Crystal Cabin Award 2020 finalists


A total of 24 innovations have been selected from over 100 entries as finalists for the 14th annual Crystal Cabin Award. There are three finalists in each of eight categories, listed below. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on March 31, during Aircraft Interiors Expo.

[PHOTOS] Crystal Cabin Award 2019 Winners

Among this year’s finalists are: Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Loft, which provides a space for passengers to socialize; Schott’s touch- controlled reading light, which allows passengers to adjust the position and brightness; and a cafe-inspired concept from the University of Cincinatti that turns the center of the cabin into a workspace. Also included is Spafax’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) analytics platform, Spafax IQ. At APEX TECH last month, Hali Hamilton, manager, Entertainment and Partnerships at Air Canada, which is a Spafax IQ customer, explained how the tool has changed the airline’s approach to IFE.

1. Cabin Concepts

The Boeing Company (cooperation partner Teague) – 777X Sky Architecture

Eviation & Almadesign – ALICE

Virgin Atlantic (cooperation partners AIM Altitude, Factorydesign, Boltaron, Isovolta, Mankiewicz UK & F.H.Lambert) – Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Loft

2. Cabin Systems

Safran Cabin – SOPHYTM, The Smart Trolley Solution

SFS Intec GmbH Aircraft Components & jetlite GmbH – lite2fix

SITAONAIR – Next Gen Connectivity Mobile ONAIR 4G

3. Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment

ATR (cooperation partner Bacqueyrisses) – AudioBack®

Diehl Aviation – Greywater Reuse Unit

PriestmanGoode – Zero – economy meal tray


JetBlue Airways (cooperation partners Thales Avionics, Spafax, Viasat & Astronics) – The Multi-Screen Experience

Safran Passenger Solutions – RAVE Bluetooth

Spafax (cooperation partner Air Canada) – Spafax IQ: The IFEC industry’s leading data analytics platform

5. Material and Components

Diehl Aerospace – Experience Line BRIDGE

e₂ip technologies (cooperation partner National Research Council of Canada) – In-Mold Electronics (IME) A Paradigm Shift In Manufacturing And Design

Schott AG (cooperation partner PriestmanGoode) – The new SCHOTT® Jade reading light

6. Passenger Comfort Hardware


Ciara Crawford – Row 1 Aircraft Wheelchair

Safran Seats (cooperation partner ENCSi) – Modulair S

7. University

Delft University of Technology (cooperation partner KLM) – Collapsible beds for the Flying V

HAW Hamburg – Isotravel: The ISOFIX-Adapter for Aircraft Passenger Seats

University of Cincinnati (cooperation partners The Boeing Company and The Live Well Collaborative) – Coffee House Cabin

8. Visionary Concepts

AIM ALTITUDE   – ARCA – Galley System

Airbus Operations GmbH  – Airspace Cabin Vision 2030

AirGo Design – Galaxy: Flatbed for A321