June 19, 2024

AIX reveals diversity report

Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) has released a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) report today (May 20).

Called Diversity Takes Off, the findings take a deep dive into accessibility and inclusivity in the aviation sector.

It highlights the experiences of industry employees and insights from experts such as Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic discussing the needs of disabled and neurodiverse passengers.

According to a report from the Women in Aviation Board in 2022, women made up less than 20% of the workforce in most aviation occupations.

Figures from Date USA also show that in 2021, 88.3% of the aircraft pilots and flight engineers’ workforce were white. Only 7.2% were found to be Hispanic.

The report also explores accessibility within the aircraft and cabin interiors industry. Two key points are establishing an inclusive physical environment for individuals with physical disabilities and catering to those with neurodiverse needs.

Insights from Expliseat and the Green Cabin Alliance are included too.

Polly Magraw, Event Director at AIX, said: “By tapping into expert insights and firsthand experiences, our report provides an overview of the current landscape, highlights prevalent challenges and opportunities and offers recommendations for fostering a more inclusive and representative industry. 

“The responsibility to promote DE&I lies with us all and together we must drive this change.”