Sleeping in a full bed and trying out your seat before you ever get on the plane are just some of the new air travel advancements that will make the future of flying much more comfortable. These concepts and more were honoured as winners of the 2018 Crystal Cabin Awards, which celebrate the best advancements for aircraft interiors. Some are even available for travellers to enjoy already.
Socialize in a suite in the sky
The Qatar Airways QSuite took home the top prize in the Cabin Concepts category. The unique set-up allow for four business class suites to be arranged around a table so passengers can socialize with their travel companions and even has a double bed. The award was given to the industrial design agency PriestmanGoode, along with Qatar Airways and Rockwell Collins.
Accessibility in the air
An on-board entertainment for the visually-impaired took home Crystal Cabin’s first award for inflight entertainment and connectivity. Bluebox Aviation System’s platform snagged the prize, and the product is already in service on Virgin Atlantic flights.
Rest and recline
The “Valkyrie Bed” offers travellers a chance to push aside their seat to roll out a full mattress so they can get a proper sleep. The design, also from Rockwell Collins, won the award for Passenger Comfort Hardware.
Experience your seat long before take-off
Picking a good seat on a flight can be a lot of pressure – particularly if you’re paying extra. But a chance to explore the plane and your seat in advance using virtual technology took home the award for visionary concepts. The Spanish company and their partner Emirates Airline won the award for 3D Seat Map VR software that allows customers to check out a virtual 360-degree view of the cabin from the passenger perspective during the booking process.
Find out more about the award winners here.