Crystal Cabin Awards winners announced

(CNN) – It was a strange time for aviation and, for many of us, it has been over a year since we actually saw the inside of an airplane cabin.

This year’s awards are given to designs such as a hyper-connected, personalized cabin of the future and the strange interior of an electric jet aimed at travelers.

The long list was announced in January 2020, with the results announced at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2020, which was originally scheduled to take place in Hamburg, Germany in March 2020.

When Covid crossed Northern Europe last spring, these events came to a standstill. Fast forward a year and the designers were finally honored at a virtual ceremony this week.

While the shortlist was selected in a pre-pandemic climate, the winners take on new significance after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“If the demand for air travel is to increase again, what is needed now is convincing ideas that inspire passengers on an equal footing and give them a good feeling,” said Carmen Krause-Bösterling, project director at the Crystal Cabin Award Association at CNN Travel, adding that the award shows “how an industry responds to the challenges of our time.”

Innovation champion

This candidate project from the Heinkel Group did not win, but proved to be impressive.

Kind Crystal Cabin Award

The original shortlist for the Crystal Cabin Awards included a number of interesting ideas. Take the design of the Fink Lounge company of the Heinkel Group, which provided a flexible configuration for rows of seats in economy cabins

The idea behind the rationale is that, after takeoff, flight attendants can rearrange the rows so that passengers traveling together can face each other.

It is a design that stands out as not very friendly to Covid, but definitely impressive.

Among these years the winner is the electric jet Aliki, which won in the category “Cabin Concepts”.

The brainchild of the Israeli company Eviation Aircraft, Alice has been described as “the first pure electric jet to travel” and has been recognized for its innovative cabin interior, which can carry up to nine passengers over a distance of 1,000 kilometers. The design surpassed the cabin experience of the Boeing 777X and the Upper Class Loft of Virgin Atlantic.

The seats in Alice’s jet will be arranged in a “reverse herringbone” seat arrangement, which means that all guests will be looking at the large windows of the jet.


Airbus has won a Crystal Cabin Award for its next-generation “Airspace Cabin Vision 2020” cab idea.

Courtesy of Crystal Cabin Award

In the “Visionary Concepts” category, Airbus was recognized for the next generation of the “Airspace Cabin Vision 2020” cabin.

This cabin design offers flexible seats and a “digitally enabled environment” – including optional pre-programmed reclining seat preferences as well as red or green air-conditioned luggage compartments, depending on whether they are full or empty.

The future of aviation?

University of Cincinnati_ Cafeteria

The University of Cincinnati has won an award for this interior design of a “cafe” type aircraft.

Kind Crystal Cabin Award

In this year’s Passenger Comfort Hardware category, the Crystal Cabin Awards recognized Safran Seats’s Modulair S financial position, developed with French university ENSCI and designed to make the economy more comfortable through add-ons such as a neck brace and tablet holder.

Also nominated in this category was Ciara Crawford’s ROW1 seat – an airplane seat that allows the wheelchair to be seated in a row, promoting a more affordable airplane experience.

Safran won two more awards at this year’s ceremony, the Bluetooth-enabled Entertainment System – which allows passengers to use personal Bluetooth headsets instead of airplane headphones – and the “Cabin Systems” category for an airplane trolley that collects and communicates data in real time.

In the “University” category, the University of Cincinnati topped the list with a “cafe” style design, an idea that envisions how business travelers could operate in flight.

The “Judges’ Choice Award” and “Clean & Safe Air Travel” categories will also be announced, two awards dreamed of after the pandemic and designed to recognize the impact of Covid-19 on aviation.

They are to be presented at the rescheduled Domestic Aircraft Exhibition in Hamburg at the end of August.

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