A record 91 entries from 18 countries have been shortlisted for the 12th Crystal Cabin Awards, one of the most coveted awards in aviation, a press release said Monday (January 22, 2018). This year’s entries range from individual lightweight components to a long-haul VIP aircraft with on-board cinema, a practical economy-class module to a first-class suite. A jury of 28 experts will select winners in eight categories during the Aircraft Interiors Expo underway from April 10-12, 2018.
Double bed and family suite: making flying almost like a hotel stay
Five aircraft manufacturers including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer and Gulfstream are among the shortlisted entries. Other major players such as Diehl, Rockwell Collins and Zodiac Aerospace have also been shortlisted and are joined by student concepts from ten universities all over the world.
International airlines are among the shortlisted candidates particularly in the premium segment. The new A380 first-class suites by Singapore Airlines, for instance, create an experience similar to a hotel room. A crew member can remove the partition wall to the neighbouring suite and make room for a real double bed. Qatar Airways goes one step further with the new Business Class QSuite: where needed, up to four seats can be arranged opposite each other to create an “open-plan compartment” for the whole family. Meanwhile, the new Airspace Cabin on the Airbus A320neo will provide a hotel-like atmosphere for all passengers on short and medium-haul flights – like travelling in the open plan section of an Intercity train.
Every millimetre counts – benefits for economy passengers
Several shortlisted entries focus on the passenger experience in the “back rows” of the cabin. Two entries present innovative armrests with space for two elbows. And the noise-absorbing headrest from seat manufacturer Haeco will bring relief to people disturbed by the neighbouring passenger’s volume levels. The headrest folds across the ears with a single movement. Queues for the toilet may soon be a thing of the past, when Jamco’s new lavatory concept and Zodiac Aerospace’s urinal solution significantly reduce the time spent in the aircraft’s smallest cabin. Multimedia submissions will be fun and ensure that time spent aboard flies – both figuratively and literally. These entries include the first 3D monitor for in-flight entertainment and a virtual reality headset for deep immersion in new entertainment worlds in the sky.
Categories and roadmap: What’s next in the 12th Crystal Cabin Award?
The Crystal Cabin Award, initiated by the cluster Hamburg Aviation, is awarded in eight categories: “Cabin Concepts”, “Cabin Systems”, “Electronic Systems”, “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment”, “Material & Components”, “Passenger Comfort Hardware”, “University” and “Visionary Concepts”. The expert judges choose three finalists, who will be announced in early March, from the shortlisted entries. The finalists will pitch their entries during the Aircraft Interiors Expo. The winners will receive the coveted, snow-white awards during a gala dinner in Hamburg’s Hotel Atlantic Kempinski on April 10, 2018. A victory at the Crystal Cabin Award is unequivocal recognition by global specialists in the sector. The latest trends also garner worldwide global attention and so far more than 600 online publications in some 60 countries have reported on the awards.
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