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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.
Routes Asia, Brisbane, Australia
18-20 March 2018
Routes Asia brings together leading airlines, airports and stakeholders to discuss air service to, from and within Asia-Pacific. The 2018 event will be hosted by a consortium comprising Brisbane Airport Corporation, Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism Events Queensland and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Passenger Terminal Expo, Stockholm, Sweden
20-22 March 2018
Passenger Terminal EXPO & CONFERENCE comes to Stockholm in 2018, 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
9 April 2018
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
10 April 2018
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 Expo, Hamburg, Germany
10-12 April 2018
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
10-12 April 2018
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.
MRO Americas, Orlando, USA
10-12 April 2018
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!
Aviation Africa, Cairo, Egypt
17-18 April 2018
Aviation Africa, the exhibition and summit covering the full aviation and aerospace spectrum across the African continent, is to hold its third edition in Cairo on 17-18 April 2018, under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation.
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.
ABACE, Shanghai, China
17-19 April 2018
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
17-19 April 2018
WATS 2018 will bring together the global aviation training community and deliver five independent and impartial conference streams alongside the sector’s biggest tradeshow.
ERA Regional Airlines Conference, Vienna, Austria
18-19 April 2018
The next ERA Regional Airline Conference will take place in Vienna on 18-19 April 2018.
Routes Europe, Bilbao, Spain
22-24 April 2018
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.
APEX Multimedia Market, Paris, France
23-25 April 2018
Further information to follow.
Aviation Festival Americas, Miami, USA
8-9 May 2018
Executives from full service and LCC airlines will gather at Aviation Festival Americas for two days of expert content and unmatched networking opportunities. From new business and revenue models to new technologies, airline executives will learn all they need to know about revenue in one place. With attendance by executives from carriers around the globe like United Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Norwegian Air, AeroMexico, and WestJet this event covers the hottest topics in the commercial aviation industry through 6 focuses: Low Cost, Aviation Strategy, Air Experience, Aviation IT, Aviation Marketing, and Aviation Interiors.
SITA IT Summit
Further information will follow.
ACI Regional Airports' Conference, Naples, Italy
14-16 May 2018
Further information will follow.
Airport Solutions, Mexico City, Mexico
23-24 May 2018
Airport Solutions Mexico is unique in that it will bring together the entire buying chain of the airport solutions industry, providing a platform to connect suppliers with key industry stakeholders and decision makers whilst assessing key issues and solutions in the innovative two day conference programme. The two-day B2B Airport Solutions Mexico exhibition and conference will be held 3-4 May 2017 at the Centro Banamex, Mexico City and is expected to attract more than 2,000 B2B buyers and 200 conference attendees.
World Airports Innovation Summit, Frankfurt, Germany
29-30 May 2018
The World Airports Innovation Summit 2018 ( WAIS 2018 ) will bring in fresh perspectives and the latest advancement on New Trends in Future Airports Development Planning, Master Planning and Expansion, Airport Economic and Public-Private Partnerships, Airport City Master Plan and New Terminal Expansion Issues, Modernization, Sustainability and Global Collaboration, Airport Security and Crisis Management, Smart Airport and Digital Technology Innovation, Commercialization and Retail Management.
EBACE, Geneva, Switzerland
29-31 May 2018
AP&M Europe, London, UK
30-31 May 2018
Airline purchasing & maintenance – the leading networking event for the commercial aviation aftermarket.
IATA AGM, Sydney, Australia
The IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world’s largest gathering of airline leaders.
GCA Summit, San Diego, USA
4-6 June 2018
The Global Connected Aircraft Summit provides airlines, operators, integrators, and technology vendors complete connected solutions – from ground to air and from nose to tail. The fourth annual event connects business, technology, and industry perspectives and goes beyond just in-flight entertainment, to include operations, communications and technologies that impacts the aircraft.
The British-Irish Airports EXPO, London, UK
The British-Irish Airports EXPO is where suppliers and service providers of all sizes showcase the latest solutions and concepts to the industry.
Our launch show in 2016 was by some distance the largest ever airport industry exhibition staged in Britain or Ireland, and a successful move to a significantly larger hall at the Birmingham NEC for 2017 was a sell-out success.
2018 will see the show move to London for the first time, hosted by Heathrow, presenting new opportunities on a larger scale, with the show expected to grow beyond 200+ exhibitors.
Aircraft Seating, Seattle USA
Maintain a competitive advantage and gain value through latest aircraft seating developments. Join industry experts from Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Virgin Australia, Adient, JPA design, FAA and many more at the 3rd International Conference Maintain a competitive advantage and gain value through latest aircraft seating developments. Join industry experts from Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Virgin Australia, Adient, JPA design, FAA and many more at the 3rd International Conference Aircraft Seating USA 2018 from 18-20 June 2018 in Seattle, WA.
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 annual SMART Airports & Regions conference and exhibition 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!
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.
IFSA Annual Conference & EXPO, Boston, USA
24-27 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
ERA General Assembly, Edinburgh, Scotland
9-11 October 2018
The annual member’s 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.