While a lot of people miss traveling, since they haven’t been able to do it much over the past year, one thing many people probably don’t miss is uncomfortable airplanes. But what if airlines could improve the whole flying experience? Well, it turns out there are some companies thinking of ways to make that happen, and they are now being recognized for it.
The Crystal Cabin Awards, considered by some to be the “Oscars of airline design, were just handed out, honoring the best in airline innovations, with companies coming up with some unique concepts we may one day see when we board a plane.
Award winning concepts include:
- A “coffee house cabin,” designed by students at the University of Cincinnati, where the center of the cabin features a long row of tables facing one another, described as “productivity-focused zone.” This set up is similar to a co-working space or coffee shop, where folks can have more space to work.
- Aibus’ “Airspace Cabin Vision 2030” features individual seats that swivel to change directions, which would be good for families or groups traveling together. Passengers could also pre-program seats before boarding with preferences, like how far they want to recline. The concept also includes a dedicated exercise area, and a walk-up bar.
- The “Moduliar 6” seat is an economy class set that allows travelers to customize their seat with accessories like an eight-way headrest, tablet holders, shelves and more.
- An electric commuter jet named “Alice,” which can travel up to 650 miles and fit nine passengers, with seats set up in a “fishbone” configuration so all are facing the window.