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Safran wins two 2021 Crystal Cabin Awards for innovations in aircraft interiors


  • Safran Seats’ Interspace system, developed with Universal Movement, wins the “Judges’ Choice Award”

  • Safran Cabin’s Beacon Clean Lavatory concept takes the award in the new “Clean & Safe Air Travel” category

Paris, September 15, 2021

Safran has won two Crystal Cabin Awards at the international Aircraft Interiors Expo trade show, AIX Virtual, now under way. These two latest awards spotlight Safran’s excellence and innovative solutions for aircraft cabins, designed to meet the challenges of the current health crisis. The “Judges’ Choice Award” recognizes the innovations that especially impressed the international jury in 2021, while the “Clean & Safe Air Travel” award recognizes innovations concerning onboard hygiene, safety and cleanliness.

Safran Seats won the Judges’ Choice Award for Interspace, an innovative new seat equipment developed in conjunction with Universal Movement, a transport innovation studio. Interspace is a full-length padded wing, that can be easily deployed between on either side of the seat to provide better lateral support and more privacy for passengers. Interspace can be adapted to seats in current use, allowing airlines to offer greater passenger comfort in Domestic Business class or Premium Economy class, without having to replace seats.

Interspace 4

Safran Cabin won the 2021 award in the "Clean & Safe Air Travel" category with the Beacon Clean Lavatory. Beacon features anti-microbial materials throughout and deploys 265nm UV light for rapid sanitization of key areas. Functionality of the lavatory is improved by enlarging the washbasin and containing splash contamination. A digital media display in the mirror allows airlines to tailor their own “clean” message to passengers. Moreover, a “clean station” mounted on the outside wall allows passengers to sanitize their hands before or after using the lavatory.

Beacon Birds eye

“Safran has won two more Crystal Cabin Awards, a mark of recognition that reflects the creativity and agility that our design teams have shown over the past months,” said Norman Jordan, CEO of Safran Cabin and Vincent Mascré, CEO of Safran Seats. “These innovative solutions address the requirements of our airline customers and meet passengers’ expectations for greater comfort and safety.”

These two marks of distinction follow the three Crystal Cabin Awards won by Safran in the previous edition, out of eight awarded in all. Safran won in the category “Cabin Systems” for its SOPHY connected trolley; in the category “Passenger Comfort Hardware” for its Modulair® seat concept, providing an even better passenger experience; and in the “IFEC” (In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity) category, for the RAVE Bluetooth system.

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2020, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and Innovation roadmap.

Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices

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