Fold-able, booster-style seats, self-cleaning toilets, and newly defined aircraft cabins are among some of the most fascinating aircraft improvements that could lift-off in the near future.
Winners of the Crystal Cabin Awards were announced at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg Germany this week, which recognizes innovations in aircraft cabins across eight categories.
Here are some of the highlights:
FOL-DABLE, ‘BOOSTER’ SEATS
Rebel Aero’s design for fold-able seats comparable to the ones found in movie theaters took the award for best Passenger Comfort Hardware this year. Fold-able seats enable passengers to stand in their own “footwell” space more comfortably and offer easier access to fellow seatmates.
Boeing’s much buzzed-about “self-cleaning” toilet took the award in the category of Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment for its slew of features, including a system that can disinfect the bathroom in three seconds and a hands-free experience.
Zodiac Aerospace dared to re-imagine conventional cabin categories which are traditionally divided by fares. Instead, designers propose a new “Lifestyle Cabin” that divides cabins by different needs and desires.