October 31 2023  |  Events

Industry looks forward to 2024 PAX Readership Awards in Hamburg

By PAX Magazine Staff

Last updated: Wednesday November 8, 5:57 p.m. (EST). Find updates below.

Aijaz Khan, Publisher, PAX Tech and PAX International magazine (left) and Mr. Jeong Ki Hong, Head of In-Flight Services, Korean Air, at the 2022 PAX Readership Awards ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on June 15

PAX is excited to bring the PAX Readership Awards back to Hamburg in 2024. Now open for voting until March 31, 2024, the awards celebrate the successes of the year with amenities, tech and airline awards. The awards ceremony will be hosted May 29, 2024 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg in its usual format.

This year’s awards see the return of the popular amenities awards, including Best First Class Amenity Kit, Best Business Class Amenity Kit, Best Economy Class Amenity Kit and Best Children's Amenity Kit. Expanded tech and airline categories include:

  • Outstanding food service by a carrier
  • Airline caterer of the year
  • Best inflight duty free program
  • Best IFE and connectivity
  • Best cabin interior passenger experience/best cabin innovation
  • Best seating
  • Best lounges
  • Best cabin crew in Asia
  • Most improved airline in Asia

Aijaz Khan, Publisher (middle), celebrates winners at 2022 ceremony

“We’re very excited to return to Hamburg again this year for our annual awards. We have received a lot of positive feedback from previous years' winners, and we are looking forward to celebrating the industry with our loyal readership,” says Aijaz Khan, Publisher of PAX International and PAX Tech magazines.

“We are so grateful for and proud of our readership and supporters who enable us to improve each year as the leading voice of news for this dynamic industry,” adds Jane Hobson, Managing Editor.

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For the industry as a whole, the awards are about more than handing out accolades – the PAX Readership Awards bring everyone together to celebrate common goals.

"The PAX Awards provide a platform to honor the hard work of individuals and companies that play a pivotal role in ensuring passengers enjoy exceptional experiences during their flights. We were especially proud being named ‘Caterer of the Year 2023’ in North America lately, and we of course shipped copies of the certificate to all our facilities to share the success," says Erdmann Rauer of LSG Group.

Rauer says the Awards help boost morale and motivation among professionals in the industry.

"It's a fantastic experience to see the enthusiasm and commitment of everyone as they come together to honor outstanding achievements in airline catering and beyond. And, it is a great motivation to return to the stage the following year," he says.

“We’re all working toward making flying more enjoyable for passengers and [creating] new revenue streams and operational efficiencies for airlines, so it’s gratifying to come together to share our successes,” Job Heimerikx, AirFi CEO tells PAX Tech. “Seeing what other stand-out companies are doing keeps us on top of the latest trends and inspires us to continue innovating.”

Hoping to win a PAX Award in 2024, Heimerikx continues, “It would be a continuation of the recognition that AirFi brings a very unique offering to the industry. We received an award for AirFi LEO this year, but we’re just at the beginning with this solution. We can’t wait to see what airlines think when they start flying with our affordable, minimally invasive infflight connectivity service.”

The awards are also about a sense of community and peer support. As Kent Craver, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications at Panasonic Avionics says, “The awards are a great chance for the industry to come together and celebrate all of our achievements. Equally as important is the opportunity to share our industry knowledge and connect with peers during the ceremony. We can subsequently make collaborative efforts as an industry, not just IFEC, to support developments.”

Anuvu tells PAX Tech, “Recognition for hard work and improving the passenger experience is always welcome and appreciated."

Also aspiring for a PAX Award in Hamburg, the company adds playfully, "We [would] humbly accept and are grateful to be showcased for the work we produce year-round.”

Celebrations at the 2022 PAX Awards ceremony in Hamburg, Germany

PAX presents the PAX Readership Awards annually in Hamburg when industry leaders in tech and aviation gather for the Aircraft Interiors Expo.

“AIX is the biggest show of the year for us,” Heimerikx says. “We put a lot of thought into how we can best engage with potential customers there, so we’re already discussing exciting new developments that we can wow attendees with at the event. We love growing the buzz around our products and services and Hamburg is a great place for that.”

For many companies, AIX Hamburg is a chance to reconnect with old friends and build new relationships. Anuvu says, “Fostering relationships and that in-person connection is the true reason we attend and are committed to AIX.”

Craver agrees, saying, “We’re always impressed by the diverse and wide array of airline customers, collaboration partners, analysts and media that attend AIX each year. It’s a truly unique and incredible opportunity to unveil our latest innovations, solutions, and our vision for the future of inflight engagement. It’s why each year we unveil new technologies like Astrova or the Digital Third Channel at this show.”

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