In pictures: the 2020 Crystal Cabin Awards


THE Room business class for All Nippon Airways (ANA) was created as a collaboration between Acumen Design Associates, Kengo Kuma and Associates, and Safran Seats

Adient’s SFA (Space For All) design adds an extension/retraction mechanism to the seating row behind the front row partition, and creates a large single surface for parents and children to lay down together

AERQ, a joint venture between LG and Lufthansa Technik, has created a design that makes the partitions between classes almost invisible. Instead of partition walls, transparent screens can display passenger information and offers from the airline

‘Cabin Vision 2030’ is an extension to Airbus’s Airspace concept, which equips the cabin with more flexible seating and sleeping configurations, along with exchangeable modules

Switzerland-based company, Aircraft Innovations wants to transform economy class seats into a child-friendly environment. The company’s Junior Comfort Seat consists of an inflatable element to protect the child from falling into the footwell

Ameco has worked with Lufthansa Technik AG to create the Nature’s Touch cabin for the Airbus ACJ320neo. The design has already won a 2019 Red Dot Award

Collins Aerospace has developed the Zero-G Attendant Seat, a folding bed that enables crew members to relax in the aircraft entry area

The Row 1 Aircraft Wheelchair devised by Ciara Crawford simply slides above the aircraft seat, saving passengers with walking difficulties from having to get out of the wheelchair between the gate and the cabin

Delta’s NextGen domestic first class seat, created with Recaro Aircraft Seating and FactoryDesign

Instead of precious drinking water, the Greywater Reuse Unit from Diehl Aviation uses water from handwashing in the basin to flush the toilet. The result: a saving of up to 550 tonnes of CO2 per year for a single Boeing 787.

Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects has developed a Retractable Aircraft Cabin that allows whole rooms, from restaurants to spas, to be inserted into the aircraft cabin during ground handling

Earthbay has developed a design that replaces a cargo door with a panoramic window

US airline, JetBLue is offering the ‘Multi Screen Experience’, facilitating binge watching and surfing in parallel at the highest quality on all devices

Oman Air’s first class suite, developed with Teague and Collins Aerospace

PriestmanGoode is working to reduce the use of plastic during air travel with its ZERO Economy Meal Tray concept, which would see meals served in edible, biodegradable or recyclable materials

In a first for the Crystal Cabin Awards, a cabin concept has been submitted for VTOL (vertical take-off. and landing) aircraft. Safran, in collaboration with Uber, has entered a four-seat layout for eight-minute city flights in electric taxi drones

Meanwhile SFS Intech and Hamburg start-up, Jetlite have entered lite2fix, an innovative method for attaching cabin walls. This will not only make it easier to integrate the wall shells in the fuselage, but also expand them with tailored LED panels. These can be used to identify emergency exits or for lighting concepts developed by Jetlite to reduce jetlag

Delft University of Technology, in cooperation with KLM, has devised a system of collapsible beds for its Flying V concept aircraft

The University of Applied Sciences Hamburg has developed Isotravel, an adapter that makes use of proven Isofix technology to allow child car seats to be safely installed in the aircraft cabin

Students at the University of Cincinnati have developed a concept with a long coffee table in the cabin

Virgin Atlantic’s ‘The Loft’, created for the airline’s first A350-1000, features mood lighting in the entry area as passengers board, transforming the area to an exclusive lounge and bar for Upper Class passengers during the flight

The Row 1 Aircraft Wheelchair concept, created by Ciara Crawford

Collins Aerospace’s Zero-G Attendant Seat, enables crew to relax in the entry area

AERQ, a joint venture between LG and Lufthansa Technik, brings more functions and possibilities to cabin partitions

JetBlue’s Multi Screen Experience gives more IFE options to passengers

Diehl’s grey water reuse unit

Adient’s Space For All concept is great for family travel

Safran’s eVTOL cabin concept

Oman Air’s first class suite, developed with Teague and Collins Aerospace, is a 2020 contender

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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