Winner of the Crystal cabin: what is special about the seat with wings from Safran?



Well-known aviation company Safran won two new awards for cabin innovations at yesterday’s Crystal Cabin Awards. The company won first place in the “Judges’ Choice” and “Clean and Safe Air Travel” categories with its submitted products. The judges chose their Interspace seating system as the prize of choice, while its Beacon Clean Lavatory concept earned it the cleanliness award.

The concept uses easily deployed “wings” to provide more privacy and comfort. Photo: Safran

Interspace – the seat with wings

Aircraft interior expert Safran won the very first Judges Choice award at the Crystal Cabin Awards with its innovative seat with wings. Interspace, designed by Universal Movement, was integrated into the Safran team in 2020 after the arm was spun by parent company New Territory and quickly acquired by the French company.

The seat has a folding backrest, which can be reconfigured to provide a left or right “wing”. This gives passengers something comfortable to lean on, giving them more support and a better opportunity for restful sleep.

Safran Interspace seat concept
The “wing” can be removed from the backrest by the passenger. Photo: Safran

Aimed at the premium economy market, the product is easily adaptable to existing seats or can be designed in a completely new cabin. Safran says the product meets existing weight and certification requirements, so the path to in-cabin certification should be an easy journey.

Safran Interspace seat concept
With more support, passengers can sleep better. Photo: Safran

Safran and Universal Movement are also working on a new edition of the chair, called Interspace Lite. This will have applications in the economy class cabin, allowing airlines to block the middle seats for privacy in both first and business class, or offer couples traveling together the option to block the side seat. hallway for more isolation.

Safran economy interspace lite
The firm is also working on a version for the economy cabin. Photo: Safran

The Cloud Capsule Concept and Positively Economy Concepts, both from Toyota Boshoku, were also in the running for the Judges Choice Award. FACC AG, in cooperation with FH Joanneum, Netwiss, Raltec Research Group, Rodlaur Consulting, TU Vienna, FFG and BMVIT presented the LAV4ALL, an accessible toilet concept for narrow-body aircraft, while Rosen Aviation was shortlisted with its Maverick cabin concept. You can see all of the finalists’ projects in the clip below:

Clean and safe

The second new category of this year’s Crystal Cabin Awards was the Clean & Safe Air Travel category. Here too, Safran took first place with its Beacon Clean Lavatory concept.

Safran Beacon sink
The Beacon lavatory uses touchless controls and biocidal technology to create a cleaner space. Photo: Safran

Safran’s washbasin concept incorporates a truly clean bathroom with visual cues to boost passenger confidence. Using biocidal technologies, the bathroom uses touchless technology to provide a more hygienic bathroom experience, with visual cues to confirm the cleanliness of the space.

The concept offers a disinfection space outside the bathroom as well as inside. This allows passengers to wash their hands without having to enter the toilet.

Safran Beacon sink
Passengers in the cabin can disinfect their hands from outside the unit. Photo: Safran

Finalists for the Clean & Safe Air Travel award included Rosen’s holographic controller, a non-contact control panel, and MGR Foamtex’s MGRSafeWall, an invisible protective screen for cabin surfaces. The SafeWall has been laboratory proven to eliminate the COVID virus load by 85% in just 15 minutes and 99% in two hours. You can see all of the finalists in the clip below:

What would you have chosen as the winner of Crystal Cabin? Let us know in the comments.


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