The winners in the two special categories will be announced in parallel with the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg next year.
“Clean & Safe Air Travel” is open to all on-board innovations focusing on hygiene and safety standards for passengers and crew. Entries must be implementable within two years, and the concepts should not be more than one year old. Concepts and products that have already been entered in a different CCA category in the past are excluded.
The “Judges’ Choice Award” is aimed at innovations for the cabin not explicitly focused on health and safety, which could normally have been submitted in one of the eight main categories: Cabin Concepts, Cabin Systems, In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity, Passenger Comfort Hardware, Material & Components, Greener Cabin, University, Visionary Concepts. Here, too, it must be possible to implement the innovations within two years. Up to three innovations may be submitted.
Both categories are also open for student submissions.
These two new categories are part of the independent Crystal Cabin Award Association’s response to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the civil aviation industry.
An international task force with representatives from the almost 30 experts on the award judging panel, selected from every sector in the aviation industry and every continent, developed the categories.
Entry fee for the first time — student entries exempt
For the first time in its history, the Crystal Cabin Award is levying an entry fee of 290 euros per submission for this entry phase. This brings the award in line with most international industry awards and is a response to the massive increase in project management expenditure, for example in the premium exposure given to candidates within specialist audience and media.