July 12, 2024

IFSA announces Expo Innovation Pavilion debates

The International Flight Services Association (IFSA) and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expos will return to California next month with show floors bigger than ever and featuring a wide display of new technology, products and innovation.

Exhibitors will include more connectivity providers, content distributors, F&B suppliers and amenity specialists, as well as airframers including Airbus and Boeing.

The co-located Thought Leadership Conference will feature airline CEOs and executives, breakout tracks addressing technology, connectivity, sustainability, biometrics, and ancillary revenue while an IIFSA nnovation Pavilion will support further debate.

The pavilion’s mission is to champion connections and provide insights on best practices. Sessions will include a debate on restaurant taste trends airlines can tap into; tech-driven innovations to support onboard product development; high-end priorities around local sourcing and quality ingredients; the three Ps – process, profits and products; and ways to generate profit-driven sustainability programmes that delight customers.

Innovation Pavilion Programme:

Oct 25 11:00am-12:00pm
Taste the Trends

Sample the future of inflight fare for yourself.
Learn how current restaurant and menu trends on the ground can take flight as we move inflight dining inline with the ever-evolving needs of the customers we serve. This masterclass plates up culinary innovation with a side of logistics planning and a dash of allergen training.  

Speaker: Nicholas Poulmentis, Executive Chef & Director Acclaimed Michelin Star Chef, White House Guest Chef, US Chopped Champion ‘18 &  ‘19, Beat Bobby Flay ‘20, Executive Corporate Chef at Molos Hospitality Group.

Oct 25 1:00-1:40pm
Building the Product Pipeline

The new technological tools on the block to help you grow.
A forward-thinking panel session that helps innovators and buyers seek new ways to design and develop valuable inflight products and services. Explore new technology-driven approaches that can help you grow sustainably, smartly, and cost-effectively. 

Oct 26 11:00am – 11:40am
Fare with flair

The latest creative inspiration defining inflight food and beverage.
Upscale at altitude: this airline panel will highlight the industry’s renewed focus on local, ethically sourced ingredients to spotlight where social responsibility and business merge together. Learn how airlines are using the inflight experience to build a sense of community in the cabin, from ideation to implementation.

Oct 26 1:00pm – 1:40pm
Supply chain: All gain. No pain. 

How to transform inflight supplier management to enhance your onboard product.
Learn how suppliers and buyers are balancing three critical P’s in today’s challenging world: process, profits, and products. Discover the latest pathways to commercialization as our industry continues to respond to the growing need for cost-effective, just-in-time solutions.

Oct 26 3:00pm – 3:40pm
Green. Clean. Lean. 

Generating profit-driven sustainability programs that delight Customers.
A specialized panel that will explore traceability, upcycling, and energy efficiency as we come to understand the evolving roles of suppliers, airlines, and regulators across the broad challenge of global sustainability. With a focus on empowering our employees, we’ll explore ways to give back: both to the planet and the bottom-line.