Shortlist revealed for Crystal Cabin Awards 2018; 91 entries vying for eight awards


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A total of 91 entries from 18 countries have been shortlisted for the Crystal Cabin Awards 2018, for which Future Travel Experience is a Media Partner.

A jury of 28 industry experts will now select three shortlisted entries as finalists in eight categories. Following a final pitch process, the winners will be decided and announced at a special ceremony in Hamburg on 10 April.

A Crystal Cabin Award will be presented to the winner in each of the following categories: Cabin Concepts; Cabin Systems; IFEC; Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment; Material & Components; Passenger Comfort Hardware; University; and Visionary Concepts.

PriestmanGoode has been shortlisted for the Crystal Cabin Awards 2018 for its role in the development of the Qatar Airways Qsuite. 

Premium products from two major airlines are among the shortlisted entries for the 12th Crystal Cabin Awards; namely Singapore Airlines’ new A380 first class suite and Qatar Airways’ business class Qsuite. Meanwhile, Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer and Gulfstream have all made the shortlist.

Among the 91 shortlisted entries is HAECO Cabin Solutions’ Wave Headrest, which incorporates active noise cancelling technology and noise dampening materials.

A number of the candidates focus on the economy class experience. Innovative armrests from the likes of Aerofoam Industries and Armtree, and a noise-absorbing headrest from HAECO Cabin Solutions have made the cut, while new aircraft lavatory concepts from Jamco and Zodiac Aerospace are also featured on the list.

The Airbus Virtual Reality Passenger Experience, powered by Inflight VR, is included on the Crystal Cabin Awards shortlist.

Digital innovation and multimedia is another prominent trend among the finalists. A 3D IFE monitor and immersive virtual reality (VR) entertainment are among the eye-catching entries in this field. 

As well as the focus on improving passenger comfort, the Crystal Cabin Awards shortlist includes a selection of operational concepts. Among them is a system that allows crew members to receive information via a smartwatch, and cabin electronics printed on panels, which could help to reduce reliance on complex cabling. 

Also on the 91-strong shortlist is Rockwell Collins’ Secant Luminous Panel. This lighting display can be incorporated into the interior body and ceiling panels of aircraft for use as either a visual display or as a source of general cabin lighting.

The full Crystal Cabin Awards shortlist can be found on the Crystal Cabin Award website.

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