SII Deutschland is winner of the Crystal Cabin Award

SII Deutschland is winner of the Crystal Cabin Award

From a list of 79 applicants and 21 finalists, SII Deutschland’s SANTO Seat became winner of the Crystal Cabin Award in the category “Passenger Comfort Hardware”, as part of this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, on 14 April 2015. The impartial jury, composed of aircraft professionals, airlines, manufacturers, academics and journalists, chose SII’s contribution for what industry specialists consider as the “Oscar” of aircraft interiors.

SANTO stands for “Special Accomodation Needs for Toddlers & Oversized passengers” and is based on the concept of maximum space usage in the aft of an aircraft cabin. SANTO takes advantage of the unused space typically left between the last seat row and the aisle due to the fuselage contour, the so called tapered section at the rear of any airplane (which is conical for aerodynamic reasons), by introducing a one-and-a-half seat element, including a fully retractable armrest. This way, the seat not only offers enough seating space for two grown-ups and a child seat, but also, provides enough width for those who, due to their size, have to accept that travelling in a standard economy seat is not an option.

“The beneficiaries of this concept are both operators and travelers alike, as for a moderate surcharge, the safety of travelling infants can be significantly increased and the comfort of oversized travelers drastically improved”, says Peter Miehlke, Business Unit Manager and shareholder of SII Deutschland.

Far from being a “singleton”, the SANTO Seat is attracting a great deal of interest, as it perfectly fits the layout of any airliner. “Once more, SANTO is proof of the talent and the spirit of innovation within our company”, says Enrique Geck, Managing Director. “Competing with reputable companies such as Boeing of course makes us all feel very proud. This trophy is dedicated to all SII employees – in the end, their daily contribution towards satisfying the needs of our Clients is the reason for the success of our corporation”.  

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