Aircraft Interiors Portal Will Keep Attendees Up-To-Date Throughout Their Time At The Event

Aircraft Interiors Expo, Hamburg – April 4, 2011 — Following last year’s success, OnAir, the global inflight and on-board connectivity provider, announced today that it has teamed up again with Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading organiser of trade and consumer events, to launch Aircraft Interiors Expo mobile portal held at the Hamburg Messe in Germany from April 5th to 7th 2011.

Accessing the portal directly on their smart phone, Aircraft Interiors Expo attendees will have the opportunity to keep up-to-date and fully informed on news and show information. Visitors will be able to view daily schedules, be kept aware of any changes to the programme, find an exhibitor, or simply navigating around the exhibition itself by simply visiting

Ian Dawkins, OnAir CEO, expressed delight about the renewed co-operation with Reed Exhibitions and with the portal in general: “Staying up-to-date on information via the portal will ensure delegates make best use of their time during the exhibition. It gives them extra flexibility and more of an opportunity to plan – the same benefits as airline passengers get when they use the OnAir service as they travel.”

OnAir is located on Stand number Hall B6 StandG30b, where the company is showcasing its full onboard connectivity offering.

March 30, 2011 — An insight into the future of flying – from the ‘wow’ factor to the practical and energy saving – will be on show next week during the world’s largest dedicated cabin interiors exhibition. Aircraft Interiors Expo takes place from 5 to 7 April at the Hamburg Messe in Germany and visitors are already anticipating seeing some ground-breaking new concepts in everything from seat design to inflight entertainment.

A futuristic seat concept, called Not For Wimps (NFW), has been created to give passengers an intense and stimulating in-flight gaming experience. Seat manufacturer Contour Aerospace teamed up with Factorydesign to produce this prototype, which is both technologically advanced but also reflects social changes in the way passengers want to spend their time during a flight. The design is currently at the concept stage but has been produced to prompt debate within the industry, according to Contour Aerospace.

Other concepts on show will include the Super Diamond luxury seating concept from B/E Aerospace and, for the economy cabin, the company’s Pinnacle seat with an integrated iPad on the back.

Designs to refurbish existing aircraft fleets will also be in evidence. Heath Tecna will be unveiling an interior upgrade system to retrofit existing Boeing B737s and B757s. This new look, on show for the first time anywhere, features contemporary styling, increased baggage capacity, improved bin loading, ease of access to seats and LED lighting.

Other innovative new products being demonstrated include a drinks trolley that could revolutionise the way beverages are served on board aeroplanes. The Sky-Tender has been developed by SkyMax and Air-Eltec Luftfahrtelektrik and can produce up to 30 different drinks including tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine and beer – at the touch of a button. The system has excellent green credentials because it will significantly reduce the amount of bottles and cans that are traditionally needed for each drinks service. Less waste means a saving on weight and also frees up storage space on board. It also means a speedier service – drinks are delivered quickly by the automated system – and airline staff no longer need to rummage around in trays looking for a passenger’s preference.

New Green Trends Complement Traditional Requirements

Hamburg, Germany March 1, 2011 –-
The finalists for the Crystal Cabin Award (CCA) 2011 have
been decided. In recent weeks, the international expert Judging Panel has screened and evaluated 52 products and concepts for aircraft cabins. “The level of the entries and their applicants made the Judging Panel’s activities exciting and more demanding than ever: excellent news for the industry”, comments Fernando Ponzo de Siqueira, member of the Judging Panel and Senior Manager Interiors Engineering at Embraer. 20 companies are in the running for a trophy this year – including Recaro, with two nominations. Both Airbus and Boeing are amongst this year’s finalists, along with other notable companies including Contour, Lufthansa Technik, Thales and smaller firms such as E.I.S. Aircraft GmbH and Airborne Hotel Systems from Mexico. Trophies are awarded in six different categories. There is also a Judges Commendation Prize.

They have to be new, unique, marketable, feasible and profitable – and then come the technical and aesthetic qualities appropriate to the category for which they have been entered. The submissions received by the Crystal Cabin Award Association in Hamburg have been assessed by every member of the Judging Panel over the past several weeks, on the basis of these criteria. “By observing the finalists’ list it is clear that the new trends of greener products and recyclable materials coexist with traditional requirements such as practicability, comfort and operational costs,” Fernando Ponzo de Siqueira (Senior Manager Interiors Engineering, Embraer) sums up. “The university category is always of particular interest to me. They push the boundaries out of the box, challenging the professionals. I am glad to be part of this process.”

Among the range of first-rate entries in the Entertainment and Communication category that made it into the final round are Airbus, PFW Aerospace (Germany) and The IMS Company (USA). Airbus lines up with a Display-based Passenger Sign, PFW with the technological study called “Speaking seatrail” and IMS with its RAVE embedded IFE system.

The category Greener Cabin, Health and Safety is dominated by German entries. E.I.S. Aircraft has developed a curtain header system made entirely of natural bast fibre, which reduces its weight. Elektro-Metall Export is in the race with a non-touch waste flap. And Schroth Safety Products with a passenger lap belt which is 65 grams lighter than a standard passenger lap belt.

Internationally more mixed is the category Industrial Design / Interior Concept. Here, the British company Acro Aircraft Seating with its superlight passenger seat for narrowbodied aircraft, The Boeing Company of the USA with the interior design and technology of the 787 Dreamliner and Germany’s Recaro with its new BL3520 economy class seat battle for a trophy.

Heath Tecna (USA), Legett & Platt Automotive Group (Germany) and Lufthansa Technik (Germany) are the three finalists in the Material and Components category. Heath Tecna has been nominated for a Wire Support Bushing (WSB), which provides OEM and aircraft interior companies with a means to safely route wiring through aircraft fuselage frames and panel constructions. Legett & Platt has developed a fibre technology for foam parts and Lufthansa Technik has submitted the world’s thinnest coloured galley light.

Among the hopefuls for one of the snow-white Corian trophies are Contour (UK), mueller/romca industrial design (Germany) and Recaro (Germany), competing in the Passenger Comfort category. Contour has turned a design concept from Air New Zealand into an engineering solution – the SpaceSeat offers space for time together or time apart. The SkyCouch, developed and produced by Recaro, is also already flying with Air New Zealand. A serious revival is mueller/romca from Hamburg with its First Class Bathroom on board Lufthansa’s A380.

Once again, exciting concepts have been submitted by students in the category University. A student from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences has designed a seat cushion fitted with height/length adjustable armrests. The Dresden University of Technology developed the visionary concept “Skyliner” with its Skydome and huge side windows. And three young women from Munich University of Applied Sciences made it into the final round with the “airgonomic” interior concept – an integrated high-tech gel providing higher seating comfort. Apart from the coveted trophy, the winning entry will be honoured with 3,000 euros in prize money.

Last, but not least, Airborne Hotel Systems (Mexico), Bishop (Germany) und Thales (USA) are the nominees for the special prize for cross-category innovation – the Judges Commendation Prize. Airborne Hotel is a bi-level seating concept, ensuring a fully-reclining seat-bed for every passenger. Bishop has created the world’s first fully automated Flexible Seat Arrangement System. And Thales convinced the Judging Panel with a menu-driven touch screen device.

The finalists as well as the winners will be presented in the Crystal Cabin Award Gallery at the Aircraft Interiors Expo. This leading trade fair for aircraft interior fitting will take place from 5 to 7 April this year, as always at the Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) fairgrounds.

The Crystal Cabin Award 2011 is supported by Airbus, the Aircraft Interiors Expo (Reed Exhibitions), Aircraft Interiors International Magazine, ASSYSTEM, Bishop GmbH, DIEHL Aerosystems Holding GmbH, FERCHAU AVIATION Division, HTG Media Hamburg and Jetliner Cabins.

For details concerning the nominated products and concepts, please refer to the attached list. Images of the nominated products and concepts are available for a free download at: – press- photos. More pictures you will find under A list of all submissions is available on the homepage of We would be delighted to send you appropriate press texts and pictures on request.