Innovative concepts in aircraft interior design, technologies and services will be showcased at Aircraft Interiors Expo Asia, running alongside Asian Aerospace 2007. Exhibitors at the region's premier aircraft interiors show are presenting the spectrum of new products, from seating and lighting to soft furnishings, windows, in-flight entertainment, safety and security, power supply, fastening technology and galley products. The latest technological advances include Arinc's new AeroMobile in-flight mobile phone communications system, which enables passengers to make and receive phone calls, text messages and e-mail, and access the internet on cellphones. The system is being evaluated by Qantas. Eltra Aeronautics is displaying prototype cabin windows that electronically darken or lighten, according to outside sunlight glare. In a security-conscious age, Hollingsead International will introduce a new cockpit 'sentry' system. The interiors expo also features open forums over the three days, organised in conjunction with Aircraft Interiors International magazine, with high-profile speakers from airlines, equipment manufacturers and design specialists. Howard Guy, managing director of Design Q, will talk about Cathay Pacific's new interiors for long-haul aircraft - from concept visualisation through to prototype development. Bombardier spokesman Benjamin Boehm will detail the company's latest strategies for small, single-aisle aircraft interiors. Boeing chief engineer for payload systems Alan Anderson will discuss how suppliers can work together more effectively to increase standardisation of products. The Asia-Pacific Airline Training Symposium, which will be held in conjunction with the expo, will focus on innovative and cost-effective training for cabin and flight crew. A predicted shortage of crew to operate the region's fast-growing airline fleets has created unprecedented demand for training. The Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation estimates the region's booming airlines will need 154,000 employees over the next five to seven years, including 10,200 pilots, 36,400 cabin crew, 26,800 maintenance engineers and 38,500 ground handlers. China and India account for 48 per cent of the pilot requirements. With China's civil aviation fleet expected to more than triple in size over the next 20 years, other estimates suggest the 11,000-strong workforce of pilots may need to be doubled in the next five years. Boeing predicted that 55,000 pilots could be required in China by 2020. For every pilot, airlines also need at least three cabin crew. Annie Ma, vice-president of Reed Exhibitions' Aerospace and Aviation Group, said: 'Inevitably this will lead to great demand for a growing number of qualified flight deck personnel needed by airlines throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 'To maintain the momentum of growth there will be increasing demand for pilots and flight deck crew, engineers, air traffic controllers and cabin crew.'