Crystal Cabin Award 2019 winners

Crystal Cabin Award 2019 winners. Image: Kristina Velan

Collins Aerospace was this big winner this year, taking home two trophies.

The Crystal Cabin Award winners received their 3-D printed trophies during a ceremony in Hamburg last night. APEX Media director Maryann Simson hosted the event, which was held at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce for the first time.

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce replaced the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski as the venue this year. Image: Kristina Vlean

Before the winners were announced, a panel consisting of Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates; Juha Jarvinen, EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic; and Toni Garrn, co-founder of jetlite, addressed the airline passenger experience from both the passenger and the airline perspectives –  Garrn is also a model and frequent flyer. Joe Leader, CEO of APEX, was a member of the judging panel.

Crystal Cabin Award 2019 judges

Crystal Cabin Award 2019 judges. Image: Kristina Velan

Here is the complete list of finalists and winners from the 2019 Crystal Cabin Award ceremony (winners are in bold). For tweets from the event, including pictures of each winner, visit @theapexassoc.

Cabin Concepts

Lower Deck Pax Experience Modules – Airbus S.A.S. (cooperation partner Safran)

Emirates First Class Fully Enclosed Suites – Emirates (cooperation partners The Boeing Company, Collins Aerospace, Jacques Pierrejean Design Studio, Mercedes Benz, Panasonic, Teague

Essential – Safran

Cabin Systems

X-Tend Seat – the new Over Wing Exit Seat – Airbus Operations GmbH

M-Flex Duet – Collins Aerospace 

Flexible Passenger Service Unit System – Diehl Aerospace GmbH

Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment

Air New Zealand SkyCouch Infant & Child Improvements – Air New Zealand

UV LED Water Disinfection Unit – Diehl Aviation Gilching GmbH

nanoe – Panasonic Avionics


Virtual Windows – Collins Aerospace

Pioneering LEO Satellite Broadband – Global Eagle (cooperation partner Telesat, Gilat, Qest)

Entertainment for all – United Airlines (cooperation partner Panasonic Avionics)

Material and Components

uLED Reading Light – Collins Aerospace

Flexible door – Safran

KYDEX Lumina – SEKISUI Polymer Innovations, LLC

Passenger Comfort Hardware

Active Noise Control and Premium Seat Lighting – Panasonic Avionics

Sleeping comfort above the clouds – RECARO Aircraft Seating

Moments by STYLE&DESIGN – Style&Design


Adient 1FA – Hongik University (cooperation partner ADIENT)

Stratus – TU Delft (cooperation partner Safran)

SkyDining – University of Cincinnati (cooperation partners The Boeing Company & Live Well Collaborative)

Visionary Concepts


Boeing Smart Cabin – The Boeing Company

Peacock Suites – Paperclip Design Limited

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