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Press Release: Astronics honored on 2020 Crystal Cabin Award shortlist


Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueAstronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced today that it is on the 2020 Crystal Cabin Awards shortlist for its Sierra portable inflight entertainment (IFE) and Edge cabin network platform. Finalists for the awards will be selected in early March, with the winners announced at a ceremony on March 31, 2020 at the Aircraft Interiors trade show in Hamburg, Germany.

The Crystal Cabin Award is the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, recognizing significant improvements in passenger comfort. This year, 105 concepts from 21 countries made the shortlist.

“We are honored to have been included in the shortlist for this prestigious award and thankful to the Crystal Cabin Awards Association pre-selection committee for recognizing Astronics,” said Michael Kuehn, President of Astronics Connectivity and Certification Services (CSC). “We are very proud of the value that our new Sierra and Edge IFEC solutions deliver to the marketplace, and humbled to be acknowledged for our team’s efforts in creating these innovative products.”

Astronics’ Sierra portable IFE received shortlisted status for the IFEC award category, the fastest growing product range in the aviation industry. Sierra portable IFE delivers unmatched scalability and performance. With a low-power processor, 12-hour battery life, and optional aircraft power solution, Sierra introduces unparalleled dependability. Sierra offers up to 2 TB of storage, 4G LTE cellular connectivity, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi® capability. Sierra includes a dedicated third radio for wireless networking between multiple units to provide a scalable IFE solution, able to meet the streaming needs of any aircraft. A custom operating system based on Ubuntu Server, optional PA pause functionality, I/O for moving map applications, and DO-160 standard testing ensure that Sierra provides exceptional performance.


Astronics’ Edge cabin network platform was shortlisted in the Cabin Systems category, which comprises all new products that deliver a major benefit for the airline, with an emphasis on the efficiency of mechanical solutions, ergonomic advantages and ease of implementation. The Edge distributed cabin network IFEC platform offers unprecedented modularity, security and cost effectiveness. A distributed computing architecture enables the Edge platform to service any number of streaming devices while offering redundancy and self-healing capabilities to eliminate the possibility of service outage. The Edge does not require rack space and eliminates the ARINC 600 architecture to enable a fast, cost-effective, overnight installation.

About Astronics Corporation

Astronics Corporation serves the world’s aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, militaries, completion centers and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.