Including “floating” seats … What will the aircraft cabin designs look like in the future?

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Have you ever wondered what aircraft cabin designs might look like in the future? The narrow “Crystal Cabin 2022” price list focuses on some compelling ideas and concepts, which will surely impress you.

The concepts are summarized in eight categories, ranging from innovative cabin designs to environmentally focused ones, which can help the aviation sector function more sustainably.

Angus Baigent, director of marketing and public relations for Hamburg Air, which hosts the Crystal Cabin Awards, told CNN that the Crystal Cabin trial panel is looking for compelling concepts that also offer something fundamentally different, both for airlines and passengers.

An image of the AirSleeper concept, a two-story cockpit. , Plain textCredit: Courtesy MMILLENNIUMMM

This year’s listing features the AirSleeper concept, a two-tier, from the engineering design bureau, MMILLENNIUMM.

Andy Rajasingham, CEO of MMILLENNIUMM, said that the purpose of AirSleeper is to provide passengers with a seat on both levels, so that they have a flat bed as well as a space to work or work. ‘relaxed.

What might future aircraft cabin models look like?
Airlounge offers a non-Business Class seating area. , Plain textCredit: Courtesy Collins Aerospace, Finnair, PriestmanGoode, Tangerine

The Explorer concept by Lufthansa Technik, a division of Germany’s national airline, is another innovative design on this year’s shortlist.

The Explorer aircraft was equipped with an internal data display device (projector), which allows the roof and some of the cabin walls to be covered with amazing reflections, including underwater scenes.

Airlounge, the idea of ​​the design agency PriestmanGoode, was produced with the airline Finnair Finnair and the design agency Tangerine, and aims to create a private space for passengers.

What might future aircraft cabin models look like?
The new The Booth concept first appears on Virgin Atlantic Airways. , Plain textCredit: Courtesy of Virgin Atlantic, Factorydesign, AIM Altitude

Another Virgin Atlantic airline candidate, The Booth was designed by the UK-based airline, in collaboration with Factorydesign, and manufactured by cabin company AIM Altitude.

The Booth reportedly premiered late last year.

Teague was also nominated for the Elevate Cabin design, which features a luxury cabin filled with “floating” seats. Instead of being fixed to the floor, the furniture in the Elevate cabin will be mounted on the side wall and in the hallway.

Teague suggested, in a statement, that the Elevate concept could increase passenger space.

Not only does the shortlist include well-known names in the aviation industry, but one of the Crystal Cabin Award award categories focuses specifically on applications from universities.

Baigent noted that it is interesting to see how college students view aircraft cabins.

“The approach of people, working in an academic context, to some of these problems, or some of these design problems, will be very different,” Baigent said.

Other candidates focus on making the cabin more stable, with manufacturer of seat cushions Metzo and manufacturer The Vita Group.

They were named because of the proposed recycling system for old aircraft cushions.

What might future aircraft cabin models look like?
The Elevate concept imagines what floating benches might look like. , Plain textCredit: Courtesy Teague, NORDAM

Some of the models on the shortlist have biometric technology and artificial intelligence. Airbus Operations has designed an airspace food survey to collect data on onboard passenger food consumption, allowing airlines to take care of their customers from there.

Technology company Gentex Corporation has proposed a camera-based iris scanning system that can be fitted to an airplane seat backrest, while ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification through MYZONE is incorporating noise cancellation technology into aircraft seat headrests.

Designs that look to the future

Baigent said the short list shows the “realm of the near future” of aircraft interior and the “distant future”.

He added that the range of concepts presented shows that the aviation landscape is constantly changing.

“When you look 20 or 30 years ago until 2022, you will notice that the overall experience is different from reality now, but I think you can see where things are going with some of these designs,” Baigent explained.

The winners of the Crystal booth final are expected to be announced in late May.

The winners, selected by a jury of 28 aviation experts, will be crowned at the Aircraft Interiors Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, this June.

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