The winning innovations in the awards, known as the “Oscars” of airline cabin design, have been unveiled.
A total of eight concepts were awarded gongs at the Crystal Cabin Awards 2021 in Hamburg.
This year, a coffee shop-style cabin, bunk beds on board and adjustable economy seats were among the triumphant designs.
The winning innovations in the awards, known as the “Oscars” of airline cabin design, have been unveiled. The winner in the cabin concept category was Alice (see illustration), which is described as the “first all-electric commuter jet” from the Israeli company Eviation Aircraft
The Crystal Cabin Awards jury was impressed by Alice’s ‘innovative herringbone seating concept’ developed by Almadesign of Portugal
The awards, which were presented for the 14th time, were given in eight categories: Cabin concepts; Cabin systems; greener cabin, health, safety and environment; In-flight entertainment and connectivity; Materials and hardware; Passenger comfort hardware; the university award and visionary concepts.
The winner in the cabin concept category was Alice, dubbed the Israeli company’s “first all-electric commuter jet” Eviation aircraft. It will carry up to nine passengers over a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers.
The judges were impressed by the aircraft’s ‘innovative cabin concept with a herringbone seating arrangement’ Almadesign from Portugal.
The highest award in the visionary concepts category went to airbus for his Airspace Cabin Vision 2030 conceptHere you will find flexible swivel seats, bunk beds, a fitness area and lounges for games or families.
According to Airbus, this concept offers passengers more choice and flexibility in choosing a personalized flight experience that is tailored to their individual needs, regardless of whether they are traveling for business or pleasure, alone or with the family.
The highest award in the visionary concepts category went to Airbus for the Airspace Cabin Vision 2030 concept shown
The Airbus Airspace Cabin Vision 2030 concept offers flexible swivel seats, bunk beds and lounges for games or families
What a training area in an airplane with an Airbus Airspace Cabin Vision 2030 concept could look like
According to Airbus, this concept gives passengers “more choice and flexibility in choosing a personalized flight experience tailored to their individual needs, regardless of whether they are traveling for business or pleasure, alone or with family”.
The University of Cincinnati scooped the gong in the university category for his Coffee house cabin Concept of adding long tables to airplanes for meetings, productive work, or coffee breaks.
It explained, “With four passengers at each table, the coffee house cabin allows passengers to have a personal work area during the flight. For safety reasons, all seats rotate towards the front of the aircraft during take-off and landing and the table wings fold down and are secured. ‘
In the passenger comfort hardware category, the Modulair S Economy seating concept from Safran Seats came out victorious.
The University of Cincinnati selected the gong in the “University” category for the coffeehouse cabin concept shown, adding long tables for meetings, productive work, or aircraft coffee breaks
“With four passengers at each table, the Coffee House Cabin allows passengers to have a personal workplace during the flight,” said the University of Cincinnati
The seat was developed in collaboration with the French university ENSCI and can “be expanded with various functions to offer economy class passengers comfort such as a neck rest or tablet holder”.
And that wasn’t Safran’s only award for 2021 as it also triumphed in the cabin systems, entertainment and in-flight connectivity categories.
Safran was honored for its award in the cabin systems category SOPHY concept – a tiny module that is “integrated into a catering trolley and provides information to the operator”, e.g. B. when it needs to be recharged and when it needs to be cleaned.
It was recognized for its recognition in the In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity category Rave bluetooth Innovation that allows every passenger or seat on an aircraft to connect to Bluetooth audio without affecting the connection for other seats.
In the passenger comfort hardware category, the shown Modulair S Economy seating concept from Safran Seats prevailed
The Modulair S seat shown can “be expanded with various functions and offer economy class passengers comfort such as a neck rest or tablet holder”.
The judges stated: “The fact that passengers are increasingly using wireless headphones to enjoy on-board entertainment is a challenge for many airlines as traditional Bluetooth connections fail when demand in the cabin reaches a certain level.
“Rave Bluetooth helps here and promises uninterrupted transmission throughout the aircraft.”
Canadian company e2ip Technologies took gold in the materials and components category.
Together with the National Research Council of Canada, the concept of a panel based on In-Mold Electronics (IME) was developed, which has “surface-printed electrical circuits that save complex, heavy cabin electronics”.
And finally, the award went to greener cab, health, safety and the environment Diehl Aviation for the reuse of gray waterunit.
The device allows water from the hand basin to be reused to flush the toilet instead of dumping valuable drinking water down the drain.
A graphic showing how Diehl Aviation’s ‘Greywater Reuse Unit’ works. Instead of using valuable drinking water, water from the hand wash in the basin is used to flush the toilet
According to Diehl Aviation, the aircraft therefore has to carry fewer water reserves with it, which makes it considerably easier. For a Boeing 787, this means savings of up to 550 tons of CO2 per year. “
The Crystal Cabin Awards say: “With a broad spectrum of innovations and commitment to current challenges, the winners of the 14th Crystal Cabin Awards make it clear that the aviation industry is not standing still despite the current crisis.”
The winners of two other awards – the Judges’ Choice Award and the Clean and Safe Air Travel Award – are to be announced.
These will be presented at the end of August at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.