This year's IFSA/APEX EXPO was held in Long Beach, California, USA from October 25 to 27 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.
The event included the daily EXPO Open in Hall B, scheduled discussions at the IFSA Innovation Pavilion, the annual APEX/IFSA Awards Ceremony and the Thought Leadership Conference and breakout sessions.
Notable attendees and speakers included APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader; Dr. Stathis Keffalonitis, Passenger Intelligence & Aviation Business Professor; Anne De Hauw, Founder of IN Air Travel Experience; Spirit Airlines Vice President, Guest Experience, Brand & Communications Lania Rittenhouse; Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran; Fiji Airways CEO Andr Viljoe; Rosimeire Miranda, Quality Director North America, LSG Group; Vanessa Lindstrom, Director, United Airlines; and Alex Wilcox, Co-Founder & CEO of JSX, among others.
APEX/IFSA EXPO serves as an industry marketplace where airline CEOs, executives and decision makers gather to share insights and meet with exhibitors demonstrating the latest innovation and technology that shapes the future of the end-to-end passenger experience. Next year's event will be hosted at the same location, running September 19 to 21, 2023.
Below is coverage of the 2022 event from PAX International and PAX Tech reporters.
The Global Inflight Products booth
At the Marfo & Fluery Michon America booth chefs prepared pancakes and new-on-offer fries
All packaging can be customized to an airline's preference
At the HACO booth, many offerings were on display including samples from Better Bites (left) and A L'Olivier (right)
Products on display at the Buzz booth
FlyFit's skincare line and rehydration products on display
At the FORMIA booth, products from Qatar Airways' partnership with Diptyque were featured
The latest issue of PAX International on stands at EXPO
PAX Tech Editor Stephanie Philp exploring the OneFi display at the Inmarsat booth
At the Bottega booth, the pre-mixed Negroni was on display (left) as well as the Pronol Spritz (right)
Near the expo entrance, the most recent issue of PAX Tech was available for attendees
At the Smize Cream truck (left photo) attendees could sample flavors of the product founded by Tyra Banks, who was in attendance. Banks seen with PAX International Editor Stephanie Philp (right photo). Banks also hosted a portion of the awards ceremony on Wednesday night
VP, Guest Experience, Brand/ Communications and President of The Spirit CharitableFoundation Lania Rittenhouse smiles while seated in the newly announced HAECO Vector Premium seats
Gaetano Nardulli (left) and Gigi Bucaro (right) at the DFS booth
Undercover snacks had samples of their crispy quinoa treats on display for attendees
PAX Editor Stephanie Philp (left) with Editor-in-Chief Rick Lundstrom