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The Inflight Workshop provides an open forum on the exhibition floor for lively debates on key topical issues led by expert panels of IFEC industry leaders.

Senior professionals from across major carriers, IFEC manufacturers and suppliers offer their opinion on topical issues affecting the market, discuss the latest product innovations and review recent developments in business strategy. Previous events have attracted panellists from major and regional Middle Eastern airlines, leading suppliers and innovative start-up entrepreneurs all listening to and debating on topical themes within the IFEC sector. The workshop is staged within the Inflight Pavilion of the AIME exhibition hall, with a diverse programme spanning two days.

Browse the session themes below for more information on the 2018 programme. The workshop culminates with the annual Inflight awards ceremony.

2018 Workshop schedule

Day one: 23 January 2018

11.00: Welcome address

11.15–12.00: Session 1 – Connectivity

12.45–13.15: Lunchtime educational – IFEC market intelligence

13.30–14.15: Session 2 – Mood lighting

14.30–15.15: Session 3 – Ancillary revenues

15.30–16.15: Session 4 – Content provision

Day two: 24 January 2018

10.45: Opening address

11.00-11.45: Session 5 – IFE retrofitting

12.00-12.45: Session 6 – Electrical infrastructure

13.30-14.15: Session 7 – Passenger accessibility

14.20: Awards ceremony

 

Refreshments will be available throughout each day during the session breaks.

Session 1: Connectivity

Tuesday 23 January 2018: 11.15-12.00

How are satellite operators and service providers responding to increased airline demand?

As more and more airlines offer in-flight connectivity to passengers, this session will explore options for future investment to increase capacity, including next generation high-throughput satellites and advances in antenna technology.

Key discussion points:

  • Demand and supply – is there enough capacity (current and planned) to meet the needs of passengers today and tomorrow?
  • Merits of owning versus leasing satellite capacity
  • Can the on-board experience ever truly match the on-ground experience?
  • To what extent (and how) can IFC be a revenue generator? Can efficiencies through operational use recoup some of the costs involved?
  • Key considerations as airlines upgrade their solutions (importance of the three C’s: capacity, coverage and consistency)
  • Challenges still to be overcome

Craig Foster
Moderator
Valour Consultancy

Craig is co-founder and senior research consultant at Valour Consultancy, global leaders in IFEC market intelligence.

Craig has extensive experience covering a wide variety of technology markets including the Internet of Things, M2M, smart home, smart grid, home energy management, maritime VSAT as well as in-flight entertainment and connectivity. Foster has been an industry analyst for eight years and is based in Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Prior to his work at Valour Consultancy, he was a principal analyst at ABI Research and a market analyst at IMS Research. At ABI, he launched a new research area devoted to the smart home, before focusing his efforts on expanding the company’s IoT portfolio. At IMS, Foster’s research focused on the power transmission and low voltage products markets after which he moved on to take responsibility for the company’s then-nascent aerospace research group.

Foster is a regular participant at Inflight events and a regular contributor to Inflight magazine.

Lunchtime educational: IFEC market intelligence

Tuesday 23 January 2018: 12.45-13.15

Market intelligence you can trust.

During this informal lunchtime discussion, Valour Consultancy’s Craig Foster will be on hand to share his invaluable insight into the future of in-flight entertainment and connectivity. A detailed breakdown of current market trends and likely future market direction will be followed by a Q&A session. A unique opportunity to inform your future strategy.

Craig Foster
Presenter
Valour Consultancy

Craig is co-founder and senior research consultant at Valour Consultancy, global leaders in IFEC market intelligence.

Craig has extensive experience covering a wide variety of technology markets including the Internet of Things, M2M, smart home, smart grid, home energy management, maritime VSAT as well as in-flight entertainment and connectivity. Foster has been an industry analyst for eight years and is based in Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Prior to his work at Valour Consultancy, he was a principal analyst at ABI Research and a market analyst at IMS Research. At ABI, he launched a new research area devoted to the smart home, before focusing his efforts on expanding the company’s IoT portfolio. At IMS, Foster’s research focused on the power transmission and low voltage products markets after which he moved on to take responsibility for the company’s then-nascent aerospace research group.

Foster is a regular participant at Inflight events and a regular contributor to Inflight magazine.

Session 2: Mood lighting

Tuesday 23 January 2018: 13.30-14.15

The impact of lighting on passenger experience is well documented, but how can airlines turn this into a tangible return on investment?

This session will explore how operators can use lighting to reinforce branding and create ancillary revenue opportunities while providing health benefits to passengers and crew alike. What developments are taking place in lighting technology to realise these goals?

Alexander Preston
Moderator
Inflight

Alexander is editor of the Inflight media portfolio.

Inflight’s bi-monthly magazine and comprehensive digital news services provide the premier independent coverage of the in-flight entertainment, connectivity and cabin technology sectors.

Alexander is a respected writer and keynote speaker, regularly participating in industry events around the globe. He brings extensive knowledge and expertise of the latest developments affecting IFEC and passenger experience.

Session 3: Ancillary revenues

Tuesday 23 January 2018: 14.30-15.15

How are airlines exploiting new revenue opportunities yielded by increased connectivity?

Often overlooked, connectivity is opening up new opportunities for ancillary revenues, such as tailored destination content, Wi-Fi sponsorship, duty free purchases and so on. How should airlines be exploiting this? Who is leading the way so far? How will passengers benefit?

Craig Foster
Moderator
Valour Consultancy

Craig is co-founder and senior research consultant at Valour Consultancy, global leaders in IFEC market intelligence.

Craig has extensive experience covering a wide variety of technology markets including the Internet of Things, M2M, smart home, smart grid, home energy management, maritime VSAT as well as in-flight entertainment and connectivity. Foster has been an industry analyst for eight years and is based in Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Prior to his work at Valour Consultancy, he was a principal analyst at ABI Research and a market analyst at IMS Research. At ABI, he launched a new research area devoted to the smart home, before focusing his efforts on expanding the company’s IoT portfolio. At IMS, Foster’s research focused on the power transmission and low voltage products markets after which he moved on to take responsibility for the company’s then-nascent aerospace research group.

Foster is a regular participant at Inflight events and a regular contributor to Inflight magazine.

Session 4: Content provision

Tuesday 23 January 2018: 15.30-16.15

How are airlines maintaining links to heritage and culture through the provision of local and regionally sourced in-flight entertainment?

As IFE content increases, are airlines ensuring they curate a varied library with entertainment such as audio, video and gaming that reflects the region? How do they work with Middle Eastern content providers and publishers?

Alexander Preston
Moderator
Inflight

Alexander is editor of the Inflight media portfolio.

Inflight’s bi-monthly magazine and comprehensive digital news services provide the premier independent coverage of the in-flight entertainment, connectivity and cabin technology sectors.

Alexander is a respected writer and keynote speaker, regularly participating in industry events around the globe. He brings extensive knowledge and expertise of the latest developments affecting IFEC and passenger experience.

Session 5: IFE retrofitting

Wednesday 24 January 2018: 11.00-11.45

An overview of the issues, considerations and best practices in IFE retrofit projects.

What do airlines need to know about planning and implementing a successful retrofit? The panel will reference case study projects to illustrate the practical challenges, obstacles and solutions involved.

Core discussion points:

  • Costs involved in IFE retrofits
  • How often do/should airlines upgrade?
  • What does the retrofit process consist of?
  • Key industry trends – e.g. emergence of W-IFE and portable W-IFE that reduces the cost and complexity involved
  • Role of embedded IFE in the narrow-body market – will there be a decline?

Craig Foster
Moderator
Valour Consultancy

Craig is co-founder and senior research consultant at Valour Consultancy, global leaders in IFEC market intelligence.

Craig has extensive experience covering a wide variety of technology markets including the Internet of Things, M2M, smart home, smart grid, home energy management, maritime VSAT as well as in-flight entertainment and connectivity. Foster has been an industry analyst for eight years and is based in Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Prior to his work at Valour Consultancy, he was a principal analyst at ABI Research and a market analyst at IMS Research. At ABI, he launched a new research area devoted to the smart home, before focusing his efforts on expanding the company’s IoT portfolio. At IMS, Foster’s research focused on the power transmission and low voltage products markets after which he moved on to take responsibility for the company’s then-nascent aerospace research group.

Foster is a regular participant at Inflight events and a regular contributor to Inflight magazine.

Session 6: Electrical infrastructure

Wednesday 24 January 2018: 12.00-12.45

What options exist to serve increasing in-flight entertainment and communication needs?

The focus on cabling has become far more pronounced since the advent of the connected aircraft. Passengers expect to be fully charged, and fully connected. How can airlines ensure they deliver a consistent satisfactory experience? This session will look at weight and safety considerations, and discuss what impact the imminent arrival of HD content will have on high-end cabling and the demand for in-seat power.

Alexander Preston
Moderator
Inflight

Alexander is editor of the Inflight media portfolio.

Inflight’s bi-monthly magazine and comprehensive digital news services provide the premier independent coverage of the in-flight entertainment, connectivity and cabin technology sectors.

Alexander is a respected writer and keynote speaker, regularly participating in industry events around the globe. He brings extensive knowledge and expertise of the latest developments affecting IFEC and passenger experience.

Session 7: Passenger accessibility

Wednesday 24 January 2018: 13.30-14.15

Are airlines delivering a seamless, enjoyable experience for disabled passengers?

How do airlines cater to passengers with diverse accessibility requirements, particularly those hidden disabilities? Where are improvements needed? The session will focus on crew training, cabin design and how airlines are collaborating with airports to ensure a smooth travel experience.

Alexander Preston
Moderator
Inflight

Alexander is editor of the Inflight media portfolio.

Inflight’s bi-monthly magazine and comprehensive digital news services provide the premier independent coverage of the in-flight entertainment, connectivity and cabin technology sectors.

Alexander is a respected writer and keynote speaker, regularly participating in industry events around the globe. He brings extensive knowledge and expertise of the latest developments affecting IFEC and passenger experience.

Inflight Middle East Awards

Wednesday 24 January 2018: 14:20

Join us at the 2018 Inflight Middle East Awards ceremony as we celebrate regional achievements in IFEC and cabin technology.

Categories
1) Inflight airline of the year
Judged independently by the Inflight team, this award crowns the premier airline based in the Middle East.

2) Innovation in commercial airline cabins
Rewarding the top recent revolutionary development in cabin interiors.

3) IFE system provider
Recognising the handheld, wireless or seat-centric IFE system delivering the best experience for passengers.

4) Connectivity enablement
Celebrating the connected cabin, this award honours the leading IFC, satellite communication or telemedicine service provider.

5) Airline IFEC experience
Crediting the foremost in-flight entertainment and/or connectivity experience delivered by an airline operating in the Middle East region.

6) Content provision
Acknowledging the optimal contribution to content creation, management and/or delivery.

7) Interior retrofit project
Honouring the most exceptional supplier-airline collaboration within cabin interiors.