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Crystal Cabin Award 2017 - the finalists

Celebrating its 11th year, the Crystal Cabin Awards have become a benchmark for innovation and creativity within the aviation industry

The ceremony takes place in Hamburg on 4 April, the first evening of the Aircraft Interiors Expo, and Aircraft Cabin Management will be there to present the winners of the Cabin Systems category with their award once more.


The ‘Oscars’ of the aircraft interiors industry is a chance to see some of the most inventive and intelligent interior designs from the previous 12 months. With 85 shortlist entrants from 21 nations, this year’s awards have been more popular and more international than ever before. These were reduced to 21 finalists across seven categories, with one winner from each category to be selected by a judging panel of 29 international experts – including airline representatives, professors, aircraft manufacturer representatives and journalists.





1. Delta Air Lines: Delta One suite


In partnership with Thompson Aero Seating and Factorydesign, Delta Air Lines proudly introduces the new Delta One suite, the world’s first all-suite Business Class cabin. Designed with an emphasis on exceptional customer comfort and privacy, the Delta One suite offers each customer a private space, accessed by a sliding door, with thoughtfully designed personal stowage areas, an advanced inflight entertainment system, premium materials, trim and finishes.  The result is an unparalleled Business Class experience with a comfortable, residential feel. The suite will debut on Delta’s flagship Airbus A350-900 in 2017 and be retrofitted on Delta’s existing Boeing 777-200 fleet starting in 2018.





2. United Airlines: United Polaris 


United Polaris is a brand new Business Class experience for United Airlines’ widebody international fleet. The cabin is the result of a long-term collaboration between United Airlines and numerous partners to create the best sleep experience in the sky. The cabin is anchored by a globally patented configuration which provides industry-leading passenger space and comfort, while maximising revenue for United, with a density neutral layout. United Polaris was designed in partnership with brand and design consultants PriestmanGoode (new cabin design – including seats, galleys, entrance areas, as well as lounge design), Acumen Design Associates (seat and cabin configuration), Zodiac Aerospace (seat and monument manufacturing) and EnCore Interiors (in-cabin branded elements).


The United Polaris experience, which also includes a luxurious dedicated Business Class lounge, the first for any US airline, offers passengers a stress-free, restful journey from lounge to landing.






3. Bombardier: C Series



Bombardier has created a new standard in-cabin design and flexibility with its new C Series aircraft – the only newly designed single-aisle aircraft optimised for the 100- to 150-seat market segment in almost 30 years. The C Series cabin was designed from the inside out, with the passenger in mind. The innovative cabin features the widest seats on a single-aisle aircraft and nearly vertical sidewalls – allowing enhanced living space with greater shoulder and head room. Every inch of the C Series cabin has been carefully designed to offer a best-in-class passenger experience for all passengers – including those with reduced mobility. The combination of the aircraft’s larger seat, overhead bins and windows deliver a widebody feel that offers passengers unparalleled comfort in a single-aisle cabin. The C Series cabin provides the best view in the sky and space where it matters the most, leading to an unrivalled passenger experience. 





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