June 15, 2024

Air New Zealand, Virgin and Iberia win accolades for their cabin concepts

Winners have been announced for the 2023 Onboard Hospitality Awards, which recognise innovation and excellence in people, products and services supporting the onboard passenger experience.

Organised by Onboard Hospitality, the sister magazine of The Business Travel Magazine, the awards were presented in Hamburg at the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) and Airline Interiors Expo (AIX).

Over 40 awards were announced, including the prestigious Cabin Concept of the Year award.

Awards were judged by a panel of experts with many years of onboard hospitality experience, include buyers and decision-makers from airlines as well as chefs and caterers, industry consultants and professional travellers.

The international panel brings together experts from Canada and the US, Australia and Europe.

“It was an honour to represent Onboard Hospitality at the 2023 Onboard Hospitality Awards” said Stuart Forster, Editor of Onboard Hospitality Magazine. “Looking out from the stage at so many attendees really brought home their significance within the industry. 

“The awards event presented a wonderful opportunity to network with representatives from many of the companies which entered products and services. Congratulations to all of the winners.”

Cabin Concept of the Year 

Gold Winner – Air New Zealand 

Silver Winner – Virgin Atlantic 

Bronze Winner – Iberia 

Highly Commended – Qatar Airways 

Best for First Class Amenities 

Highly Commended – Wessco International – Japan Airlines First Class Amenity Kit 

Winner – Qatar Airways – Limited Edition FIFA First and Business Class Amenity Kits  

Best for Business Class Amenities 

Highly Commended – skysupply – Lufthansa Porsche Design Multifunctional Amenity Kit Series

Winner – Kaelis – Turkish Airlines Chequered Mate with Hackett London Amenity Kit  

Best for Premium Economy Amenities 

Highly Commended -Bayart Innovations – LOT Polish Airlines Eco Amenity Kit 

Winner – Buzz – Air India TUMI Premium Economy Kit  

Best for Economy / LCC Amenities 

Winner – Bayart Innovations – Turkish Airlines Kit  

Best for Onboard Kids’ Kits 

Highly Commended – KIDZbranding – Treasure Iceland by Icelandair 

Winner – Etihad Airways its Little VIPs kit  

Catering Innovation of the Year 

Highly Commended – SriLankan Airlines – SriLankan Flavours 

Highly Commended – Retail InMotion – Currywurst with Sauce and Fries in the Skies 

Winner – LSG Group – AICA  

Best for Onboard Beverage 

Highly Commended – Qatar Airways – French Bloom Le Blanc Organic French Bubbly Non-Alcoholic 

Highly Commended -Virgin Atlantic – Virgin Atlantic Nice Wine 

Winner – Retail InMotion – Deux Frères Dry Gin 

Best for Onboard Service Equipment for Passengers 

Highly Commended -Global-C – LATAM SUP-free Economy Meal Service Equipment

Winner – Virgin Atlantic – Airbus A339neo Self-Service Fridge-Freezer 

Best for Onboard Service Equipment for Crew 

Highly Commended – TydenBrooks – HawkSeal 

Winner – Diethelm Keller Aviation -TUFF-LITE In-Flight Galley Carts 

Best for Onboard Kids Catering 

Winner – Foodcase International – Cub Food  

Best for Onboard Sustainability 

Highly Commended – Global-C – Qantas Plastic-free NeverLeak Box 

Winner – LATAM Airlines Group SA for its Five Initiatives to build a Sustainable Onboard Experience 

Special recognition: Linstol – LATAM Business Class Sugarcane Bagasse Lids and Kaelis – LATAM Goes Plastic Free 

Best for Onboard Snacks Economy 

Highly Commended -Snackbox To-Go – Sunshine Cashew Nuts 

Highly Commended – Rifkin Research Santa’s Cookies – Lemon Myrtle Choc Drizzled Shortbreads 

Winner – En Route International – Taste of Spain Serrano Ham & Iberico Cheese Sandwich 

Best for Onboard Snacks First/Business 

Winner – Mr Filbert’s Fine Foods – Rosemary Almonds 

Best for Onboard Technology 

Highly Commended – Inflight Dublin – Everhub Engagement Platform 

Winner – AirFi – easyJet Onboard 

Best for Onboard Textiles 

Highly Commended – Linstol – NetJets 100% Cashmere Blanket 

Winner – John Horsfall – Virgin Atlantic’s A330neo Upper Class Sleep Sheet 

Best for Wearable Textiles 

Winner – Buzz – Air India TUMI Sleeper Suit 

Best for Onboard Wellbeing 

Highly Commended – Safran Group – Euphony 

Winner – SWISS International Airlines – Soeder Forst Cosmetics 

Trendsetter of the Year 

Winner – skysupply – SWISS Victorinox Amenity Kits Travel Series 


Onboard Hospitality Awards