DIEHL Aerospace, B/E Aerospace, Schott, ZIM Flugsitz, Lufthansa Technik, Paperclip Design and Delft Technical University were amongst the seven winners to raise the glowing white trophies in the Ball Room of the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski on the banks Hamburg’s Outer Alster lake.
Eight years of honouring innovation in aircraft cabins
54 submissions from twelve nations made it onto the shortlist. The Crystal Cabin Award, an initiative of Hamburg Aviation. Prof. Dr Peter Vink of the Delft University of Technology, Chairman of the Judging Panel, was clearly taken with the recurring high quality of the winners’ concepts, commenting, “This year’s Crystal Cabin Awards winners are international role models for the industry. They have more than earned their trophies. They are impressive proof that, year after year, we keep seeing innovations in the aircraft interiors market.” The crowning of the winners in Hamburg took place in the presence of 180 selected international guests at a gala dinner.
Energy saving,self-sufficient cabin system by DIEHL Aerospace
The Crystal Cabin Award oin the “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment” category was granted to DIEHL Aerospace. The German cabin fitting specialist has developed DACAPO, a power-saving, self-sufficient cabin system using rechargeable and replaceable energy trolleys. The trolleys can simply be swapped and the fuel cell systems recharged during ground time.
The trophy for “Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts” was presented by jury member Michael Kaye of Germanwings to the team of B/E Aerospace and Teague. Their advanced lavatory in a particularly slimline toilet module allows for six additional seats to be integrated into an aircraft with neither sacrificing space or comfort within the toilet cabin nor restricting the space for passengers in other seating rows.
Award-winning lightweight window
Dr. Bernd Egert, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation, honoured the German glass manufacturer Schott as winner in the “Material & Components” category. Schott was recognised for its , innovative lightweight glass structure for cabin windows, made out of glass composites with a foil coating.
Innovative passenger seats with increased comfort
The trophy for the “Passenger Comfort Hardware” category was presented by Ingo Wuggetzer, Vice President Cabin Innovation & Design at Airbus and member of the Judging Panel. The prize went to ZIM Flugsitz for the short-haul and medium-haul EC-00 seat with a new, patented backrest concept. It includes, for example, a new folding table structure, a new backrest itself, and an innovative connection between the backrest surface and the upholstery to make cleaning easier.
Highspeed Internet aboard
Katie Murphy from Reed Exhibitions, organiser of the Aircraft Interiors Expo, presented the Crystal Cabin Award for the “Passenger Comfort Systems” category to Lufthansa Technik. The Hamburg company’s acWAP is a high-speed WLAN router that even supports such data-intensive applications as video streaming and online games throughout the cabin. The new system will already enter into operation this summer on board 20 Lufthansa Airbus A321 aircraft.
Convertible long-haul premium seats
Ian Harbison from the British trade magazine Aircraft Cabin Management announced the winner in the “Premium Class & VIP” category. The Crystal Cabin Award for this exclusive category was won by Paperclip Design from Hong Kong. The company’s victorious convertible long-haul seat concept is an innovative solution, a seating area that can be converted from premium economy to a full-flat Business Option in next to no time. This allows airlines to adapt the allocation of business and economy seats on a long-haul flight based on load factors.
Studenten show a “Sense the Transitions“
The seventh and final award of the evening was presented by the chairman of the judging panel, Prof. Dr Peter Vink, in the “University” category, handing the trophy to his very own TU Delft. Three TU students successfully convinced the twenty-four jury members of the judging panel with a “Sense the Transitions”, an innovative in-flight entertainment concept where videos are projected onto the backrest of the seat in front, showing information about the culture, history and natural environment of the land area currently below the aircraft. Informative, interactive pop-up menus and audiovisual info graphics on a flexible OLED touchscreen display can also be integrated to add to the depth of the experience.