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AIX Launches New Report Exploring DEI in Aviation


 Aircraft Interiors Expo ( AIX ) this week released a new report exploring the vital topic of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in aviation and aircraft interiors. Diversity Takes Off offers a deep dive into inclusivity and accessibility within these sectors, focusing primarily on experiences given by industry employees and insights from experts discussing the needs of disabled and neurodiverse passengers.

Despite remarkable advancements in aviation technology, the same cannot be said for the industry’s approach to diversity and inclusivity. Historically, aviation has consistently ranked relatively low among other industries in terms of fostering a diverse workforce. According to a report from the Women in Aviation Advisory Board[1], in 2022, women made up less than 20% of the workforce in most aviation occupations. Similar statistics can be observed for the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities around the globe. Notably, figures from Data USA[2] show that in 2021, 88.3% of the aircraft pilots and flight engineers workforce were white, while only 7.2% were found to be Hispanic. In light of this, AIX ’s latest report aims to spotlight this aspect of the industry, highlighting firsthand insights and experiences from a variety of individuals working in aviation and aircraft interiors.

The report also offers an in-depth exploration of accessibility within the aircraft and cabin interiors industry, addressing the diverse needs of passengers. It primarily emphasises two key areas: establishing an inclusive physical environment for individuals with physical disabilities and catering to those with neurodiverse needs. Despite existing procedures implemented by airlines, Diversity Takes Off highlights the ongoing innovations emerging across the industry to enhance accessibility and inclusivity.

To ensure comprehensive and informed insights, the report incorporates a wide array of expert voices and perspectives from leading figures within prominent airlines including Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific, as well as organisations across the wider aircraft interiors landscape, such as Expliseat and the Green Cabin Alliance. By drawing upon the expertise of professionals in the field, the report presents a thorough overview of the challenges and opportunities surrounding inclusivity and accessibility in the industry.

Polly Magraw, Event Director at Aircraft Interiors Expo, commented: “At AIX , we are committed to actively supporting  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in the aviation and aircraft interiors industries. As awareness continues to grow, more action is being taken, and we’re beginning to see real change being effected. By tapping into expert insights and firsthand experiences, our report provides an overview of the current landscape, highlights prevalent challenges and opportunities, and offers recommendations for fostering a more inclusive and representative industry. The responsibility to promote DE&I lies with us all and together we must drive this change.”

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