2016 Crystal Cabin Award Finalists Announced (Part 1)

Crystal Cabin Awards 2016

The Crystal Cabin Award ® is celebrating its 10th year at Hamburg, Germany in 2016. The Crystal Cabin Award Association announced the finalists for the latest edition of the awards on March 7, 2016. The awards will be handed out at the Aircraft Interiors Expo to be held April 4-6, 2016.

Crystal Cabin Award

The following is an excerpt from the Association on the prestige awards:

“The Crystal Cabin Award is the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, donated by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and released by the Crystal Cabin Award Association. This unique honour for outstanding cabin products and concepts was presented for the first time ever on April 17th, 2007 during the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The Crystal Cabin Award’s main intention is to initiate a significant improvement in passenger comfort.

The award is designed to motivate companies and research facilities to develop new products and modern designs for aircraft cabin interiors. The development, manufacture and marketing of the innovative products or services must offer essential benefits in terms of usefulness to a potential customer, both to the final consumer as well as to the parts manufacturers.”

There are eight categories being awarded including:

Crystal Cabin Awards Category

Categories Source: Crystal Cabin Award

2015 Winners

Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment

B/E Aerospace “Solar Eclipse”

Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts

Embraer (cooperation partner PriestmanGoode) “E2 New Cabin Interior”

Material & Components

SABIC Innovative Plastics “Lightweight, Clear Lexan™ XHR Sheet Series”

Passenger Comfort Hardware

SII Deutschland GmbH “SANTO Seat“

Passenger Comfort Systems

ViaSat Inc. “ViaSat Exede® In The Air”

Premium Class & VIP

Etihad Airways (cooperation partners Acumen Design Associates, Factorydesign, Honour Branding and Promise Communispace) “Etihad Airways A380 Upper Deck”

Etihad Airways Airbus A380 First Apartment

Etihad Airways Airbus A380 First Apartment


HAW Hamburg in cooperation with Airbus Operations GmbH / Spille “Mobile Vacuum Trash Compactor“

2016 Finalists

In part 1, we will look at the first four categories and their finalists.

Cabin Concepts

This category is for cabins that were introduced in the last year and in operations. The finalists are:

  • Etihad Airways (cooperation partner Acumen Design Associates) for Etihad B787 First Suites – There are 8 First Class Suites in a 1-2-1 configuration. Each suite features a wide screen High Definition inflight entertainment system, connectivity options like USB/AC Power ports and a door.

    Etihad Airways B787 First Class

    Etihad Airways Boeing 787 First Class

  • Seymour Powell LTD. First Spaces – Similar to Etihad Airways Residence, this seat can convert into a double bed with a press of a button.

    First Spaces Seymourpowell

    First Spaces Seymour Powell

  • tangerine (cooperation partners Virgin Australia, B/E Aerospace) Virgin Australia, A330 & B777 – The latest design features a 1-2-1 configuration. Passengers are treated with more comfort with more space and lighting options.

    Virgin Australia Airbus 330 and Boeing 777 Business Class

    Virgin Australia Airbus 330 and Boeing 777 Business Class

Cabin Systems

  • B/E Aerospace Viu Flex Lighting System – a flexibility LED lighting system that be installed anywhere and can be tuned into many colors.
  • Diehl Service Modules GmbH (cooperation partner Diehl Aerospace GmbH) Smart Galley – A modular construction design makes it possible to reconfigure the galley at lightning speed
  • Lufthansa Technik (cooperation partner hs2 Engineering) Inductive Cooking Platform. The technology leverages the reduced-heat (and reduced flammability) found in home cooking.

    Lufthansa Techik Inductive Cooking Platform

    Lufthansa Techik Inductive Cooking Platform

Electronic Systems

  • Gogo 2Ku – 2Ku uses dual-antenna technology – one for the upward (receive-only) link to the aircraft, the other for the downward (return) link to the ground. Gogo’s U.S.-based Ground-To-Orbit solution utilizes one of the same proprietary antennas. Download speed can be up to 70 MBPS.


  • Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG BoardConnect Portable – the wireless IFE portable solution introduced in 2013. The system is light and can update contents over a mobile data link or a USB key.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OehsXJE3iyw


  • Thales (cooperation partners B/E Aerospace, tangerine) Digital Sky – a unique seat and IFE product pairing Thales and B/E Aerospace developed in collaboration with tangerine, re-imagines Economy and Premium Economy passenger experience. A large portrait digital seat-back display allows passengers to shop, play, listen, explore and watch simultaneously, using a split screen feature. 
    Thales tangerine Digital Sky

    Thales tangerine Digital Sky


Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment

  • Apparatebau Gauting GmbH Green Fire Suppression System – The Halon-Free Solution – An innovative and environmentally friendly fire extinguishing system for the cargo hold, spraying a mixture of water and nitrogen.
  • Fraunhofer Research Institution fos and Composites PYCO Chemical Recycling of Cabin Lining Elements – “The Institution focuses on developments for use in lightweight construction as well as in micro and optoelectronics: new (nano)materials, prepregs, core materials, layer composites, fibre-reinforced polymers, sandwich structures, bistable displays, optically integrated components, barrier layers”
  • The Boeing Company Clean Cabin – Fresh Lavatory – Covered by Experience The Skies, Boeing is taken a fresh take of using technology to make the lavatory area cleaner.

    Boeing Clean Lavatory Concept

    Boeing Clean Lavatory Concept
    Source: Boeing

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