IFPL has been awarded a 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.

IFPL receives third Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

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IFPL has been awarded a 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.

IFPL has been awarded a 2021 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for Innovation.

The company previously received the award in 2008 and 2014.

IFPL has been honoured in the ‘Innovation’ category for their design of a contactless payment and personalisation device for use in commercial passenger aircraft. The device can be installed as an addition to seatback in-flight entertainment systems, and solves the problems of its predecessors’ poor reliability, expensive production costs, and vulnerability to fraud.

IFPL founder and CEO Geoff Underwood commented: “The aviation sector has been through a tough period recently, so being recognised as a company that is consistently working hard to create innovative products that will help operators to recover post-pandemic is a real boost. I’m so proud of the whole IFPL family for this fantastic achievement.”

Norfolk-based Cobalt Aerospace has been recognised for its excellence in the fields of ‘Innovation’ and ‘International Trade’ as part of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Cobalt Aerospace in double honour

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Norfolk-based Cobalt Aerospace has been recognised for its excellence in the fields of ‘Innovation’ and ‘International Trade’ as part of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Norfolk-based Cobalt Aerospace has been recognised for its excellence in the fields of ‘Innovation’ and ‘International Trade’ as part of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The Queens Awards for Enterprise celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses that are leading the way with pioneering products and services. This year, 205 business were recognised nationally for their contributions to ‘International Trade’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Sustainable Development’, and ‘Promoting Opportunity (through Social Mobility)’.

The ‘Innovation’ category win recognises the company’s flagship product, Cobalt Spectrum, a drop-in LED mood lighting system for aircraft cabins. Boasting high reliability and one of the most comprehensive feature sets on the market, Cobalt Spectrum lighting units are currently flying with many flag carrier airlines and operators worldwide.

Director and co-founder Dan Rust commented: “We were bowled over to learn that we had won, not one, but two awards. I’m incredibly proud of the whole team – each of whom have contributed to our success with their hard work and dedication over the last eight years. To be recognised in this way is huge cause for celebration, and excellent motivation to achieve even more over the next eight!”

Recaro economy class seat CL3710

Recaro Aircraft Seating wins design award

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Recaro economy class seat CL3710

Recaro’s CL3710 economy class seat has won a Focus Open Silver Award, from the Baden Württemberg International Design Academy.

This is the fifth Focus Open Award won by Recaro since the competition’s inception in 1991.

“The CL3710 is in a class of its own, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the recognition it has received from such a prestigious competition,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder at Recaro Aircraft Seating. “Our customers view this product as an opportunity to set themselves apart from their competitors, and passengers appreciate the support and comfort the seat offers, especially while sleeping.”

The CL3710 is currently flying on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Vistara, Air China, and several other international airlines.

Recaro implemented numerous signature innovations to the CL3710, including the Abrazo headrest, extended seat bottom, and flip cushion for enhanced lumbar support. The modular design reduces maintenance, while still allowing for significant customisation features, including connectivity options and cabin configurations.

The CL3710’s combination of ergonomic comfort, space savings and lightweight design has also earned Recaro an iF Design Award and a Crystal Cabin Award in “Passenger Comfort Hardware.” In addition, the seat has been awarded two Gold German Design Awards, including one for its hygienic seat concept, which coats seat touchpoints with an antibacterial solution. Most recently, the solution has been revamped to also fight viruses.

Inflight success at the Aerospace Media Awards 2020

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Inflight Editor Alexander Preston wins the Award for the Best Passenger & Crew Wellbeing Submission, part of the Aerospace Media Awards.


The Judges felt that Alex’s article “had excellent balance between private and public sector source material on the topic of cabin air quality: that’s a good issue normally, but really really critical during a time of COVID-19”.

Read article (scroll through to page 63)

FlightPath3D has won the 'Preferred App' award and was joint winner of the 'Best Innovation' award at Airbus’s First Online Hackathon.

FlightPath3D wins at Airbus Hackathon 2020

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FlightPath3D has won the 'Preferred App' award and was joint winner of the 'Best Innovation' award at Airbus’s First Online Hackathon.

FlightPath3D has won the ‘Preferred App’ award and was joint winner of the ‘Best Innovation’ award at Airbus’s First Online Hackathon.

The Hackathon, held from 7-9 July, is part of Airbus‘ #KeepTrustInAirTravel initiative and is designed to develop OnBoard Digital Solutions on an Airbus Open Software Platform to support better operations in a post-COVID world.

FlightPath3D CEO Boris Veksler said: “We leveraged our HTML/WebGL streaming 3D map and via our Open API platform integrated 3rd party content into our map, and vice versa provided map features into 3rd party apps. The innovation we achieved is linked to the openness of the Airbus platform, and to the eco-system of App developers that are compatible with the platform.”

FlightPath3D President Duncan Jackson added: “We integrated duty-free merchandising, advertising, and the ability to buy with a payment solution into our map. 3rd party apps used our destination content, street maps, and flight tracker to augment their already highlyfunctional apps.”

Valour Consultancy Founders - Josh Flood, Craig Foster, Daniel Welch

Valour Consultancy recognised with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

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Valour Consultancy Founders - Josh Flood, Craig Foster, Daniel Welch

Valour Consultancy, Inflight’s market intelligence provider, has been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The company is one of a select group of organisations nationally to be recognised with the accolade, which is the highest official UK award available to British businesses. Valour’s award is given for outstanding achievement in the category of International Trade after increasing its overseas sales by an incredible 157% over the last three years.

“It goes without saying that we are immensely proud of this achievement, which is the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice in establishing Valour as a reputable source of business intelligence” said co-founders, Joshua Flood, Craig Foster and Daniel Welch.

The trio also expressed their gratitude to those that have supported the company’s phenomenal growth in recent years. “This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff who have consistently delivered outstanding results and often make themselves available at all hours to answer client enquiries. We’d also like to give a special mention to those companies located around the world that continue to have faith in us to provide them with the means to make more informed business decisions, even in these uncertain times”.

Valour Consultancy will celebrate the award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners and intends to host its own celebration later in the year.

Crystal Cabin Award

Finalists announced for Crystal Cabin Awards

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Crystal Cabin Award

The final shortlist for this year’s Crystal Cabin Awards have been announced.

Some 105 shortlisted entries were viewed and evaluated by the jury of international experts, a record in the fourteen-year history of the Crystal Cabin Award. Airlines, manufacturers, suppliers and universities from all around the world have made it to the last round.

Winners will be announced in Hamburg on 31 March at a celebrity gala dinner for the industry during Aircraft Interiors Expo.

The finalists are:

Cabin Concepts:
The Boeing Company (cooperation partner Teague) – 777X Sky Architecture
Eviation & Almadesign – ALICE
Virgin Atlantic (cooperation partners AIM Altitude, Factorydesign, Boltaron, Isovolta, Mankiewicz UK & F.H.Lambert) – Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Loft

Cabin Systems:
Safran Cabin – SOPHY, The Smart Trolley Solution
SFS Intec GmbH Aircraft Components & jetlite GmbH – lite2fix
SITAONAIR – Next Gen Connectivity Mobile ONAIR 4G

Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment:
ATR (cooperation partner Bacqueyrisses) – AudioBack
Diehl Aviation – Greywater Reuse Unit
PriestmanGoode – Zero – economy meal tray

JetBlue Airways (cooperation partners Thales Avionics, Spafax, Viasat & Astronics) – The Multi-Screen Experience
Safran Passenger Solutions – RAVE Bluetooth
Spafax (cooperation partner Air Canada) – Spafax IQ

Material & Components:
Diehl Aerospace – Experience Line BRIDGE
e₂ip technologies (cooperation partner National Research Council of Canada) – In-Mold Electronics (IME) A Paradigm Shift In Manufacturing And Design
Schott AG (cooperation partner PriestmanGoode)- The new SCHOTT® Jade reading light

Passenger Comfort Hardware:
Ciara Crawford – Row 1 Aircraft Wheelchair
Safran Seats (cooperation partner ENCSi) – Modulair S

Delft University of Technology (cooperation partner KLM) – Collapsible beds for the Flying V
HAW Hamburg – Isotravel: The ISOFIX-Adapter for Aircraft Passenger Seats
University of Cincinnati (cooperation partners The Boeing Company and The Live Well Collaborative) – Coffee House Cabin

Visionary Concepts:
AIM ALTITUDE – ARCA – Galley System
Airbus Operations GmbH – Airspace Cabin Vision 2030
AirGo Design – Galaxy: Flatbed for A321

Crystal Cabin Award

Record number of submissions for Crystal Cabin Awards

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The shortlist for this year’s Crystal Cabin Awards have been released, with 105 concepts from 21 countries in the running.

Entrants include airlines, suppliers, universities and major aircraft manufacturers

The Crystal Cabin Award, an initiative of cluster Hamburg Aviation, is presented in eight categories: “Cabin Concepts”, “Cabin Systems”, “In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity”, “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment”, “Material & Components”, “Passenger Comfort Hardware”, “University” and “Visionary Concepts”. For each category, the 27 expert members of the jury select three finalists, announced at the beginning of March. The finalists get to pitch their concepts to the jury in person at the  Aircraft Interiors Expo (31 March – 2 April in Hamburg). The winners of the 2020 Crystal Cabin Award will be announced at a gala dinner in the trading floor hall of the Chamber of Commerce on the evening of 31 March.

A selected round-up of shortlisted entries will feature in the March/April issue of Inflight.

Crystal Cabin Award