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‘First Class’ feel wins business class cabin award for Delta

Delta Air Lines has won a prize for a new cabin design which jurors said offered a "First Class" experience for Business Class travelers.

The Crystal Cabin Award for 2017 for "best cabin concept" was contested by a number of entrants including Bombardier, United Airlines and Delta.

Delta was praised for its efforts to create a separate space for each traveler.

"Cabin areas enclosed with privacy partitions give a First Class feeling to Business Class travel.

"Carefully selected materials, mood lighting and technology work together to ensure an aesthetically exclusive travel experience," said the press release Tuesday from the Crystal Cabin Award Association.

Airbus also collected two gongs.

One category titled "Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment" went to the European multinational for its "Re-trolley" concept.

The updated trolley is designed to recycle and compress passenger garbage while being pushed through the cabin by stewards.

The second award came to Airbus in the "Passenger Comfort Hardware" category.

Airbus, in collaboration with Recaro and THK, submitted a concept for an easily reconfigured cabin, allowing airlines to speedily adapt planes to reflect passenger numbers and flight loads.

Other winners included the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences for a wheelchair design that allows users to access on-board toilets without needing to call for help.

Vanema, in collaboration with Boxmark, also took out a prize for a new foam spring that is designed to improve seat comfort on long haul trips.