The 13th Crystal Cabin Awards were presented Tuesday (April 2, 2019) in Hamburg to the winners Airbus, United Airlines, Air New Zealand, Recaro, Paperclip Design, TU Delft and twice to Collins Aerospace. Each winner received a snow-white 3D trophy at a ceremony in the Chamber of Commerce. Over 100 entries from 22 countries were submitted this year – a record for the award initiated by Hamburg Aviation.
CCA boosting comfort and technological progress
Dr Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “Hamburg is one of the largest and most important locations for civil aviation worldwide with Airbus, Lufthansa Technik and Hamburg Airport, as well as many suppliers and research facilities. The idea was born in our Hamburg Aviation cluster 13 years ago, and today it is an established factor across all segments of the industry, worldwide. We are thrilled, year after year, to bring so many ingenious and visionary innovations together in Hamburg — innovations that are beneficial to passengers and aircraft operators alike.” The Crystal Cabin Awards for cabin innovation and on-board products are presented every year as part of the leading global trade fair “Aircraft Interiors Expo” and give insight into future trends.
Made in Hamburg – Airbus’ winning flexible modules
Airbus secured the award in the Cabin Concepts category with its Lower Deck Pax Experience modules. The company has created flexible compartments for parts of aircraft normally used for cargo. In no time at all, beds, lounges and play areas can be created where suitcases have been stored until now. Airbus employs some 12,500 people in Hamburg making the city its largest German Airbus location.
German seat manufacturer Recaro won the award in the Passenger Comfort Hardware category with a long-haul seat that makes Economy Class travel pleasanter thanks to neck support and adjustable cushioning for the seat and backrest. Collins Aerospace led the way in the Cabin Systems category, showing how to exploit unused space for passenger services. Its Flex Duet kiosk can be folded out in front of the aircraft door during cruising flight. Air New Zealand nabbed the trophy in the Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment category with its Skycouch. An entire row of Economy class seating can transform into a bed surface. Special safety belts mean that even babies and infants can lie safely on the folding bed.
From barrier-free entertainment to first-class cabins
In-flight entertainment and connectivity is a major growth area at the Aircraft Interiors Expo. United Airlines won over the jury with its persuasive Entertainment for All system. Larger displays and voice recognition make the in-flight entertainment system accessible. An in the Material & Components category, the uLED Reading Light by multiple prize-winner Collins Aerospace took the honours. The system can project almost any shape of light beam imaginable, providing targeted light for reading in several seats at the same time. Finalists in the University category hailed from all corners of the globe. South Korea’s Sahngseok Lee from Hongik University in Seoul, took the prize with his “1 For All concept”, designed in collaboration with seating manufacturer Adient and beat rivals from the U.S and the Netherlands. Various seating classes are nested together in a tetris-like arrangement and connected by stairs, resulting in the best possible use of space.
The Visionary Concepts category honoured a futuristic concept by the winner Paperclip Design, which is both flexible and luxurious. The company’s Peacock Suites promise a variable configuration of First Class cabins – from family compartments with a bunk bed to a three-room luxury suite. All the winners will present their concepts to visitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in the Cabin Space LIVE Auditorium, near the official Crystal Cabin Award Gallery on the first floor in Hall B4, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 3 April.