerate: Aviation provides you with the tools to better understand the future of the industry, giving your company the strategic advantage to turn knowledge into profitability.
Airport Solutions, Indonesia
5-6 December 2018
The Airport Solutions Indonesia conference and exhibition is unique in attracting the entire airports & aviation buying chain from manufacturers, airport operators, developers, regulators and investors, through to end users.
MEBAA, Dubai, UAE
10-12 December 2018
MEBAA Show is the foremost business aviation platform for the Middle East offering you unrivalled access to the business aviation market in a highly focused environment.
Airfinance Journal, Dublin, Ireland
22-24 January 2019
In 2018, the premium event for aviation finance returns to the Convention Centre in Dublin.
AIME, Dubai, UAE
11-12 February 2019
AIME is a two-day exhibition and conference providing the ideal platform for interiors suppliers, providers and buyers to network and establish new relationships in the Middle East. AIME is a must-attend event delivering the latest innovations in aircraft interiors. AIME is held at Dubai World Trade Centre. As the Middle East’s only aircraft interiors event, AIME 2019 will feature around 300 exhibitors and hundreds of airline attendees from 100+ airlines from all over the world.
MRO Middle East, Dubai, UAE
11-12 February 2019
MRO Middle East, co-located with Aircraft Interiors Middle East, is the Gulf region’s leading conference and trade show for commercial aircraft maintenance. This is the one opportunity you have in this region to discover the crucial issues impacting the MRO industry today and to engage colleagues, customers, peers, and competitors from all segments of the business. Network with the people that are fostering growth in the region, developing cutting-edge technology, and pushing the MRO industry forward.
Inflight Middle East, Dubai, UAE
11-12 February 2019
Since the inaugural event in 2013, Inflight Middle East has firmly established itself as the premier IFEC event in the gulf region. In 2018, the show expanded to encompass carriers based in North Africa, too. Taking place as an official event of Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), the Inflight Pavilion, Workshop and Awards offers a regional forum dedicated to IFEC and cabin technology.
Routes Americas, Quebec City, Canada
12-14 February 2019
The 12th Routes Americas will take place in Quebec City, Canada and is your opportunity to meet with senior decision makers from the region’s airlines, airports and destinations to discuss new market opportunities and the evolution of existing services.
Aviation Africa, Kigali, Rwanda
27-28 February 2019
Aviation Africa, the exhibition and summit covering the full aviation and aerospace spectrum across the African continent.
Under the theme ‘Building blocks for North African revival’ the two-day summit will focus on the key drivers to grow business and opportunities across North Africa. Alongside the summit will be an exhibition area featuring more than fifty exhibitors.
Aviation Festival Asia, Singapore
27-28 February 2019
Aviation Festival Asia brings together 7 co-located events: World Low-Cost Congress, Aviation Marketing, Air IT, AirXperience, Aviation Human Capital, Air Retail and Airport T.EX. In 2018, the Aviation Festival will host over 2,000 attendees, 1,000 airline and airport representatives, 150 speakers and 100 exhibition booths.
The festival will take place over two days with over 150 presentations, 24 roundtable debates and loads of networking. The festival will be an experience and one designed to help the attendees get the most out of the two days. Aviation Festival Asia serves as a true one-stop shop for the aviation industry. Join us and meet industry leaders.
Routes Asia, Cebu, Philippines
10-12 March 2019
Routes Asia brings together leading airlines, airports and stakeholders to discuss air service to, from and within Asia-Pacific.
Passenger Terminal EXPO, London, UK
26-28 March 2019
Passenger Terminal EXPO & CONFERENCE comes to London in 2019, and will once again provide the most significant opportunity for airports and airlines to debate current issues and form business relationships on a global scale. With 7,000+ people from at least 100 countries attending each year, Passenger Terminal Expo showcases the very latest products, services and technologies and provides an exceptional opportunity to see industry leaders share their innovations, knowledge and insight.
Passenger Experience Conference, Hamburg, Germany
1 April 2019
Attend the leading global conference and networking forum discussing the strategic issues surrounding cabin innovation, consumer expectations and strategies for profitability within the cabin.
Crystal Cabin Award, Hamburg, Germany
2 April 2019
The Crystal Cabin Award is the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, donated by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and released by the Crystal Cabin Award Association. This unique honour for outstanding cabin products and concepts was presented for the first time ever on April 17th, 2007 during the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The Crystal Cabin Award’s main intention is to initiate a significant improvement in passenger comfort.
AIX, Hamburg, Germany
2-4 April 2019
Aircraft Interiors Expo is the world’s leading event for airlines and the supply chain to source the latest innovations, technologies and products for the cabin interiors, inflight entertainment and passenger comfort industries.
WTCE, Hamburg, Germany
2-4 April 2019
WTCE is the leading global event for the travel catering, onboard retail and passenger comfort industries. Showcasing the latest onboard products and services to an international audience of airline buyers and rail operators.
Routes Europe, Hannover, Germany
8-10 April 2019
Routes Europe is the largest regional Routes event and an essential forum for all companies with an aviation focus, looking to conduct business to, from and within the European region.
MRO Americas, Orlando, USA
9-11 April 2019
MRO Americas connects customers, clients and colleagues from across the aviation aftermarket sector. This 360° networking and learning experience incorporates drill down and informative conference sessions with an unparalleled exhibition floor providing numerous social and business opportunities. The event delivers a comprehensive mix of innovative products, technologies, offerings and services. MRO Americas is where the industry comes together, year after year, to engage, develop, discuss and grow!
ABACE, Shanghai, China
16-18 April 2019
ABACE brings together thousands of business aviation leaders, entrepreneurs and other purchase decision-makers. In partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) and cohosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), ABACE takes place at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre.
WATS, Orlando, USA
30 April- 2 May 2019
WATS 2019 will bring together the global aviation training community and deliver five independent and impartial conference streams alongside the sector’s biggest tradeshow.
Aviation Festival Americas, Miami, USA
14-15 May 2019
Aviation Festival Americas 2019 is bringing together CEOs, CIOs, CCOs, and CMOs from low cost airlines, global carriers and airports.
LARA Global, London, UK
16-17 May 2019
LARA Global, the new global event dedicated to low-fare and regional aviation. LARA Global will unite key international stakeholders in this effervescent sector, bringing the airlines, airframe manufacturers, engine suppliers, MRO facilitators, and everyone in between… together. The two-day conference will feature some of the sector’s most innovative thought-leaders to provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking, education and collaboration. It will also see the launch of the inaugural LARA awards, recognising the industry’s most outstanding contributions. For professionals currently working in low-fare and regional aviation, or with a vested interest in how the market is evolving, this is an event you simply cannot miss.
21-23 May 2019
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2019) is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community. The exhibition brings together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, flight department personnel, avionics firms, fractional providers, charter/lease companies and all manner of people involved in nearly every aspect of business aviation. This is the perfect venue for investors considering aviation as a business opportunity; companies thinking of using an aircraft for business; and flight departments who have long used aircraft as a valuable business tool. Visit the website to learn more and register today.
IATA, Seoul, South Korea
2-4 June 2019
The IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world’s largest gathering of airline leaders.
ap&m, Frankfurt, Germany
5-6 June 2018
Airline purchasing & maintenance – the leading networking event for the commercial aviation aftermarket.
Connect, Cagliari, Sardinia
5-7 June 2019
CONNECT Route Development Forum is now in its 16th year. Each annual CONNECT event brings together over 600 aviation decision makers including more than 65 airlines and 250 represented airports to discuss current and future air transport links. The events format is designed to deliver a total networking experience, blending formal and informal meeting opportunities for all delegates combined with our exclusive excursion programme to discover key elements of the Host destination.
The British Irish Airports Expo, London, UK
11-12 June 2019
The British-Irish Airports EXPO is where suppliers and service providers of all sizes showcase the latest solutions and concepts to the industry.