July 16 2020: Future Travel Experience (FTE) and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) today jointly launched FTE APEX Virtual Expo – a first-of-its-kind virtual trade show for the air transport industry, which will take place on 8 and 9 December 2020 for 24-hours a day to accommodate all time zones.

This pioneering online event will include a free-to-attend, interactive online exhibition with live product demos, virtual conference sessions with content tailored to the Asia-Pacific, EMEA and Americas regions, and extensive networking capabilities that will enable attendees to network in real-time via messaging and video calls. All of these features will be available on two live show days – 8 and 9 December 2020 – and delegates will then be able to revisit the exhibition hall and conference sessions for a period of 30 days. The theme of the event is “Transforming air transport post-COVID-19”.

Future Travel Experience Founder & CEO Daniel Coleman said, “It is clear that our industry is just not in a position to meet in person in 2020, but FTE and APEX are delighted to stage a ground-breaking, interactive global online air transport industry trade show. FTE APEX Virtual Expo will replace the in-person events that both organizations had planned to stage towards the end of the year.

“We are incredibly excited to host this truly dynamic and global virtual event, and we are looking forward to offering much more than straightforward webinars, which have become commonplace in recent months. The industry wants more than that now and FTE APEX Virtual Expo will provide the sector with a large-scale digital trade show that will creatively offer real engagement, networking and business development opportunities for everyone involved.”

APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader commented, “FTE APEX Virtual Expo will act as a beacon for our industry’s recovery and bring global stakeholders together en masse to inspire one another. As we polled our airline and valued supplier members worldwide, we discovered key aspects that will most help our industry. Our stakeholders want to connect and engage to share ideas, propositions, visions and learnings.

“This announcement also marks another important milestone in the integration efforts between APEX and FTE. It’s a great example of maximizing the strengths of both organizations. The entrepreneurial and dynamic nature of FTE enabled us to pivot to a virtual event faster than we thought possible. Our ambition is to deliver a unified approach and increase the value the association provides to the entire air transport industry, both in the air and on the ground.”

FTE APEX Virtual Expo has already received a number of messages of support from across the industry, including senior figures from the likes of AirAsia, Pittsburgh International Airport, easyJet, Japan Airlines, Bengaluru International Airport, Port of Seattle and Viva Air Labs.

To learn more, visit the FTE APEX Virtual Expo website.

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About Future Travel Experience:

Established in 2006, Future Travel Experience is an online media, events and industry change leader in the air transport sector. FTE, which is a part of the APEX family, is dedicated to enhancing the end-to-end passenger experience and business performance of all air transport industry stakeholders. FTE hosts acclaimed conferences and expos around the world – FTE Global, FTE APEX Asia Expo, FTE EMEA and FTE Ancillary – as well as virtual events and webinars. Through its website, weekly e-newsletter and think tank projects, as well as the FTE Innovation & Startup Hub, FTE is an important industry reference for all things relating to innovation, customer experience and business performance. To learn more, visit: www.futuretravelexperience.com

About the Airline Passenger Experience Association:

The Airline Passenger Experience Association is the only non-profit membership trade organization comprised of the world’s leading airlines, industry suppliers, major media groups, and related aviation industry leaders dedicated to elevating the passenger experience for more than 80% of global passengers, while driving industry initiatives and desired regulations. The association offers members a wide range of opportunities to excel in the airline passenger experience industry by keeping them current with the latest industry news, trends, and developments and by helping them develop relationships with clients and colleagues from around the world. To learn more, visit: www.apex.aero