Industry Execs Look To Future

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The recent past hasn't been all that pleasant for the business and commercial aircraft sectors, so a group of leading industry execs is looking to the future. Representatives of manufacturers, brokers and operators will debate the topic "Preparing For The Future" at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 14-16. Among the topics to be discussed are whether the recent uptick in orders signals an end to the downturn. There's also the interesting question of whether the absence of consolidation of manufacturers during the downturn was a good thing or a bad thing.

Of course, the main focus of the show is the myriad of products used in the cabin to determine and improve the specific missions of each aircraft. It's not all about flat screens and cupholders, though. Weight-saving materials, efficient use of space and safety equipment are also top of mind for vendors and participants.