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Award shortlists announced ahead of Inflight Middle East

Airlines and suppliers serving the Middle East region have been honoured ahead of the upcoming Inflight Middle East 2018 event in Dubai.

The annual Inflight Middle East Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to passenger experience across the in-flight entertainment, connectivity and cabin technology domains. Each of the seven award categories has been judged by an independent panel of industry experts, who assess each entry against a range of criteria to identify optimal product and service offerings over the past 12 months. Judges have narrowed entries down to a shortlist of 3-6 finalists in each category, before the winners are announced on Wednesday 24 January 2018.

Nominations are open to airlines and suppliers serving passengers across the Middle East and North African network. A record number of nominations were received ahead of this year’s ceremony, with the “Inflight airline of the year”, “Innovation in commercial airline cabins” and “Content provision” categories proving particularly popular. The wealth of notable advances in the industry during 2017 has produced high-quality shortlists across the board, meaning competition looks set to be fiercer than ever.

Emirates, Etihad Airways, flydubai and SAUDIA are harbouring hopes in more than one category. For the first time, the event also recognises African carriers Ethiopian and South African Airlines. On the suppliers’ side, previous winners and finalists such as Panasonic Avionics, Global Eagle and SITAONAIR are joined by a series of newcomers to the Inflight Awards, representing the ongoing innovation and diversification associated with the IFEC and cabin technology sectors.

Finalists by category

Inflight airline of the year

  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • flydubai
  • Gulf Air
  • SAUDIA

Innovation in commercial airline cabins

  • Astronics
  • digEcor
  • Emirates
  • flydubai in collaboration with JPA Design
  • SAUDIA
  • STG Aerospace

IFE system provider

  • Global Eagle
  • Inflight Dublin
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • SkyLights

Connectivity enablement

  • Gogo
  • Inmarsat
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • SITAONAIR
  • Yahsat

Airline IFEC experience

  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • flydubai
  • SAUDIA

Content provision

  • FLYWELL
  • Global Eagle
  • Media Carrier
  • SAUDIA in collaboration with OnBoard International
  • Spitfire

Interior retrofit project

  • Diehl Aerosystems in collaboration with Etihad Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • South African Airways

 

Inflight Middle East is an official event of Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), offering a regional forum dedicated to IFEC and cabin technology. The awards ceremony will begin at 14:20 local time on Wednesday 24 January 2018, located in the Inflight Workshop arena on the exhibition floor. Along with all Inflight Workshop sessions throughout the day, the ceremony is free to attend for all AIME and MRO Middle East delegates. To register to attend, click here

For more information on the Inflight Middle East event, including details of organisations participating in the Inflight Pavilion and Workshop and the events schedule, please visit the event website.

Those unable to join the Inflight team in Dubai can follow proceedings live on Twitter (@inflightmag, #InflightME), with the winners announced shortly afterwards on www.inflight-online.com.

 

 

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