Decision-makers will gather from April 5-7, 2016 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo where the Crystal Cabin Award is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It has long since become a feature of the three-day trade fair in Hamburg. The prize, launched by the Hamburg Aviation cluster, is awarded to the most innovative new products and ideas in eight different categories. The winners and finalists give a good overview of the trends in global aviation, according to the cluster management.
Awards ceremony in Hotel Atlantic Kempinski
This year’s race to win the coveted Crystal Cabin Award trophies saw a record 95 entries from 18 nations. The submissions include ideas for large-screen entertainment systems, broadband connectivity above the clouds, and lighting concepts to set the right mood in the cabin.
The awards will be presented during a gala on April 5, 2016 in Hamburg’s Hotel Atlantic Kempinski. Speakers at this event include Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, and Brigitte Zypries, Germany’s Federal Parliamentary State Secretary for aerospace policy. However, each finalist must first answer critical questions from 24 expert judges including airlines’ representatives, aircraft manufacturers, suppliers, technical service providers as well as university professors and expert journalists.
Airbus and Emirates are sponsors
The finalists reflect products already established on the market such as the “Skycouch” in Air New Zealand’s Economy class, which folds out as a bed, along with such bold visions as the futuristic “LIFE” cabin from the Portuguese design agency Almadesign. Airbus, Emirates, Panasonic and Lufthansa Technik count among the reputable sponsors of the award.
All the finalists’ products and concepts will go on display in the Crystal Cabin Award Gallery during the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016. The winners will present their concepts to the public on the second day of the fair.