The winning innovations in the awards, the ‘Oscars’ of aircraft cabin design, have been unveiled.
In 2021, a total of eight concepts were given gongs Crystal Cabin Prices in Hamburg, which recognizes ‘excellence in aircraft interior innovation’.
And this year, a coffee shop-style cabin, onboard bunk beds and adjustable economy seats were among the triumphant designs.
The winning innovations in the awards, the ‘Oscars’ of aircraft cabin design, have been unveiled. The winner in the cabin concepts category was Alice, pictured, who is described as the Israeli company Eviation Aircraft’s ‘first all-electric commuter jet’
The Crystal Cabin Awards judges were impressed by Alice’s ‘innovative herringbone cabin concept’ created by Almadesign of Portugal.
The awards, now in their 14th year, were presented in eight categories – cabin concepts; cabin systems; greener cab, health, safety and environment; in-flight entertainment and connectivity; materials and hardware; passenger comfort hardware; the university prize and visionary concepts.
The winner in the cabin concepts category was Alice, described as the Israeli company’s “first purely electric commuter jet.” Eviation AircraftIt can carry up to nine passengers for a distance of up to 621 miles (1,000 kilometers).
The judges were impressed by the aircraft’s ‘innovative cabin concept with a herringbone layout’, created by Almadesign from Portugal.
The highest award in the visionary concepts category went to Airbus for its Airspace Cabin Vision 2030 concept, which offers flexible swivel chairs, bunk beds, a rehearsal area and lounges for games or families.
According to Airbus, with this concept, passengers will have “more choice and the flexibility to choose a personalized flight experience based on their individual needs, whether traveling for business or leisure, alone or with the family.”
The highest accolade in the visionary concepts category went to Airbus for its Airspace Cabin Vision 2030 concept, pictured
The Airbus Airspace Cabin Vision 2030 concept offers flexible swivel seats, bunk beds and lounges for games or families
What a training area could look like in an airplane with an Airbus Airspace Cabin Vision 2030 concept
According to Airbus, with this concept, passengers will have ‘more choice and the flexibility to choose a personalized flight experience based on their individual needs, whether traveling for business or leisure, alone or with the family’
The University of Cincinnati scooped the gong in the university category for his Coffee house booth concept, adding long tables to planes for meetings, productive work or coffee breaks.
It explained, ‘With four passengers at each table, the Coffee House Cabin provides passengers with personal workspace during the flight. For safety, all seats swivel to the front of the plane during takeoff and landing, and the table wings fold down and lock into place. ‘
Meanwhile, when it came to the passenger comfort hardware category, the Modular S economy seating concept from Safran Seats came out on top.
The University of Cincinnati took the gong in the university category for its Coffee House Cabin concept, pictured, which would add long tables to planes for meetings, productive work, or coffee breaks
“With four passengers at each table, the Coffee House Cabin provides in-flight passengers with a personal workspace,” explains the University of Cincinnati.
Developed in collaboration with the French university ENSCI, the seat can be ‘expanded with various functions, allowing economy class passengers to enjoy comfort such as neck support or a tablet holder’.
And that wasn’t Safran’s only award for 2021, it was also triumphant in the cabin systems and in-flight entertainment and connectivity categories.
In the cabin systems category, Safran was honored for his SOPHY concept – a tiny module that is ‘integrated into a catering trolley and provides the operator with information’ such as when to recharge and when to clean.
Meanwhile, in the entertainment and in-flight connectivity category, it was triumphant with its Rave Bluetooth innovation that ‘allows any passenger or seat of an aircraft to connect to Bluetooth audio without affecting the connection for other seats’.
When it came to the passenger comfort hardware category, Safran Seats’ Modular S economy seating concept, pictured, came out on top.
The Modular S seat, pictured, is ‘expandable with various functions, providing comfort such as neck rest or a tablet holder to economy class passengers’
The judges explained: “The fact that passengers are increasingly using wireless headphones to enjoy onboard entertainment is a challenge for many airlines as conventional Bluetooth connections drop out when demand in the cabin reaches a certain level.
“Rave Bluetooth helps with this and promises uninterrupted transmission throughout the aircraft.”
Canadian firm e2ip Technologies won gold in the materials and components category.
Together with the National Research Council of Canada, it came up with the concept of a panel based on In-Mold Electronics (IME), which has a ‘surface printed electrical circuit that saves on complex, heavy cabin electronics’.
And finally, the prize for greener cabin, health, safety and environment went to Diehl Aviation for the reuse of gray water Unit
The unit makes it possible to reuse water from the basin to flush the toilet, instead of running precious drinking water down the drain.
An image showing how Diehl Aviation’s Greywater Reuse Unit works. Instead of using precious drinking water, it uses water from the sink to flush the toilet
As a result, according to Diehl Aviation, ‘the aircraft has to transport fewer water reserves, making it considerably lighter. For a Boeing 787 this means a saving of up to 550 tons of CO2 per year ‘.
The Crystal Cabin Awards said, “With a broad spectrum of innovation and commitment to today’s challenges, the winners of the 14th Crystal Cabin Awards make it clear that despite the current crisis, the airline industry is not standing still.”
The winners of two more awards – the jury’s choice award and the clean and safe air travel award – have yet to be announced.
They will be presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg at the end of August.