United Airlines was named a finalist for a Crystal Cabin Award in recognition of the airline´s United Polaris business class, the airline said.
The only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, the Crystal Cabin Awards are the standard by which airlines, manufacturers, suppliers and engineering firms are judged on their innovations in cabin interior design.
United is one of three finalists in the Cabin Concepts category, which recognizes complete cabins already in existence. The winner will be announced on April 4 during the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. A record 85 innovators from 21 countries were included on this year´s previously announced awards shortlist.
United conducted more than 12,000 hours of research, and sleep emerged as the single most important priority for international business class travelers. United Polaris business class features a sleep-enhancing experience for intercontinental travelers.
With a focus on providing a more tranquil journey, the new cabin design, currently available on United´s 777-300ER fleet, features LED mood-lighting to complement sleep and assist with time-zone changes as well as textured and softer touch materials, which provide a more premium feel, and absorb aircraft noise and other sound within the cabin. Each United Polaris seat offers direct access to the aisle, 180-degree flat-bed recline and up to 6 foot 6 inches of bed space.
United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. The airline operates 737 mainline aircraft and its United Express partners operate 483 regional aircraft, and is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines.