More than 100 entries in eight categories of the Crystal Cabin Awards have been received from all corners of the globe and setting a new record, a press release said. Some 94 concepts from 22 countries have been shortlisted for the world-famous aviation award. The contestants include airlines, suppliers, universities and major aircraft manufacturers. An international expert jury, meeting at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, will select the winners of the coveted trophies on April 2, 2019.
The aviation industry is also exploring ways of reducing CO2 footprints to lower the impact on the environment. Saving weight is crucial and can involve just the amount of drinking water aboard. The tanks are often filled to the brim even for a short hop, which increases fuel consumption. Canadian company International Water Guard has developed a system allowing the crew to check the fill level in seconds while on the ground, and to specify the refill level in 5 per cent steps. Concepts for eating are also undergoing change. An entry by the University of Cincinati foresees passengers using their smartphones to order a meal from a restaurant at the departure gate instead of aircraft meals. The meal is delivered to the gate in an environment-friendly cardboard box and served hot during the flight.
More comfort, super in-flight entertainment
Plenty of shortlisted ideas for the Crystal Cabin Award aim to make economy travel more pleasant. The spectrum ranges from ergonomically adjustable long-haul seats from Recaro to a self-service counter for snacks and drinks by Collins Aerospace. Another trend is personalised in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. One of the pioneers is myKrisworld from Singapore Airlines, which is almost as user-friendly as a streaming service. Passengers changing flights in Singapore, for instance, but continuing with the airline, can resume watching a film or series where they left off on the previous flight.
Crystal Cabin Award and its eight categories
The Crystal Cabin Award, an initiative of cluster Hamburg Aviation, is presented in eight categories: “Cabin Concepts”, “Cabin Systems”, “Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity”, “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment”, “Material & Components”, “Passenger Comfort Hardware”, “University” and “Visionary Concepts”. The 27 expert jury members will select three finalists to be announced in early March. The finalists will also have an opportunity to pitch their concepts to the jury at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (April 2-4, 2019 in Hamburg). This year’s winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Hamburg on the evening of April 2. This year’s award ceremony will be held in the trading floor hall of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce – a first in the history of the award.
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