Diehl Aviation picked up two wins at the Crystal Cabin Awards during AIX, after being recognised in the Passenger Comfort and Sustainable Cabin categories.

The firm’s ECO Sidewall product, which delivers a 10% weight reduction compared to existing sidewall technologies by using lightweight materials and innovative design, led the way in the Sustainable Cabin category.


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Diehl Aviation’s Sabrina Schaible and Sebastian Tivig with their Crystal Cabin Awards

Diehl was also recognised together with Qantas in the Passenger Comfort segment, for their Wellbeing Zone joint initative. This is an area between the economy and premium economy cabins and designed for flights of up to 22h. A standing area gives travellers the chance to stretch legs and pick up healthy snacks and water from a contactless dispenser. 

Other award winners include Thales in the IFEC and digital services category for its FlytEdge cloud-based digital and IFE package that enables the integration of web applications and streaming services as well as real-time updates of software and content.

Safran’s the CUBE, which won in the Cabin Systems category, is a solution for cleanly disposing of food and liquid waste in the galley by using UV light to eliminate odours and prevent bacteria.

The award for Cabin Concepts was won by Factorydesign’s Aisle Class Suite for BermudAir, the island’s new flag-carrier, which “represents an avant-garde revolution in business class [by combining] privacy and luxurious space with a unique aisle concept”.

The Accenture PED safety bag, developed for storing personal electronic devices and promises 100% containment of fire, smoke, and toxic gases if the lithium battery fails, was the winner in the Health and Safety category.

Collins Aerospace was recognised in the Materials and Components category for STARLight, a structural technology that uses composites, robotic manufacturing and sustainable materials to enable airlines to design cabin spaces without adding weight. 

In the category for projects led by University teams, or collaborations between educational institutions and industry, Flexifold by Tongji University and Dupont was the winner. The latter is an economy seat that provides improved body support through an innovative fold-and-snap mechanism, and integrates lightweight, breathable materials in a sandwich structure.