for innovations in the field of aircraft cabin and innovative ideas of young talents

  • Crystal Cabin Award
  • Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize

Crystal Cabin Award

THE international prize for innovations

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 as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg every year since 2007. The trophies have become a seal of quality, known and coveted around the world.

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Jette Koch
Manager Marketing, PR & Events
The Journey - Crystal Cabin Awards 2018 by APEX Media

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The Cabin Award is sometimes called "The Oscars" of the aircraft interiors industry. The 2018 awards were hotly contested and featured some of the most exciting and innovative submissions to date. The winners and even the finalists of the 2018 awards will go on to enhance the airline passenger experience through onboard systems and technology, passenger comfort, efficiency, safety and design. There is no greater recognition for an airline, OEM or cabin component supplier than to win a Crystal Cabin Award. This year Hamburg Aviation again asked APEX Media to produce the official HD video and help spread the word about this fantastic annual competition. Enjoy the journey of the trophy through our hometown Hamburg, the world's 3rd largest civil aviation site! The Crystal Cabin Award Association will begin accepting 2019 entries in September 2018. We are looking forward to receive your applications!


Video Credits Sponsor: Global Eagle

Produced by: APEX Media

Shoot and edit: Erik Kaben


Special thanks to our host of the evening and mastermind behind the video, Maryann Simson from APEX Media and FIT AG for the amazing footage of the awards being printed.

Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize

promotes young talents with innovative ideas

The "Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize" was established by Hamburg Aviation to foster talented young people with innovative ideas in northern Germany’s aviation industry. This plays a long-term role in maintaining the competitiveness of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region as a centre of aviation and keeping well-qualified academics here.

Participants can look forward to the very best networking opportunities within the aviation cluster as they come into direct contact with member companies. Hamburg Aviation thus supports young professionals as they make the move from academic training to career.

This year, prizes will be awarded not only for final theses in the "Bachelor" and "Master" categories, but also for work on the topics of "Sustainable Aviation" and "Sustainable Cabin". The award is supported by Airbus Operations GmbH, Krüger Aviation GmbH, Lufthansa Technik AG and Treo Labor für Umweltsimulation GmbH.
The winners of the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Award will receive prize money of 1,500, 1,000 or 500 euros, respectively, as well as free participation in next year's Hamburg Aviation Forums.

The conditions of participation can be found here!

Runway clear for two new categories in the field of sustainable flying
This year, for the first time, applicants will have the opportunity to apply specifically for the "Sustainable Aviation" or "Sustainable Cabin" categories.  The "Sustainable Aviation" category has been awarded as a special category of the Young Talent Award since 2020. Here, the jury awards sustainable ideas that could make flying and the cabin more sustainable. Lightweight and above all natural materials, cradle-to-cradle approaches in production - the range of impulses is wide and the significance just as high, because the aviation industry needs to rethink.
The prize for the two new categories is being awarded with the kind support of Krüger Aviation. The Barsbüttel-based family business is a thought leader and world market leader in the manufacture of plastic components for aircraft cabins. The innovation center of the medium-sized company has its focus completely on ecology and sustainability and is working on solutions for the aircraft cabin of tomorrow.

Application phase 2023
The application phase is open until May 16, 2023, 11:59pm.
The basic requirement for participation is that either the supervising company or the university must be based in the Hamburg metropolitan region.

The Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Award will be presented at the 65th Hamburg Aviation Forum in October 2023.

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Jette Koch
Manager Marketing, PR & Events
Let it fly!

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Tim Nahuel Schulz from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and Philipp Heerd from the Technical University of Braunschweig receive the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Award 2021 for the best final thesis on a topic relevant to aviation. In addition to the universities, the supervising companies Airbus and Lufthansa Technik are also pleased about the victory. The special prize in the "Green" aviation category, which has been awarded since 2020, was also won by HAW and Master's graduate Daan Hurtecant with the idea of an eco-label for passenger aircraft. The young talent awards were presented during the 60th Hamburg Aviation Forum with the anniversary theme "Game Changer - Where aviation will continue to fundamentally change".