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Submission phase for Crystal Cabin Award 2013: 8 October to 13 November.

Hamburg, 25 September 2012: Products that make travelling in the cabin of an aircraft more comfortable and protect the environment, materials that reduce manufacturing costs and increase usability, concepts for tomorrow's aviation. On top of that they are new, unique, marketable, practicable and feasible. These are the hot favourites, the innovations that could win prizes, the ones that should be taking part in the Crystal Cabin Award 2013. Entries for the seven different categories of the international aircraft cabin prize may be submitted at the Crystal Cabin Award Association office in Hamburg from 8 October to 13 November, 2012. The categories have been revised by the Judging Panel and our now even more specific, so that comparisons within the categories are even fairer. The categories are "Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment", "Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts", "Materials and Components", "Passenger Comfort Hardware", "Passenger Comfort Systems", "Premium Class & VIP" and the category for students: "University". Details:

"We are very much looking forward to the submissions," comments Walter Birkhan, President of the Crystal Cabin Award Association. "The categories have become much clearer, making it much easier for entrants to follow - and giving them a better chance within their chosen categories, because they are competing with other products and concepts at the same level. The Judging Panel, too, can now compare more easily within the individual fields."

The "Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment" category, for example, was extended by adding the environmental aspect. Products and concepts entered here should have the goal of either minimising health and safety risks, reducing weight and thereby fuel consumption, or using materials in the cabin which are exceptionally environmentally friendly in terms of production or recycling.

The "Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts" category evaluates the performance and functionality of mechanical solutions, technical concepts and aesthetic design. Criteria include ergonomics, installation and utilisation. Ideas for the aircraft cabins of tomorrow may be submitted here, too. The focus is all on the question of how to harmonise comfort and efficiency.

The "Material & Components" category encompasses a broad range of materials and components for cabins and cabin systems. The defining principle here is the minimisation of cost with the maximisation of benefit.

The original category of "Passenger Comfort" has been split into "Passenger Comfort Hardware" and "Passenger Comfort Systems". The first of these deals with complete products designed to increase passenger comfort such as seats, washrooms and overhead lockers. The second of the new categories looks at electronic systems such as in-flight entertainment, internet connectivity, air conditioning and lighting.

The "Premium Class & VIP" category is exclusively for the comparison of products for Business Class, First Class and executive jets.

And last but by no means least is the category dedicated to the industry's next generation, "University". Student submissions should fulfill the requirements of one of the six categories listed above. As well as one of the coveted trophies, the winner receives 3,000 euros in prize money. "We hope especially to see a lot of submissions from universities and colleges from around the world," comments Carmen Krause, Project Manager for the Crystal Cabin Award. "The Crystal Cabin Award offers students in particular an ideal platform to develop contacts within the industry and with important decision-makers."

An expert international Judging Panel will narrow the field, shortlisting the best submissions in each category and inviting these entrants to the final round of the competition in Hamburg, where they can then present their products in person for the final round of judging. The official announcement of the winners and the presentation of the seven trophies takes place at a formal dinner as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (9 - 11 April 2013).

About the Crystal Cabin Award

The Crystal Cabin Award is the only 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 unusual 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 during the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg every year since 2007. The trophies have become a seal of quality, known and coveted around the world.