October 7, 2022

Onboard Hospitality Awards 2022 winners revealed

The Onboard Hospitality team is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Onboard Hospitality Awards. 

At a presentation held in the World Travel Catering Expo (WTCE) in Hamburg on Tuesday June 14, the 2022 winners each received an impressive trophy celebrating their success in ten onboard categories. In addition, a Ones to Watch category recognised products not yet onboard but actively targeting the market. 

Airlines with new cabin-wide concepts featuring multiple touchpoints were also recognised in the Cabin Concepts category. And individuals and top teams were recognised as Industry Champions.

Finalists were chosen through assessment by a panel of  industry experts and online readers’ vote, and the judges selected winners and highly-commended products based on the following criteria: Innovation, First Impressions, Quality, Durability, Lifespan, Weight, Usefulness, Design, Functionality, Taste, Content, Adding to the Customer Experience. 

The judges comments can all be viewed in our winners’ video.

Onboard Hospitality Editor, Julie Baxter, said: “Many congratulations to all our winners. It is so wonderful that after such a difficult time for our sector, we can finally come together to celebrate the people, creativity and innovation that drives our industry forward. It is our pleasure to facilitate these industry awards, recognising excellence.”

Cabin Concept of the Year 2022

  • Gold: Finnair
  • Silver: Air Baltic
  • Bronze: Air France

Best for Business Class Amenities 

  • Highly Commended LATAM Airlines sustainable kit programme 
  • Winner Qatar Airways Diptyque Bag and Gift Box

Best for Premium Economy Class Amenities 

  • Highly Commended skysupply Condor travel organiser 
  • Winner skysupply SWISS Kraft kit

Best for Economy/LCC Amenities 

  • Highly Commended Bayart Innovations Air Caraibes kit 

Best for Onboard Beverage 

  • Highly Commended 
    • Longbottom & Co Virgin Mary tomato juice (non-alcoholic)
    • TUBES wine & spirits by the glass (alcoholic)
  • Winner Retail inMotion Hakuma Premium Iced Tea

Catering Innovation of the Year 

  • Highly Commended Alaska Airlines plastic-bottle-free water service 
  • Winner Retail inMotion Beyond Meat Burger

Best for Onboard Service Equipment for Passenger 

  • Highly Commended Finnair Kuulas tableware 

Best for Onboard Service Equipment for Crew

  • Highly Commended Tower airline insulated box 
  • Winner Retail inMotion SWISS Reuse Box

Best for Onboard Kids’ Kits

  • Highly Commended Fiji Airways Our Ocean, Our Life kit 
  • Winner Air France Baby Kit

Best for Onboard Kids‘s Catering Service

  • Highly Commended Retail inMotion Yamo Haferdrink Choc Noris 

Best for Onboard Snacks First/Business Class 

  • Highly Commended Qatar Airways Läderach chocolates 
  • Winner Bakeryzone for Icelandair Chocolate Miracle Volcano

Best for Onboard Snacks Economy Class 

  • Highly Commended Retail inMotion Lufthansa best of dean&david box 
  • Winner Foodcase Fries In The Sky

Best for Onboard Sustainability 

  • Highly Commended LATAM Airlines sustainable kit programme
  • Winner Alaska Airlines Plastic-Bottle-Free Water Service

Best for Onboard Technology 

  • Highly Commended Panasonic Avionics inflight bluetooth audio 
  • Winner Retail inMotion Cabin Wi-Fi Box

Best for Wellbeing Onboard 

  • Highly Commended Qatar Airways Diptyque washroom toiletries 
  • Winner Fiji Airways Wellness Champions

Best for Onboard Wearable Textiles 

  • Highly Commended Buzz American Airlines sleepsuit 
  • Winner Buzz for Eva Air sleepsuit

Best for Onboard Textiles 

  • Highly Commended WESSCO International Icelandair textile range 
  • Winner John Horsfall for Finnair Premium Economy textiles

Ones to Watch

  • Monty’s Bakehouse vegetarian ’steak’ and cheese lattice and Wiltshire ham and Cheddar cheese open top bun
  • Unilever insulated box for ice cream service
  • EcoTensil & Global-C Neverleak box and spoon partnership
  • AirFi LEO solution
  • PriestmanGoode Zero economy meal tray
  • D&F Marketing soup & sandwich concepts

Industry Champions

Winner

  • Job Heimerikx, CEO and Founder of AirFi

Team Recognition 2022

  • John Horsfall Warehouse & Operations Team
  • SATS Global Innovation Centre Team
  • dnata Catering Australia Team

With great thanks to our judging panel:

  • Sue Waple, former Products & Services Executive at British Airways
  • Gustaf Oholm, Head of Onboard Product Services & Ancillary Product, SAS
  • Bev Fearis, Editor The Business Travel Magazine
  • George Banks, Airline Catering Consultant
  • Simon Soni, Guest Experience Director, Westjet
  • Ben Fanconi, SWISS Inflight Product Europe
  • Karen MacKenzie, Head of Global Supply Chain, British Airways
  • David Whelan, Consultant, Valour Consulting
  • Marc Warde, Founder Niche Free-from Kitchens
  • Shelley Dauncey, Former British Airways Cabin Crew
  • Ryan Ghee, Head of Strategy Future Travel Experience
  • Sandra Pineau-Boddison, Partner at The Hayward Partnership
  • Lance Hayward, Founder, The Hayward Partnership
  • Happy K, Founder Happy K Solutions

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