Crystal Cabin Award

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APEX Insight: Twenty-four airline passenger experience industry innovations have been chosen as finalists for the 12th annual Crystal Cabin Award. Rockwell Collins and Airbus lead as finalists in four categories each.

The Crystal Cabin Award recognizes innovations in aircraft cabin design and technology by aircraft manufacturers, airlines, suppliers, engineering firms and universities. The finalists have been selected from a shortlist including 91 submissions, with Rockwell Collins and Airbus leading as finalists in four categories each. The winners, who will receive trophies produced for the first time using 3D printing technology, will be announced during the Aircraft Interiors Expo at a ceremony on April 10 at Hamburg’s Hotel Atlantic Kempinski.

The finalists will compete for the top position the following categories:

1. Cabin Concepts

A320 Family Airspace Interior – Airbus

Qatar Airways Qsuite – PriestmanGoode

Singapore Airlines New A380 Suites – Singapore Airlines (cooperation partners Pierrejean Design Studio & Zodiac Seats UK)

2. Cabin Systems

Passme Innovative Aircraft Seat – PASSME Consortium (cooperation partners Almadesign, Optimares, TU Delft & DLR)

Silhouette MOVE – Rockwell Collins

Durinal – Zodiac Aerospace

3. Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment

The Boeing Cabin Dry Floor – The Boeing Company

LiteHeat IHP™ – “Indestructible Heated Floor Panel” – Villinger GmbH

Cyber – secured cabin wireless networks – VT Miltope


Bluebox aIFE: Accessible IFE (aIFE™) for passengers with visual impairment – Bluebox Aviation Systems Ltd. (cooperation partners Virgin Atlantic Airways & The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association)

The European Aviation Network – Inmarsat

Glasses – Free 3D IFE – UNITED SCREENS GmbH

5. Material and Components

Printed Electrics applied: The new Info-Panel – Airbus (cooperation partners ALTRAN S.A.S & Co. KG)

Secant Luminous Panel – Rockwell Collins

Airborne Cooking Robot – Weigele Aerospace

6. Passenger Comfort Hardware

787 Dreamliner Tourist Class Seating – LIFT by EnCore (cooperation partners The Boeing Company)

Valkyrie Bed – Rockwell Collins

Eco Zlounge – Zodiac Aerospace

7. University

‘E-tom Smart Faucet’: a water atomization concept – Cranfield University

Gigabit Wireless Networking in Aircraft Cabins via Light-Fidelity (LiFi) – The University of Edinburgh (cooperation partners Airbus & pureLiFi)

Virtual Assistant: Boeing Onboard – University of Cincinnati (cooperation partners The Boeing Company & Live Well Collaborative)

8. Visionary

New Cabin Premium Class “Day and Night” Concept – Airbus

3D SeatMapVR – Renacens Sistemas SL

Universal Passenger Seat Interface – Rockwell Collins


For information on last year’s winners, click here.