A day for winners at Aircraft Interiors Expo

16 Apr 2015

Innovation and invention were celebrated on the second day of Aircraft Interiors Expo, the world's largest exhibition dedicated to aircraft cabin interiors, which is being staged at the Hamburg Messe on 14-16 April. The seven winners of this year's Crystal Cabin Award - the 'Oscars' of the aircraft interiors industry - each made a presentation on their entries and were congratulated by Katie Murphy,Senior Event Director of Aircraft Interiors Expo.

The thrill of winning a Crystal Cabin Award was shared by B/E Aerospace, Embraer, SABIC Innovative Plastics, SII Deutschland, ViaSat, Etihad Airways and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, all of whom had developed exciting new concepts.

ViaSat won the Passenger Comfort Systems category, which is sponsored by Reed Exhibitions, the organisers of Aircraft Interiors Expo. ViaSat's satellite-powered "Exede in the Air" solution brings a 12 mbps internet connection to every seat, allowing passengers to stream films or shop online above the clouds without difficulty. Don Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Mobility for ViaSat, said: "To be honoured with this prestigious award from the Expo host makes this extra special. We are pleased to be getting rave reviews on Exede from passengers and creating real value for the airlines".

Elsewhere in the exhibition, digECOR launched a new LED cabin lighting solution that gives airlines 4 billion colour and light intensity levels to maximise passenger comfort during flight. The system is fully integrated with digECOR's Glide seat-centric IFE solution and is available as a direct replacement for most aircraft common light fixtures in sidewall and ceiling use.

Thales staged a media briefing to announce the reshaping of its in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) activitiesinto Thales InFlyt Experience.The company explained that this strategic shift focuses on the passenger experience which Thales enables airlines to offer, as well as the airline experience where customers engage with Thales to design, deliver and support their solutions.

A new learning experience for visitors came in the shape of CabinSpace LIVE, a face to face arena for the presentation of new concepts and the exchange of information. Jan Schmidt from Lufthansa Technik and Klaus Portmanns from SCHOTT explained how the challenge of changing LEDs can be managedeffectively with the unique HelioJet®technology. Nigel Duncan of STG Aerospace explored the importance of lighting to passengers'experience, brand identity, customer loyalty and optimisation of the cabin as a retail environment for airlines, while Dr Armin Klesing of Solvay gave an overview of current lightweight materials technologies, including his company's latest foams and sandwich designs for aircraft interior applications.

A new way to tackle noise pollution was described by Yoel Naor from Silentium. The quiet bubbles concept offers an alternative to ANR headphones by combining speakers in the seat shoulder and /or headrest to provide a significantly quiet environment. Another approach to sound reduction was presented by Werner Van Peteghem of Recticel / Soundcoat who talked about the growing role of flexible foam products in replacing traditional materials and components.

Katie Murphy, Senior Event Director, Aircraft Interiors Expo said: "We feel it's very appropriate that Aircraft Interiors Expo, which is itself a showcase of innovation, should have the opportunity to recognise the achievements of this year's Crystal Cabin Award winners. It is very encouraging how this industry continues to develop outstanding new ideas to meet the challenges facing the air transport sector."

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