Gain exclusive insights into the exciting decision-making process of the Crystal Cabin Award. Get to know the people who are significantly involved in the process.

The portraits, which appear at regular intervals, start with Dr. Holger Friehmelt.

He is the head of the Institute of Aviation at FH Joanneum Graz (University of Applied Sciences), and has been a member of the Crystal Cabin Award judging panel since the scheme was established in 2006. Carmen Krause, project director of the Awards discovers Dr Friehmelt's views on the aircraft interiors sector.

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The Crystal Cabin Award

The Crystal Cabin Award is the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, donated by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and released by the Crystal Cabin Award Association. This unique honour for outstanding cabin products and concepts was presented for the first time ever on April 17th, 2007 during the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The Crystal Cabin Award's main intention is to initiate a significant improvement in passenger comfort.

The award is designed to motivate companies and research facilities to develop new products and modern designs for aircraft cabin interiors. The development, manufacture and marketing of the innovative products or services must offer essential benefits in terms of usefulness to a potential customer, both to the final consumer as well as to the parts manufacturers.