The Crystal Cabin Awards are presented in 8 categories:
This category is provided for complete cabins that are already existent. Different cabin elements are composed to one product. Cabin Concepts can be submitted by airlines as well as by aircraft manufacturers and design companies. Applicants should explain why their product is innovative as requested for every category.
The category Cabin Systems comprises all new products that mean a major benefit for the airline e.g. seats, galleys, lavatories, trolleys, air conditioning, electrical systems, electronic cabin management systems, waste & potable water systems, acoustics and many more. Efficiency of mechanical solutions will be evaluated e.g. Further criteria are ergonomic advantages and ease of implementation.
This category comprises the fastest growing product range in the aviation industry and has become extremely important for the passenger. It includes e.g. IFE, connectivity etc.
This category combines different classes of innovations. An entry for this category must either reduce negative effects on the environment, or it must minimize health or safety hazards and security problems for passengers, staff or live cargo. European and international legislation compliance will be taken into consideration for the evaluation of the entry. The innovation should not restrict an individual’s comfort unnecessarily to gain high marks.
Developing new materials, new material applications or a new combination of materials for cabin systems can cut production costs and maximize usability. This category embraces an enormous variety of different aircraft components. Entries can be an innovative, single technical component, or material, but not a fully developed product like a seat.
Travelling comfortably is an important business factor for airlines. This category has been created for great demands in passenger comfort. Therefore entries must improve passenger comfort within the cabin, either for all passengers or for specific groups of passengers. An innovation that is of general use to a large group of individuals may well achieve higher marks due to its increased effectiveness for the airline´s success. This category includes e.g. economy seats, lavatories, bins, partitions, lighting system, linings, premium, business, first class products, VIP products etc.
This category provides room for college and university students to present their visions for innovative products and concepts for aircraft interior. It should reflect the idea of making flying more comfortable or ecological. By submitting an application in this category students would benefit from gaining important contacts within the industry regarding their professional future.
Visionary Concepts can give us an impression of aircraft cabins of tomorrow. How can we provide air transport in the future without loss of comfort while current technologies and practices (especially carbon based fuel) become more and more limiting? How can passenger comfort and aircraft efficiency even be raised? This category relates to concepts that have not yet been implemented.
The Etihad Airways First Suite on its Boeing B787 Dreamliner was a completely bespoke desi...
Etihad B787 First Suite
The Etihad Airways First Suite on its Boeing B787 Dreamliner was a completely bespoke design, matching the unrivalled levels of space, features and luxury afforded to the First Apartments on the A380, but packaged into a product that could be integrated into the smaller B787 aircraft. Each guest can enjoy a luxury leather, fully pneumatic and customisable seat that converts into a fully flat bed. Each suite is fully enclosed with high sliding doors to afford guests maximum privacy, and guests can enjoy an individual chilled mini bar, personal closet and large single leaf table with the ability to dual dine.
The Viu lighting system offers a near infinite array of of lighting palettes, patterns, ti...
Viu Lighting System
The Viu lighting system offers a near infinite array of of lighting palettes, patterns, timed intervals and lumens. It can be installed anywhere; all entryways, toe kicks, monuments, galleys, lavs and stowage. In short, any place that needs lighting, Viu can be installed there because of its revolutionary flexible strip design. It will accommodate low profile and low clearance areas (as low as 1/8th inch), laid down straight, or Viu Contour and Viu Flex can curve to a designated shape (1.5” bend). Viu can create lighting patterns behind screens of differing materials as well as project images onto walls. There are built in intelligent RFID interfaces. Finer controls can be achieved via mobile app.
BoardConnect Portable by Lufthansa Systems is a simple and flexible, all-in-one in-flight ...
BoardConnect Portable by Lufthansa Systems is a simple and flexible, all-in-one in-flight entertainment solution for low-cost operations. The solution is based on rugged Mobile Streaming Units (MSU) and for the first time, the server and access points are integrated in a single device. Each MSU provides streamed content of the highest quality for up to 50 clients. The MSU is approximately the size of a tablet and weighs only 1 kg. Using two MSUs, airlines can deliver concurrent streaming of Hollywood relevant content to up to 100 passengers, accommodating an entire single aisle aircraft with almost no footprint attached.
The Clean Cabin – Fresh Lavatory offers a way to improve the cleanliness of airplane lavat...
The Clean Cabin – Fresh Lavatory
The Clean Cabin – Fresh Lavatory offers a way to improve the cleanliness of airplane lavatories during flight without increasing crew workload while enhancing the overall passenger experience. The Clean Cabin – Fresh Lavatory features a comprehensive suite of technologies, such as: a faster and more effective Far UV disinfection unit that can actively sanitize surfaces, air, and water in the lavatory, touch-less features that can minimize transmission of disease-causing microorganisms and architectural features and material design that can eliminate accumulation of dirt and enhance the clean look of the space.
Infused Imaging makes truly custom design possible in thermoformed parts instead of limiti...
Infused Imaging makes truly custom design possible in thermoformed parts instead of limiting operators and passengers to existing design: for the first time in thermoplastic sheet extrusion, bespoke pattern-in-product is possible. The unique process integrates design into SEKISUI SPI’s polymer and could possibly relegate film caps on thermoformed parts to product development history.
Rebel.aero introduces a revolutionary new economy class seat design that offers multiple b...
Rebel.aero introduces a revolutionary new economy class seat design that offers multiple benefits to both passengers and operators. By incorporating a brand new structural design with patented features the Rebel.aero seat offers each passenger the maximum amount of space allowable combined with new levels of comfort and safety. With the incorporation of an AMSAFE 3-point safety system every passenger on the aircraft has been given that additional level of safety. The unique patented folding “booster” seat offers each passenger the ability to change to an alternative seating position during flight to prevent stiffness or discomfort, stand up in the seat to aid boarding or exiting the aircraft as well as the ability to be used as an integral child booster seat which adds no additional weight to the certified seat.
The HeadRest offers a subtle way to retreat within the space of your economy seat during l...
The HeadRest offers a subtle way to retreat within the space of your economy seat during long-haul flights. Unfolding the side wings of the HeadRest reveals a hammock construction which cradles your head as you lean sidewards, preventing sliding and nodding. The side wings offer privacy at eye level with the subtle act of adjusting your HeadRest for sleeping or relaxing. This gives you a feeling of increased autonomy, control and privacy, which are important factors for experiencing comfort. The HeadRest is designed to enable retro-fitting to existing Zodiac seats, enabling airlines to upgrade their current fleet in terms of passenger comfort, through a relatively small intervention. The HeadRest was designed in the context of Manon Kühne’s graduation project, in association with Zodiac Seats U.S., for the Integrated Product Design master's degree at Delft University of Technology.
Today, the experience of air travel is governed by rigid, grid like formats, segmented onl...
Today, the experience of air travel is governed by rigid, grid like formats, segmented only by class. They are the by-product of longstanding and traditional business models, where people have little choice but to conform; movement through the cabin is linear and awkward with the seat always the epi¬center of activity. This archetype is no longer reflective of our modern culture where people expect choice and the ability to customize and tailor the services they use.