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Elevated Airline Food Carts

The Flying Trolley Frees Up Aisle Space for Better Circulation

— April 12, 2013 — Art & Design
The Flying Trolley concept is genius! How has nobody thought up something like this before? Flight attendants and airline passengers all have their complaints about the usual system of distributing drinks and in-flight meals, and this innovative idea solves them all.

Designers Lee Min and Seongjoo Joh propose the attachment of the trolly to a track on the ceiling, allowing it to glide up and down the aircraft in a way that's significantly less cumbersome for stewards and stewardesses to push. Depending on the size of the airplane, the retracted Flying Trolley could rest at a very generous height to allow for the comfortable passing of people below it when cabin congestion occurs. To assist staff, the cart could be pulled down to bring all beverages and meals within easy reach.
Trend Themes
1. Ceiling-track Trolleys - The concept of attachment of trolleys to the ceiling track of planes provides an innovative way of serving passengers better and more efficiently.
2. Gliding Food Cart - A food cart that glides along a ceiling track not only provides a more efficient way of serving customers, but it frees up much needed aisle space.
3. Retractable Flying Trolley - A retractable food service trolley not only streamlines the process of meal service on a flight, but it decreases traffic congestion in the plane cabin.
Industry Implications
1. Airlines - Airlines industry can take advantage of this innovative idea to serve customers more efficiently while increasing the comfort of the flight experience.
2. Airline Catering - Airline catering industry can use the design concept as inspiration for the creation of new food service equipment that is more efficient, ergonomic, and space-saving.
3. Aircraft Manufacturing - Aircraft manufacturing can explore the attachment of ceiling track to planes to make way for the installation of innovative food delivery systems that can be more efficient and space-saving.
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