Recognising the most customer-centric airlines and airports across Asia and Oceania
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FTE APEX Asia Expo will host awards ceremonies led by both Future Travel Experience (FTE) and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).

FTE will unveil the FTE Airline & Airport Transformation Power Lists Asia-Pacific, which will shine a light on those who have lived through the crisis and pioneered new approaches with the potential to improve travel for passengers and make the industry safer, more efficient and commercially successful. Six of the 20 nominees will be awarded with an “Outstanding Achievement” trophy during an official awards ceremony which will provide the perfect opportunity for us to announce and honour our nominees and winners, amongst industry friends and colleagues.

APEX will use the show to honour the airlines from across the region that have recently achieved 4 and 5 star status in the 2023 APEX Official Airline Ratings, as well as to announce the winners of the 2023 APEX Regional Passenger Choice Awards across Asia and the Middle East.

FTE Best Passenger Experience Initiative – Airline

2019 Winners

Gold Winner – Japan Airlines
Silver Winner – AirAsia
Bronze Winner – Singapore Airlines

The “Best Passenger Experience Initiative – Airline” award recognises a single airline initiative or project that has used technology to significantly improve the customer experience. The judges will be looking for unique solutions that display true industry leadership. The initiative may have improved one part of the travel experience (for example, the check-in or inflight entertainment experience) or, preferably, it may have delivered improvements at multiple touchpoints.

FTE Best Passenger Experience Initiative – Airport

2019 Winners

Gold Winner – Changi Airport Group
Silver Winner – Hamad International Airport
Bronze Winner – Hong Kong International Airport

The “Best Passenger Experience Initiative – Airport” award recognises a single airport initiative or project that has used technology to significantly improve the customer experience. The judges will be looking for unique solutions that display true industry leadership. The initiative may have improved one part of the travel experience (for example, the baggage, security or border control experience) or, preferably, it may have delivered improvements at multiple touchpoints.

APEX Passenger Choice Awards

The Official Airline Ratings and APEX Passenger Choice Awards are created based on neutral, third-party passenger feedback and insights gathered through APEX’s partnership with TripIt from Concur. Using a five-star scale, more than one million flights were rated by passengers across nearly 600 airlines from around the world and were independently certified by a professional external auditing company.

Winners of the 2019 APEX Regional Passenger Choice Awards

Eastern Asia

  • Best Overall in Region: EVA Air
  • Best Seat Comfort / Best Inflight Entertainment: Singapore Airlines
  • Best Cabin Service / Best Food & Beverage: All Nippon Airways
  • Best Wi-Fi: Japan Airlines

Central Asia

  • Best Overall in Region: Vistara
  • Best Seat Comfort / Best Cabin Service: GoAir
  • Best Food & Beverage / Best Inflight Entertainment: Air Astana
  • Best Wi-Fi: SriLankan Airlines

Mainland China

  • Best Seat Comfort / Best Inflight Entertainment: China Southern Airlines
  • Best Cabin Service / Best Food & Beverage: Xiamen Airlines
  • Best Wi-Fi: China Eastern Airlines

South Pacific

  • Best Overall in Region: Air New Zealand
  • Best Seat Comfort: Air Tahiti Nui
  • Best Cabin Service / Best Inflight Entertainment: Qantas
  • Best Food & Beverage / Best Wi-Fi: Virgin Australia

Middle East

  • Best Overall in Region: Qatar Airways
  • Best Seat Comfort: Kuwait Airways
  • Best Inflight Entertainment: Etihad Airways
  • Best Cabin Service / Best Food & Beverage: Emirates
  • Best Wi-Fi: El Al Israel Airlines

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Delegate and exhibitor testimonials

“It has been amazing. Connectivity and personalisation are two of our key objectives for 2023 and we’re seeing so much of it here at the expo, which has been so great for us. We’re really grateful that we had the privilege to come here. We’ve already decided to attend next year.”

Andre Viljoen, Managing Director & CEO, Fiji Airways

“FTE APEX Asia Expo has been fantastic – it has been incredibly stimulating, with lots of great ideas, interesting people and fantastic talks, so there’s really a lot to take home and think about. The exhibition has had some fantastic suppliers and a lot of companies I didn’t know before. I’m already looking forward to coming back next year.”

Jonathan Good, Chief Technology & Marketing Officer, Auckland Airport

“It has been excellent from a networking perspective because I get to make new connections and at the same time learn about new digital technology and customer experience innovation. This is my third time attending FTE APEX Asia Expo and I look forward to coming back in 2023.”

Gunardi Minah, GM Marketing, Lion Air

“I’m a big supporter of this show because at its heart is a desire to bring industry stakeholders together not only to view the latest products and services, but to share experiences and expertise with one another, and to collaborate for the benefit of the wider air transport sector.”

Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL)

“The expo has been an amazing experience. I really love it, as I have made many new connections… We have found a diverse range of potential partners to work with here.”

Anissa Soraya, Manager Inflight Material & IFEC, Garuda Indonesia

“It was very inspirational to be back in person and have the chance to meet many people from within the aviation ecosystem. It has been a fantastic event with great discussions and exchanges on the various panels. We need this kind of event to bring all of the ecosystem partners together and find solutions that support everybody.”

Stefan List, Head of Cabin Market Insights, Airbus

“It’s a great experience to be at this expo, where the exhibitors are showcasing what passengers would like to have in the future. This event is very good because it gives airlines the opportunity to see what’s coming in the future, so we can improve the passenger experience.”

Mohd Mustafa Zainal Abidin, Senior Executive, AirAsia

“My experience at FTE APEX Asia Expo has been great this year. We’ve been able to see many companies that offer innovative solutions. One of the most valuable things is making connections with airports and other airlines, and people who are trying to solve a lot of the same problems that we’re trying to solve.”

Deacon Konc, Director, Innovation & Solutions, United Airlines

“The event has been very effective for us. The conference sessions have been interesting. We have had the opportunity to see which initiatives other airlines are working on right now and perspectives from different markets. The exhibition has also been very interesting – we have seen a lot of vendors from different areas. You can find solutions for airports and airlines. It’s our first visit to FTE APEX Asia Expo and I hope to be back.”

Yerzhan Akhmetzhanov, Head of Innovation, FlyArystan (Air Astana Group)

“The expo this year has been excellent. We’ve had some great visitors to the stand – the quality and depth of the visitors that we’ve had has been absolutely top-notch, so we’re very pleased with the last couple of days and what we’ve achieved here… We very much look forward to being back at FTE APEX Asia Expo 2023 – it’s been a wonderful show here and I’m sure next year will be even bigger and better.”

David Coiley, Asia Pacific Regional Vice President, Inmarsat Aviation

“We’ve enjoyed the show, the traffic has been incredible, and we’ve had very interesting discussions with our customers and partners. I’m surprised with the quality and quantity of visitors to our stand – both have been beyond our expectations.”

Rakan Khaled, General Manager, Airport Systems, Collins Aerospace

“Our experience here has been amazing. It’s our first time here and we’re really grateful to be exhibiting. The number and quality of visitors to our stand has been very amazing – we’ve been able to make a lot of connections. After every conference session there has been a lot of people coming by our booth, so we’re very satisfied. Based on our experience this year, this is a very worthy event to come back to.”

Gabriella Sharon Gozali, Global Marketing Specialist, Makebot.ai

“The experience here has been great. I’ve really enjoyed looking at the new innovations on the stands that are here, as well as the opportunity to showcase our own business. The number and quality of visitors to our stand has met our expectations – from our perspective, it’s much more about the quality of visitors and we’re very pleased. We’ve had some really good dialogue with some very senior people in the industry.”

Mignon Buckingham, CEO of Airport Dimensions, Collinson Group Ltd

“The expo has given Panasonic a unique opportunity to interact with Asia's leading airlines. We've been able to have meaningful conversations with key customers in the region about the Internet of Me experience we're offering through our NEXT IFEC platform. We've also been able to get real, tangible feedback about future technologies like biometrics that have the potential to even further improve airline efficiency and passenger engagement. All in all, it's been a tremendous success.”

Noel Catlett, Director, Solutions Product Marketing, Panasonic Avionics Corporation

“The show has been very interesting, and it has been good to see friends, partners, customers and potential customers face-to-face. We have had a busy show and we are very satisfied with the leads and conversations. The networking opportunities are always a highlight. We have booked again already for next year.”

Michael Seidler, Senior Sales Manager, PrehKeyTec Germany

“We’ve got some good traction at the event, with some good footfall at the stand… We’ve had a strong presence in the exhibition this time and look forward to having one next year as well.”

Aditya Raina, COS, Head of Strategy & Marketing, Asia Pacific, SITA

“It’s good to meet people face-to-face again, which is very good in terms of collaboration. The audience coming to our booth is very diversified – we’ve had airlines, airports, agencies and authorities, so it’s a very positive audience we’re seeing here. The networking opportunities and social events are very good – there’s a very relaxed atmosphere. We will be back next year for sure.”

Ryan Lee, Vertical Business Owner, Airports, AS APAC, dormakaba Singapore Pte Ltd

“It’s been a good experience here at FTE APEX Asia Expo. It’s so good to be together again meeting face-to-face with colleagues, friends and potential clients. We have had some good quality conversations. The networking opportunities and social events are always good. I’ve attended a few conference sessions and found them very interesting and engaging. We will be back next year.”

Richard Dinkelmann, CEO, ICM Airport Technics, an Amadeus company

“The experience here was definitely very good. It’s great to be back and see everyone again. We’ve had a lot of visitors to our booth – I was impressed, it was even better than expected. The networking opportunities and social events have been very good, and I love the new event app that FTE is using. I have already booked our booth for next year.”

Jasper Quak, Managing Director, BAGTAG

“It’s been great to show what we do to first-time customers and also to maintain that presence with our existing customers and build on those personal relationships. It’s also been great to look around the exhibition and see what’s coming next. The walk-ups to the stand have been very positive as well, so hopefully there’s plenty of business to come afterwards.”

Henry Lake, Sales Account Manager, ESP Global Services

“Our team had the opportunity to showcase an entirely new omnichannel approach that matches the changing customer needs. On top of that, we also spoke to hundreds of professionals from the aviation industry and beyond, sharing our expertise in digital customer care and our self-service solution. Together with our partners, Gen25, M2mobi, Prestop and 24 sessions, we had an extremely insightful experience at the Expo.”

Tobias Walraven, CEO, RIFF

“It has been a very good networking experience. This is a show that all of the leading suppliers and integrators have to attend – it’s a “go to” show for the aviation industry.”

John Ng, Sales Manager (APAC), Desko

“The show has gathered the key target market of airlines who we wanted to meet. It’s good that the show is dedicated to both airlines and airports because we can offer both in-flight seats and seating for airport lounges, so we’ve had a couple of airports stopping by too.”

Ieva Baradouska, Head of Marketing & Communications, Vanema

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Perfect Location

Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 8-9 November 2023, Singapore

Singapore is a highly appealing and accessible destination and a reference site for customer experience excellence. In addition, the iconic Marina Bay Sands offers world-class event facilities, ultimate luxury and breathtaking views across the city.

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FTE & APEX Asia Awards

Recognising the most customer-centric airports and airlines across Asia and Oceania

FTE APEX Asia Expo will host regional awards ceremonies led by both Future Travel Experience (FTE) and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).

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FTE APEX Asia Expo Networking

Event app and attendee engagement platform

Driving new collaborations to support industry progress is at the heart of the event, and our intelligent event app is designed to help enable this.

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FTE APEX Asia Expo 2023 is Asia’s biggest free to attend passenger experience and business performance expo for the air transport industry. It provides an unrivalled platform for the industry’s most innovative product, service and solution providers from across Asia and beyond to showcase their latest products and concepts designed to help airlines and airports improve end-to-end customer experiences, reduce costs, increase revenues, and enhance sustainability and operational efficiency.

FTE APEX Asia Expo 2023
- November 2023
Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre,Singapore