An expert jury has selected 24 finalists from 94 applicants shortlisted for the 2019 Crystal Cabin in eight categories, a press release said Tuesday (February 26, 2019). Airlines, manufacturers, suppliers and universities from all over the world are represented in the final round. The winners will be announced in Hamburg on April 2, 2019 simultaneously with the Aircraft Interiors Expo, the world’s leading trade fair.
The Crystal Cabin Award, an initiative of the cluster Hamburg Aviation, is presented in eight categories: “Cabin Concepts”, “Cabin Systems”, “IFEC (Inflight Entertainment/Connectivity)”, “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment”, “Material & Components”, “Passenger Comfort Hardware”, “University” and “Visionary Concepts”. Three candidates are going head-to-head in the category “Cabin Concepts”. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has designed new use of space underneath the passenger cabin with its Lower Deck Pax Experience Modules. A product by Global Eagle called the Low-Earth Orbit Satellite (LEO) floats in space at a relatively low altitude providing extra-fast broadband for airborne clients and is a finalist in the In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC)” category.
Smart cabins and voice command
Flexibility is the focus of the category “Visionary Concepts”, as in the Ultraflex Zone, with which AIM Altitude has reached the finals. Passengers in all classes can use the snack bar or relax in lounge chairs. The Peacock Suite concept entered by Paperclip Design in Hong Kong gives airlines more leeway in varying their First Class products. Co-finalist Boeing has applied itself to visionary redesign of the cabin. Much like smart home infrastructure, all the components of the Smart Cabin can be digitally managed and controlled by voice command.
Students and eligibility
Students from all over the world are represented in the category “University” with their competing plans for the future. Sahngseok Lee from Hongik University in Korea, for instance, has designed the 1 For All concept in collaboration with seating manufacturer Adient. It interweaves the various seat classes to achieve the maximum possible use of space.
To be eligible for one of the trophies, which are now 3D printed, the 24 finalists must pitch their ideas in person to the 27 members of the international expert jury. The winners will be announced during a Gala Dinner on the trading hall floor of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on April 2, as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo, the leading global trade fair for aircraft cabins (April 2–4, 2019 in Hamburg).