Well one thing's for certain, Boeing's got gumption. The US airframer entered the 787 - in its entirety - into the competition for a Crystal Cabin Award and, interestingly, has been shortlisted by the folks who hand out these coveted statutes (the Aviation Cluster Hamburg Metropolitan Region Association....tis a mouthful :-)
Every year at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Crystal Cabin Awards are given to the best and brightest concepts for aircraft cabins. Thales' Android-based touch passenger media unit; Air New Zealand's Skycouch and Airbus' display-based passenger sign (which will be first used in the A350...see right) are among the finalists in various categories for this year's awards.
But rather than submit an individual design (the 787 lighting system perhaps?), Boeing - together with design partner Teague - have entered the whole kittencaboodle, saying the 787 deserves a Crystal Cabin Award in industrial design because it "combines groundbreaking technology with award-winning design". Hey, why not? "Think big" is my new motto (not Charlie Sheen big, though).
Here's the rest of Boeing and Teague's submission:
"Pursuant to the manufacturer from concept through delivery The Boeing Company and Teague worked collaboratively to define and deliver an unprecedented passenger experience. The composite aeroplane features an expansive inner architecture as well as dynamic LED lighting that replicates day-to-night light patterns, wide seats and aisles, dimmable windows (65 percent larger than the competition's) and larger stow bins. The interplay between light and structural lines underscores the spacious feel of the cabin, further enhanced by the intelligent use of material layering. The revolutionary 787 Dreamliner expends 20 percent less fuel, produces 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft and also has 30 percent lower maintenance costs and 10 percent better operating costs."To see a list of all the Crystal Cabin Award finalists, go here.