Crystal Cabin Award adds special categories for 2021


The Crystal Cabin Awards, the leading global accolade for innovations in aircraft cabin and on-board products, will reflect the industry’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic with addition of two special categories in 2021. The categories are ‘Clean & Safe Air Travel’ and the ‘Judges‘ Choice Award’.

The two categories were developed by a task force of the Crystal Cabin Award Association, which is led by Hamburg Aviation, in collaboration with members of the expert jury, spread over four continents. The Clean & Safe Air Travel category is targeted at cabin innovations in terms of health, hygiene, safety and cleanliness.

The ‘Judges’ Choice Award’ has been designed for entries that would otherwise have been submitted in one of the eight regular categories, including Cabin Systems and In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity. The two special categories will also be open for student submissions. 

Award ceremony in April 2021 in Hamburg 

As always, the winners of these special categories will be decided by an international jury of almost 30 experts in parallel with the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in April 2021. At the same time, the winners of the coveted trophies will also be selected from the existing finalists in the eight main categories. The current Crystal Cabin Award round was temporarily suspended in March this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you would like to be considered for one of the two special categories, you can lodge your application online at from 1 October. 

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