The winners of the 12th Crystal Cabin Awards accepted the snow-white awards during a gala dinner in Hamburg’s Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Tuesday (April 10, 2018) as part of Aircraft Interiors Expo. A record 91 entries from 18 countries had been shortlisted for the 12th Crystal Cabin Awards, one of the most coveted awards in aviation, in eight categories.
New entertainment category
Bluebox Aviation won the new “In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity (IFEC)“category with their “Bluebox Accessible IFE” platform that provides barrier-free access to in-flight entertainment for visually impaired passengers on long-haul routes.
The London-based PriestmanGoode design agency together with Qatar Airways triumphed in the “Cabin Concepts” category with its “Qatar Airways QSuite”. With just a simple flick of the hand, it allows four Business Class suites to be arranged around a table for eating and socialising with family and friends.
Rockwell Collins won the award in the “Cabin Systems” category for the partition wall between Business and Economy Class, “Silhouette MOVE”. The wall behind the business section is bowed in such a way that the economy passenger sitting behind it still has enough legroom and space for cabin baggage.
3D print procedure from Hamburg triumphs
The Austrian company Villinger won the “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment” category with it’s “LiteHeat” indestructible heated floor panel. Printing a revolution: Airbus and Altran were victorious in the “Material & Components” category, thanks to their “Printed Electrics” process. Cable harnesses for cabin electronics may soon be a thing of the past, if wiring is directly printed using this process. The new technology was jointly developed in Hamburg’s ZAL TechCenter.
From water-saving taps to 360 degree panorama
Rockwell Collins won a second Crystal Cabin Award in the “Passenger Comfort Hardware” category for it’s “Valkyrie Bed”. The seat becomes a comfortable place to sleep. Passengers in the super business-class get a more luxurious experience with a comfortable seat to work, eat and lounge. The seat folds away and a full-size mattress emerges from the console.
The “University” category was more international than ever this year. Students from Britain’s Cranfield University took the honours for their “E-tom Smart” water tap concept, which uses water nebulisation to save up to 90 per cent of this resource, convinced the jury.
Spain’s Renacen won the “Visionary Concepts” category with the “3D Seat Map VR” software. During the flight booking, the application offers a virtual 360-degree view of the cabin from the passenger perspective. The winners will pitch their entries at 11 am on Thursday (April 12, 2018) in the Crystal Cabin Award Gallery (Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hall B3 1. Upper) during the Aircraft Interiors Expo.