Passenger Experience Week announces partnership with Orbis

Passenger Experience Week announces partnership with Orbis

Leading event for the passenger experience industry announces support for global charity that operates the world’s only flying eye hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft


The organisers of Passenger Experience Week – bringing together four leading events at the Hamburg Messe from 1-4 April 2019 – have announced that they will once again partner with Orbis UK, a charity which fights avoidable blindness around the world.


With around 18,000 visitors attending Passenger Experience Week’s revered Passenger Experience Conference (PEC), Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) and Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS), there is no better place for Orbis to raise awareness of its unique Flying Eye Hospital and its award-winning online training and mentoring platform, Cybersight.


Additionally, the 550-plus exhibitors showcasing their services during AIX will be urged to consider ways in which they can support Orbis UK’s vital sight saving work. Of the 253 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired, 75% have conditions that are preventable or treatable, so Orbis screens for and treats eye conditions, raises awareness about eye health, and trains and mentors local eye care teams.


Nilly Sutton, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Orbis UK, said: “Partnering with Passenger Experience Week is a fantastic platform for us to raise awareness of our services among the aviation, rail and cruise industries.


“At Orbis, we believe that no-one should be blind due to lack of quality eye care. With the number of people affected by avoidable blindness due to triple by 2050, our work has never been more vital. We hope our partnership with Passenger Experience Week will encourage others to come and talk to us and find out how they can get involved in eliminating avoidable blindness together.”


Speaking about the partnership, Polly Magraw, Event Director of AIX, added: “Over the past five years alone, Orbis has delivered over 28.6 million medical or optical treatments, over 15.7 million eye exams and over 386,000 eye surgeries or laser treatments either on-board the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital or through Orbis supported health facilities, and we are delighted to be helping the charity continue this fantastic work around the globe.”


The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is a teaching hospital on board a customised MD-10 aircraft. It is a fully-integrated training facility, with an operating theatre, recovery room, and audio-visual equipment that transmits live surgeries to a 46-seat classroom at the front of the plane. Every year, the Flying Eye Hospital visits countries around the world, partnering with local hospitals to deliver specialist training, carry out treatments, and raise vital awareness about the importance of eye health.


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About Passenger Experience Week

Four leading events – the Passenger Experience Conference, Aircraft Interiors Expo, World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo and Passenger Technology Solutions – one week, one destination. Delivering content, driving innovation and developing connections to transform your business. Showcasing the latest in cabin interiors, inflight entertainment and connectivity, onboard technology, passenger comfort, catering and travel retail to create the ultimate passenger experience. Taking place 1-4 April 2019 in Hamburg, the events attract more than 18,000 visitors including 2,000 buyers and decision makers from major full service, regional and charter airlines and rail operators and offers the opportunity to meet face to face with suppliers and manufacturers covering the full spectrum of the industry. 


About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customer across industries.




About Orbis


  • Since 1982, Orbis has been working to prevent avoidable blindness. In 2017, Orbis UK supported the delivery of over 273,000 surgeries and optical treatments and 46,900 training sessions for doctors, nurses, community health workers and others.
  • Working with our global team of volunteers - the world’s leading ophthalmic medical experts - we deliver between 4-8 training programmes a year on-board our Flying Eye Hospital. In 2017 medical volunteers from Europe were deployed 30 times across five countries.
  • We run long-term programmes in 20 countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia
  • Discover more about Orbis at us on twitter @UKORBIS and like us on Facebook

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