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Press Release: New Crystal Cabin categories agreed in face of COVID-19

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Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueIn 2021, in view of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on global air travel, there will be two special categories for the Crystal Cabin Award, the leading global accolade for innovations in the field of aircraft cabin and onboard products: “Clean & Safe Air Travel” and the “Judges‘ Choice Award”.

The two new categories were developed by a task force of the Crystal Cabin Award Association, which is led by Hamburg Aviation, in collaboration with members of the expert jury, spread over four continents.

The current Crystal Cabin Award round was temporarily suspended in March this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners of the coveted trophies will be selected from the existing finalists in the eight main categories. And submissions for the new “Clean & Safe Air Travel” and the “Judges‘ Choice Award” will be evaluated in advance of the 2021 awards ceremony.

The “Clean & Safe Air Travel” category is targeted at innovations for aircraft in the areas of health, hygiene, safety, and cleanliness. Meanwhile, the new “Judges’ Choice Award” has been designed for entries that would otherwise have been submitted for one of the eight regular categories, including Cabin Systems and In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity.

The two special categories will also be open for student submissions. Entries for the two special categories may be lodged online at from 1 October.

New format: “Crystal Cabin meets…” podcast launched

There have already been successful solutions for onboard hygiene amongst the finalists and winners of the previous 14 years of the Crystal Cabin Award. Now, a new podcast series has been launched, “Crystal Cabin meets…”, available at, with experts from the aviation industry and former entrants talking about their experiences over recent months and what they expect the future to bring.

First up are the companies Dimer and Honeywell. The former was a finalist in 2017 with its “GermFalcon” concept, a cabin trolley to be pushed through the aircraft during ground time, killing bacteria with UV light. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a leap in interest in the product, and it is now being marketed as Honeywell UV Cabin System as part of a strategic partnership, with real-life airline tests already underway.

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About the Crystal Cabin Award

The Crystal Cabin Award is THE international prize for innovations in the field of aircraft cabins. A high-calibre jury made up of renowned academics, engineers, specialist journalists and airline and aircraft manufacturer representatives comes together under the slogan “Let your ideas take off” to honour extraordinary cabin concepts and products. The competition was launched by Hamburg Aviation and is organised by the Crystal Cabin Award Association. The award, to date the only one of its kind, has been presented in association with the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg every year since 2007. The trophies have become a seal of quality, known and coveted around the world.