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Passengers-in-cargo-hold module wins award

The lower-deck modules put “flexible passenger solutions” in the cargo hold, like beds and “stretching, playground or business areas”.

Airbus and the French multinational aerospace company Safran have won a cabin concept award for their modules providing additional space for passengers in the cargo hold.

The two companies’ Lower Deck Pax Experience Modules have won the Cabin Concepts category of the 2019 Crystal Cabin Awards dedicated to “excellence in aircraft interior innovation” and sponsored by the city of Hamburg.

The lower-deck modules put a number of “flexible passenger solutions” in the cargo hold such as beds and “stretching, playground or business areas”.

Airbus says that the modules, which would fit inside aircraft cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers while also enabling airlines to differentiate and add value to their commercial operations.

They can “easily” be interchangeable with regular cargo containers if needed, as the aircraft cargo floors and loading systems would not be affected – the passenger module would sit directly on them.

More than 100 concepts from all over the world were presented across eight categories in this year’s Crystal Cabin Awards.

“Innovation is our main driver for success, and we are continuously striving to offer the latest innovative solutions to airlines and passengers worldwide,” said Sören Scholz, senior vice president of the cabin and cargo programme at Airbus.

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