The 11th Crystal Cabin Award were presented Tuesday in Hamburg’s Hotel Kempinski as part of the 16th Aircraft Interiors Expo. The sought-after awards, initiated by Hamburg Aviation, saw 85 applicants from 21 countries enter making for a tough, highly competitive field this year. The finalists included aviation giants such as Airbus that had four entries in the final round.
Exciting “Cabin Concepts” category
Honours in the “Cabin Concepts” category went to Delta Air Lines for their Delta One Suite this year. Their innovative cabin areas enclosed by partitions give passengers in the business class a first class feeling. Aviation heavyweights United Airlines and Canada’s Bombardier had submitted the two other entries in this category.
Diehl Aerospace won the “Cabin Systems” award for their “Power Line Communication” which promises a smaller cobweb of cables and a significant reduction in aircraft weight as a result. If Diehl has its way, the existing power cables in aircraft could be used to transport data in future.
Global Eagle Entertainment triumphed in the “Electronic Systems” category. The U.S. company’s entertainment platform streams movies and offers on-demand platforms for series and magazines and lets users surf the net on their own personal devices as well.
Airbus sustainability concept wins over
The idea of achieving major impact using minimum materials proved the key to success for Airbus in the “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment” category. The Airbus ReTrolley recycles and compresses passengers’ rubbish while it is being pushed through the cabin. The recycler on wheels is a start-up project backed by the Airbus BizLab accelerator programme.
Vanema and Boxmark’s “Octaspring” concept gives passengers relief from sitting for long stretches and won the team the coveted Crystal Cabin Award in the “Material and Components” category. Under the Octaspring concept, individual foam springs distribute the passenger’s weight evenly and adapts to the passenger. Flexibility was the top priority in the “Passenger Comfort Hardware” category won by Airbus in collaboration with Recaro und THK for their “Smart Cabin Reconfiguration” concept. Their innovation means that rails for mounting aircraft seats can be repositioned by the cabin crew who do not require prior mechanical knowledge. Seats can be removed or added in just a few simple steps.
Hamburg’s HAW wins “University” category
All smiles and celebrations among the team from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences whose “Smart Onboard Wheelchair” concept won the “University” category and beat two rivals from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The wheelchair designed by HAW can be rolled over the on-board toilet and lets the passenger use the lavatory independently.
All of the finalists’ products and concepts will be presented Thursday (April 6) during the international Aircraft Interiors Expo in the Crystal Cabin Award Gallery (Hall B3 Upper). The winners will present their concepts to the public in person.