Crystal Cabin Award 2009 Hamburg: Boeing, Lufthansa-Technik, B/E Aerospaceand Recaro are Winners

    HAMBURG, Germany, April 1 /CNW/ - The competition at this year's Crystal
Cabin Award for aircraft cabin interiors innovations had strong entries in six
different categories from 51 renowned companies. Winners are: Boeing,
Lufthansa-Technik, B/E Aerospace and Recaro
    This truly unique prize was initiated two years ago by the
"Joint-Initiative Hamburg - The place for aviation". As the world's only award
to recognize outstanding and innovative aircraft cabin products and -concepts
it is intended as a contribution to the improvement of travel comfort, the
development of new, economically and ecologically sound solutions, and the
strengthening of Hamburg's position as the world's leading aircraft cabin
competence centre.
    One of the trophies went to the winner of the Passenger Comfort category,
German company Recaro. Their CL3620 seating generation offers passengers
unprecedented legroom and seating comfort. In the Industrial Design / Interior
Concept category, the judging panel chose again Recaro seat, which is the only
Economy Class seat that weighs less than 10kg. In the Greener Cabin, Health
and Safety category the experts were most impressed by Boeing's Recyclable
Aircraft Carpet.
    The Material and Components category went to B/E Aerospace for their
series of innovative designs for vacuum toilet assemblies, generators and
waste tanks. The winner in the Entertainment and Communication category is the
Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik AG with their niceview(TM) infotainment
system, which offers much more than other in-flight information systems. The
winner of the Judges' Commendation Prize is the designer James Lee with his
"Paperclip" Armrest Concept, a transversely offset, double-level armrest,
allows two adjacent passengers to rest their arms simultaneously.
    The Award is part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg - among
Seattle and Toulouse the world's leading location for the civil aviation
industry. This world's biggest aircraft interiors exhibition is the showcase
for the products and technologies of tomorrow. Among the sights on show are
ultra-modern seating concepts and cabin designs, new kinds of in-flight
entertainment systems, and lightweight materials that allow airlines to save

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