Leonard Niemann

From the 9th until the 12th of May 2017 the transport logistic exhibition took place in the Munich exhibition halls. As the Air Cargo Europe exhibition was embedded into the transport logistic, I decided to visit the halls at the 11th of May. With a bunch of business cards and a notebook I started my little journey to Munich.

The arrival

I was travelling to the exhibition from my home town Freising. This means, that I first took the train to the main station in Munich further took the U2 to the exhibition 'city'. The first leg was normal, with nothing special to mention. The metro track however was full of business men, wearing suites, headed for the exhibition. The metro therefore was extremely full and some people were even left behind. Well, at least for a few minutes, since the metros came every few minutes. When arriving to the exhibition area I headed straight for hall B1, which was assigned to the 'Air Cargo Europe' exhibition only, which is a part of the transport logistic exhibition. The amount of people checking in was incredible, even though I took the East-Entrance, which was not nearly as crowded as the west-entrance. The complete transport logistic blocked 9 out of 18 available halls in Munich.

Checking out the halls

When entering hall B1, I was stunned. The first exhibitor was the Lufthansa Group with a huge stand, which was very crowded and really got my attention as a first eye-catcher. Before anything else I made a really intense walk-around and tried to get some impressions in general. The biggest part of exhibitors were airlines and airports, which put much effort into their presentation. A few stands, like Virgin Atlantic airlines (picture) ,Brussels airport or Cologne airport were basically bars, where one could get free drinks or food. Some other airlines, like Emirates or Saudia had huge stands, with two floor levels. The staff was really, really nice everywhere and so I finished my first look around with a great impression.
Now the fun part started, where I went to different exhibitors and tried to talk to some guys, responsible for marketing, about business. It was quite difficult sometimes, as they were really busy, but I got to talk to everyone I wanted to talk to at the end. Sometime in between I made a break and went to a lecture about the future of freight in the aviation industry by the IATA. It was really interesting to listen to the statistics and imaginations of the people, who talked (picture on the top).
After 6 hours over all, I left the exhibition and started my way home with a nice lunch in Munich city.