A More Efficient and Redesigned In-flight Experience

Flying in an airline and having inflight meals is one of the staples of any traveller on a long haul flight. Most long haul flights have very strict weight luggage restrictions because these flights are filled to the brim with the necessities for every passenger inside the plane. But not many passengers know that the heavier a plane flies, the higher the greenhouse gases and fuel costs are, causing the airline to spend more and contribute more pollutants.

One of the solutions in our modern age are redesigns that have the objectives to be more environmentally-friendly, efficient, have better utilization, and be more compact. In this case for Virgin Atlantic, a London-based design firm called Map has taken a more practical approach in the redesign of inflight flatware. Map has redesigned food trays and tools, including utensils, trays, coffee pots, and serving trays.

eco-friendly inflight flatware

Utensils and the glasses are redesigned in purple and are made to fit more items on a single food cart. This means that less carts are needed to accommodate the number of passengers on a plane and no extra carts are needed to be stored in the plane. The trays also are redesigned to have a non-slip surface and can be hooked to the next tray, allowing the flight attendant to retrieve meals easily from the cart. Coffee pots are also redesigned with the feature to be more ergonomic and have clearer labelling. Last in the redesign is a two-tiered serving tray that allows a sandwich and a piece of cake to be served together. Often used in First Class, this allows an 11-second assembly time to be used.

eco-friendly inflight food tray

eco-friendly redesigned coffee pot

eco-friendly redesigned coffee pot

Not only will this redesign a more aesthetic and visually quirky set of inflight utensils whenever passengers eat, it will save approximately 53 lbs. in weight from a flight and will help reduce greenhouses gases and fuel consumption.