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Editor's note – April 2019

That well known Spring migratory route is opening up again, as the industry descends on Hamburg for what will be the 20th Aircraft Interiors Expo.
 

That well known Spring migratory route is opening up again, as the industry descends on Hamburg for what will be the 20th Aircraft Interiors Expo. We will be following the same route, landing on Stand 2U62, so please drop by and visit or call us and arrange a meeting. A good barometer of trends in the industry is the associated Crystal Cabin Award (Aircraft Cabin Management will again be presenting the award for Cabin Systems) and looking through the list of finalists shows that making use of the aircraft’s internal space in a much more flexible way has generated projects in a number of categories.

 

This ranges from the lower cargo bays to utilising space towards the top of the cabin. The timeline for these projects can be interesting. The Lower Deck Pax Experience Modules from Airbus and Zodiac, in the Cabin Concepts category, have a clear link to Desire Lines, revealed in 2015 by Zodiac and design agency New Territory. And the Award can have real world benefits. Also in 2015, Paperclip Design, who won the Premium Class & VIP category in 2013 with its Caterpillar convertible seating, was selected by Airbus BizLab as one of the first five start-ups to receive a six month mentoring and acceleration programme, to speed up the process to transform the ideas into credible businesses.

 

The best example, however, comes from the 2015 winner of the University category, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Working with Airbus, the team had developed a mobile vacuum trash compactor. At AIX 2018, this was launched by Iacobucci HF Aerospace as the ReTrolley, the first time a student design has progressed to a commercially available product. Another trend revealed by Crystal Cabin Award is passenger wellbeing, and Air Transport Publications is aiming to be part of it – look out for some exciting news in the very near future! 


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