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Crystal Cabin Award celebrates 10th anniversary

Award launched by Hamburg Aviation highlights trends in aircraft cabins. 24 finalists to face jury at Aircraft Interiors Expo

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.

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About Hamburg Aviation

Hamburg Aviation is the aviation industry cluster for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region – one of the world’s most important locations in the civil aviation industry with more than 40,000 highly qualified staff. Their core competencies cover design, assembly and outfitting, maintenance, repair, overhaul and recycling. In the third-biggest location in the civil aviation industry worldwide, the industry’s two giants, Airbus and Lufthansa Technik, are joined by Hamburg Airport and more than 300 small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as a variety of scientific and technological institutions.

Companies, universities, associations, the economic authority and other partners have come together to form Hamburg Aviation, a cluster dedicated to advancing Hamburg as an aviation location. Together, they pursue a common goal: to network, do research and development and bringing high-quality products and services for the aviation of the future – products for passengers and set the standards in terms of resource protection – to market. In 2008, the Hamburg Aviation cluster was recognised as a cluster of excellence by the German Ministry of Education and Research. In 2014, Hamburg Aviation was recognised by the European Commission’s ECEI Initiative as one of Europe’s best-managed clusters with the GOLD label.
For more information, see:” www.hamburg-aviation.de”: http://www.hamburg-aviation.de

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