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 such as antennas, passenger Apps, moving maps, unique Wifi features 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.
Honours went to Delta Air Lines for the "Delta One Suite". Cabin areas enclosed with priva...
Delta One Suite
Honours went to Delta Air Lines for the "Delta One Suite". Cabin areas enclosed with privacy partitions give a First Class feeling to Business Class travel. Carefully selected materials, mood lighting and technology work together to ensure an aesthetically exclusive travel experience.
The "Power Line Communication" concept promises less cable spaghetti and, as a result, a s...
Power Line Communication
The "Power Line Communication" concept promises less cable spaghetti and, as a result, a significant reduction in aircraft weight. If Diehl has its way, the power cables already present in aircraft can be used in the future to carry data as well.
Global Eagle Entertainment's entertainment system streams films, offers various on-demand ...
Global Eagle Entertainment's entertainment system streams films, offers various on-demand platforms for series and magazines, and allows users to surf the internet on their own personal devices.
The Airbus ReTrolley recycles and compresses passenger’s rubbish whilst it is still being ...
The Airbus ReTrolley recycles and compresses passenger’s rubbish whilst it is still being pushed through the cabin. The recycler on wheels is one of the start-up projects successfully supported by the "Airbus BizLab" accelerator program.
Vanema in collaboration with Boxmark promises relief from the unpleasantness of sitting in...
Vanema in collaboration with Boxmark promises relief from the unpleasantness of sitting in an aircraft for long stretches. Individual foam springs distribute the passenger’s weight evenly, adapting to the passenger. The "Octaspring" concept won the team the Crystal Cabin Award in the "Material & Components" category
Flexibility was the order of the day in the "Passenger Comfort Hardware" category, won by ...
Smart Cabin Reconfiguration
Flexibility was the order of the day in the "Passenger Comfort Hardware" category, won by Airbus in collaboration with Recaro and THK for their "Smart Cabin Reconfiguration". The innovation means that the rails for mounting aircraft seats can be repositioned by the cabin crew without any prior mechanical knowledge in response to the load factor for the flight. Seats can be removed or added in just a few simple steps.
Thanks to a specially shaped seat, the wheelchair can be rolled directly over the on-board...
"Smart Onboard Wheelchair"
Thanks to a specially shaped seat, the wheelchair can be rolled directly over the on-board toilet, allowing the passenger to use the lavatory independently.