Winners of the Crystal Cabin Award 2010 honoured at Aircraft Interiors

Airbus, Bishop, Dasell, Lumexis, Nordyn, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover, and Teague have won the Hamburg Innovation Prize for Cabin Products.

The Crystal Cabin Award ceremony was held in the framework of the Aircraft Interiors Expo, giving the only international prize for innovation in aircraft cabin design to companies that present their most innovative ideas to make air travel more comfortable and efficient for passengers and aviation companies.

For seven categories ranging from Passenger Comfort to Industrial Design, Greener Cabin to Entertainment, a total of 64 entries from 13 nations had been received, with 21 reaching the final round. "The final selection was yet again a very close and exciting race," said Christian Koerfgen, Vice President of Product Management and Innovation, German Lufthansa AG and chairman of the jury. "We saw compelling, visionary concepts. The jury discussed a lot and ultimately came to a fair decision."

Airbus was awarded a trophy in the category Technical Equipment and Components for the Digital Cabin Logbook (DCL). This device can record and document errors in the Airbus cabin in a standardized way. This makes it possible to transmit errors, even during the flight. The team on the ground can then proceed with required repairs more quickly and help to avoid delays.

Another winner from Hamburg at this year's ceremony was Dasell Cabin Interior GmbH, who came in first in the category of Comfort and Well-being for their product named HILA, a highly flexible integrated lavatory. The company convinced the jury with a concept for a flexible aircraft bathroom that allows cabin crew to enlarge the bathroom within seconds. Once the plane has reached cruising altitude the space in the plane's passage that is otherwise only needed during boarding can be used for the lavatory.
An airplane seat developed specifically for wheelchair users won in the category University, which was new at this year's competition. Esther Glaesker, a graduate of Hanover University of Applied Sciences received the trophy for "Com.pax". This two-in-one system aims to make flying easier for passengers with reduced mobility. It allows them to be picked up at check-in a wheelchair that is fixated inside the cabin during the flight.

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