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Octaspring Takes Flight at the Crystal Cabin Awards

We are proud to say that the innovative comfort of Octaspring technology will soon be experienced thousands of feet in the air thanks to the Octaspring® aircraft seat! The Octaspring® lightweight seat cushion was named a winner of the prestigious Crystal Cabin Award, held annually to recognize outstanding new aircraft cabin products and concepts. Octaspring’s groundbreaking, foam-spring design took home the event’s top honors this year in the highly competitive Material & Components category.

The Crystal Cabin Award is the premier international accolade for excellence in aircraft interior innovation. First held in April 2007 at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo, the Award was established to catalyze improvements to the passenger experience. Now in its eleventh year, the competition saw its biggest draw yet with contestants from more than 20 countries joining the field. Being named a Crystal Cabin Award winner is a fantastic step in being recognised a a key innovation in the aircraft industry.

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The Vanema team celebrating the award in Hamburg

The Octaspring® technology, first introduced in mattresses, can take any traditional foam input to produce eight-sided supports with custom firmness in a wide range of sizes. This innovation presents a number of advantages for the aviation industry, including improved comfort, better breathability, and up to a 30% reduction in cushion weight – a key breakthrough that will help operators save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.

Vanema, a team of experts established to explore the possibilities to integrate Octaspring® technology into aircraft seating, partnered with industry heavyweights Airbus, STELIA AEROSPACE, and Boxmark to manufacture the first Octaspring® aircraft seat prototype for the contest. Octaspring® solutions are currently in development for economy, business, and first class seating.

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