Children’s disability charity MERU are flying high after hearing that their TravelChair has won a Crystal Cabin Award at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, a prestigious and much sought after international award in the aviation industry.
MERU’s Chairman Rob Douglas says, “Just being nominated for these Awards was a massive achievement for MERU. Our team has worked incredibly hard not just to meet the requirements of a variety of severe or complex disability conditions but also to satisfy stringent manufacturing and airline regulations. Winning this Award is a massive boost and indicates to the airline industry just how valuable a product TravelChair is.”
MERU’s TravelChair provides firm, postural support suitable for severely disabled children between the ages of 3 and 11, depending upon height and weight. It was developed with advice and support from key aviation authorities such as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Association (EASA) and leading airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, Monarch and British Airways.
TravelChair designer, Graham Race, comments, “I am ecstatic that the aviation industry recognises the importance of the product as I never imagined in my wildest dreams it would win this award.
“When I developed the TravelChair, my sole aim was to provide a solution for disabled children to be able to travel in a conventional airline seat. As the father of a disabled child myself, I understand the importance of air travel to access vital treatment but many children were unable to use this mode of transport as their needs on the aircraft were not being met.
“The TravelChair not only offers a unique solution but meets the necessary regulations to enable any airline to purchase it.”
In addition to meeting these regulations and the needs of disabled children, the TravelChair, manufactured by Balform, is lightweight and stylish and for convenience folds in half to stow in the overhead locker when not in use.
Launched by Hamburg Aviation in 2007 and organised by The Crystal Cabin Awards Association, the Award is an international prize for innovation judged by a high calibre panel of academics, engineers, specialist journalists and airline and aircraft representatives.
This is the second award for MERU’s TravelChair in six months, having won the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) Independent Living Design Award last December.
For those wishing to try out the TravelChair for themselves QEF Mobility Services in Carshalton offer a Try b4u Fly assessment service in a full size section of aircraft fuselage.
The TravelChair is available to purchase now. For more information on the features and benefits of the product please contact MERU on 01372 725203 or visit www.meru.org.uk/travelchair