The APEX/IFSA Awards recognize specific, innovative and brand new achievements successfully implemented in the past year. Winners of the 2023 APEX/IFSA Awards, Passenger Choice Awards, Four and Five Star Official Airline Ratings™ and more will be announced at the APEX/IFSA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 26 October at the 2022 APEX/IFSA EXPO.

The awards recognize innovations in the following categories:

IFSA Best Inflight Food or Beverage
Recognizes a food or beverage product that appeals to passengers’ taste and enhance the onboard experience. The product can be an economy class complimentary or buy on board.

2023 Finalists:

  • Air France: Sustainable Onboard Experience
  • Thales Avionics: JetBlue Meal + Customizable Ordering
  • United Airlines: Impossible Meatball Bowl

IFSA Best Onboard Amenity
Recognizes an amenity kit that provides an enhanced onboard passenger experience.

2023 Finalists:

  • Air Astana JSC: Business Class Amenity Kits
  • Delta Air Lines: Someone Somewhere Amenity Kit Partnership
  • Fiji Airways: Our Ocean, Our Life Kids Activity Pack
  • John Horsfall & Sons: Finnair BC Mattress Pad

*Please note: tie for third place

APEX/IFSA Best Cabin Innovation
Recognizes outstanding achievement in creating a thoughtful new cabin environment, including galleys, lavatories, and means to increase efficiency for crew.

2023 Finalists:

  • Avianca: Premium Seats Narrow Body Fleet
  • Finnair: Elevated Long Haul Experience
  • IdeaNova Technologies: Intouch Nearcast

APEX/IFSA Best Product or Service
Honors innovations in passenger comfort, including seats, design, lighting, temperature control, air quality and more. Sustainable entries will be given additional credit.

2023 Finalists:

  • HRS: Crew & Passenger Solutions
  • Thales Avionics: Pulse Power
  • Virgin Atlantic: “The Booth”

APEX Best Inflight Connectivity Innovation
Honors airlines and/or their vendor partners who have created a new inflight innovation including interactive connectivity onboard, unique WiFi features/offerings, etc.

2023 Finalists:

  • AirFi: LEO Connectivity Solution
  • Astronics CSC: Cabin AXe Wireless Access Point
  • Stellar Blu: Sidewinder Multi-modem Terminal

APEX Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation
Award airlines and/or their vendor partners who have created a new inflight innovation that is elevating the passenger experience via GUI design, features/applications, streaming, hardware, seat integration, etc.

2023 Finalists:

  • ABOVE: One-Stop-Shop Digital Platform
  • AERQ: AERENA Accelerated App Integration
  • Burrana: RISE Power

APEX Best Airport Innovation
Recognizes achievement in creating a new airport innovation, idea or offering.

APEX Best Marketing Innovation
Awards achievement in creating a new marketing campaign or idea.

2023 Finalists:

  • Thales Avionics and Diehl Aerospace: ICEE
  • Touch, Warner Bros, LATAM: IFE Cross-Brand                                                            
  • Virgin Atlantic: See the World Differently

2022 Recipients