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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 yellow.
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.
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.
ATAG Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, Geneva, Switzerland
2-3 October 2018
Organised by ATAG in cooperation with CANSO, ACI, IATA AND ICCAIA
Join airlines, airports, ANSPs, manufacturers, suppliers, governments, regulators, NGOs, environmental groups and stakeholders for the 10th ATAG Global Sustainable Aviation Summit.
The Summit will bring together a wide-range of speakers and experts from aviation, businesses, governments and international organisations, to discuss:
- Progress towards achieving carbon-neutral growth
- Countdown to CORSIA
- Latest developments in sustainable alternative fuels
- Empowering employees to be sustainably responsible
- Sustainable mobility and aviation’s role
- Encouraging diversity in aviation’s workforce
- The future through the eyes of CEOs and millennials
- Noise and communities
- Wildlife and human trafficking
- Cabin waste
- Sustainable development for airports and ANSPs
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
RAAA Annual Convention, Queensland, Australia
24-26 October 2018
Join senior aviation professionals from regional airlines, suppliers to the regional aviation industry and government agencies to hear the latest security, operational issues, training and regulatory developments affecting the industry.
Global Air Traffic Management, Dubai
5-6 November 2018
The Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) exhibition will take place on 05-06 November 2018 at Roda Al Bustan. The two day exhibition, conference and seminar programme provides an opportunity to network and hear from industry leaders on the demands of an ever-changing ATM environment and will see recognised senior airspace policy experts addressing these issues and developing workable solutions that can be implemented in the MENA region. It will provide a platform for air traffic managers, authorities, airlines and equipment suppliers to interact, debate and define key challenges and to offer products and solutions.
Commercial Aviation Services Asia-Pacific, Singapore
6-8 November 2018
Introducing Aviation Week Network’s Commercial Aviation Services, Asia-Pacific! Join us for the most comprehensive conferences, exhibition and networking events for the commercial supply chain and aftermarket. Learn more about each segment of this fully immersive event.
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.
Innovative Aircraft Seating, Hamburg, Germany
4-7 December 2018
Join IQPC’s 9th International Conference Innovative Aircraft Seating 2018 from 4 – 7 December in Hamburg, Germany and get insights on:
- Aircraft seating for business and private jet
- Cabin design beyond the seat
- Passenger experience for the economy class and millenials‘ expectations
- Connectivity & IoT
- Cabin and seat preventive maintenance
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
Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), co-located with MRO Middle East, will take place on 11-12 February 2019 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The two-day exhibition is the ideal platform for interiors suppliers, providers and buyers to network and establish new relationships in the Middle East. AIME showcases cutting edge designs, innovative cabin fittings and technological advancements for the Middle East’s rapidly developing aviation market. Meet over 500 Airline visitors, network with more than 4,800 high level attendees and browse products and solutions from over 330 exhibitors. AIME 2019 also features the sixth annual Inflight Workshop.
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 returns on 27 – 28 February 2019 in Singapore and brings together 9 co-located events: World Low-Cost Congress, Aviation Marketing, Air IT, AirXperience, Aviation Human Capital, Air Retail and Airport T.EX and brand new for 2019, Airline Revenue & Distribution and AI Aviation. In 2019, the festival will host over 2,500 attendees, 1,000 airline and airport representatives, 180 speakers and 100 exhibition booths. The festival will take place over two days with over 150 presentations, 24 roundtable debates and networking making it 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.
Global Connected Aircraft Summit, Torrey Pines, USA
10-13 June 2019
The Global Connected Aircraft Summit brings together the world’s largest airlines and companies from all across the aerospace and avionics industries to assess market lessons, potential demand and best practices in global connected solutions for the passenger, airline efficiency, and cutting edge services.
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.
Paris Airshow, Paris, France
17-23 June 2019
The 53rd show will take place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions from 17 to 23 June 2019, and once again will bring together all the players in this global industry around the latest technological innovations. The first four days of the Show will be reserved for trade visitors, followed by three days open to the general public.
Paris Air Forum, Paris, France
21 June 2019
Created in 2014 by Aéroport de Paris, La Tribune and Forum Media, the Paris Air Forum brings together a succession of debates, conferences and keynotes involving the personalities that make the news, major decision makers and experts in the aerospace, defense and space sectors. The objective: to decipher the challenges of the present and the challenges of the future to better address the challenges of tomorrow. As with every edition, the new generations are an integral part of this reflection with the presence of some twenty of the most innovative startups in the Innovation Village, they are the ones who open the sessions with percussive pitches.
EAA Airventure, Oshkosh, USA
22-28 July 2019
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.