Aircraft seating manufacturer Collins Aerospace has been recognised in three separate industry awards for its innovative products and processes.

The company was awarded the Automotive, Aerospace and Rail award at the recent Insider Media Made in Northern Ireland Awards, where it was shortlisted in four categories. The judges noted Collins’ commitment to using the local Northern Ireland supply chain as being an important part of its success.

Finnair AirLounge seat

The company has also been announced as a finalist in the Crystal Cabin Awards for 2022, which recognise and award excellence in aircraft interior innovation. It has been shortlisted in the ‘New Cabin Concepts’ category for the innovation shown in the design and manufacture of the Finnair AirLounge seat.

The AirLounge business class seat was created in cooperation with Finnair, PriestmanGoode and Tangerine.

‘More Nordic furniture than airline seat’

It has been described as “more like a piece of classic Nordic furniture than a simple airline seat” for its features, which include a contoured shell design that provides passengers with more living space and freedom to relax, as well as offering added privacy.

The winners of the Crystal Cabin Awards will be announced at the upcoming Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg on 14 June.

Collins Aerospace in Kilkeel, part of Raytheon Technologies (RTX), which has over 300 sites globally, was also recently announced as the winner of the RTX/Collins Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Award for Large Site Excellence.

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