A total of 21 products and ideas in seven categories have reached this year’s final of the world famous Crystal Cabin Awards for innovations in aircraft cabin interiors. The highly anticipated “Cabin Concept” category includes Canada’s aircraft manufacturer Bombardier, America’s Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. Bombardier is in contention with its C Series, the first completely new short and medium-haul airliner for 30 years. Delta is offering business class passengers privacy in enclosed cabin areas using partitions in its “Delta One Suite” – a luxury that has so far been reserved for first class passengers. The concept is being implemented in Delta’s A350s initially. The business passenger concept by United Airlines, “Polaris”, also promises maximum free space. After enjoying the exclusive Polaris Lounge with dinner service and relaxation rooms, passengers experience a new cabin configuration with all-aisle access seats in a density neutral layout, not compromising space or comfort.
“Materials and Components” category
The “Material and Components” category distinguishes the use of materials in the cabin that lower costs and are user friendly. This year finalists include novelties such as the “K-Reflexion Mirror” by Krüger Aviation. Thanks to its semi-transparent structure, this first plastic mirror can display safety announcements, product information and tips for the destination in the on-board lavatory. Studio Moderna Bologna has focused mainly on long-haul aviation seating and its innovative, elastic material units for the aircraft seat allow for optimal distribution of body weight – like a cushion above the clouds. Another finalist namely Diehl Aircabin has focused on decorating the cabin and uses direct printings to replace drab, grey patterns on the walls. Each wall can be decorated separately and does not have to be removed beforehand.
The seven winners of the Crystal Cabin Awards will be announced on the first evening of the Aircraft Interiors Expo (April 4-6, 2017) in Hamburg’s Hotel Kempinski.