Inflight Middle East 2019 schedule announced

The 2019 workshop schedule for Inflight Middle East, an official event of AIME, has been announced.

Since being established in 2013, Inflight Middle East has firmly established itself as the premier in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) event in the gulf region. In 2018, the show expanded to encompass carriers based in North Africa, too.

Each year, 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 representatives from airlines, 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.

The Inflight team is looking forward to welcoming another cohort of industry experts to discuss the latest trends and challenges facing the market next year. The provisional 2019 Inflight Workshop schedule is available to browse below:

Day one – 11 February 2019

11.00: Welcome address

11.15–12.00: Session 1 – Satellite communications

A general discussion about ownership and leasing satellite capacity. What are the benefits of each model for service providers, airline customers, and satellite manufacturers?

13.30–14.15: Session 2 – Cyber security

What is being done to ensure connectivity is secure and safe from unwanted access, both external and internal? How real a threat is a cyber attack on an aircraft?

14.30–15.15: Session 3 – IFE: Live TV

The popularity of live TV is increasing as more airlines offer the service. Why is it so popular, what type of content is available, who offers it and what are the key challenges surrounding it?

15.30–16.15: Session 4 – Digitalisation

As airlines embrace digital technology, are they moving towards the ‘software as a service’ model? How are airlines using digital technology such as VR, AR, paperless cockpits, biometrics and so on to move away from conventional business processes.


Day two – 12 February 2019

10.45: Welcome address

11.00–11.45: Session 5 – Connectivity

While most talk is on enhancing the passenger experience, what benefits does on-board connectivity give to the crew? How can telemedicine, cabin maintenance and personalisation be utilised to maximum benefit?

12.00–12.45: Session 6 – IFE and sustainability

How are manufacturers responding to a growing environmental consciousness? Is it easy to be green? What happens to IFE hardware once it has been removed from the cabin? Is there a cradle-to-grave ethos built in to all components?

13.30–14.15: Session 7 – Innovation

How are airlines, OEMs and other players in the IFEC and cabin technology space encouraging start-ups and a collaborative approach to developing new products and services? Can operational benefits be achieved as well as enhanced passenger experience?

14.20: Inflight Middle East awards ceremony

Join us as we celebrate achievements from suppliers and airlines across the host region, rewarding best practice and innovations across the cabin technology spectrum.


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

Inflight Middle East is free to attend. Further session details and panellists will be announced in due course. For more information, visit the event website.


Written by: Ross McSweeny

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