IN BRIEF | As part of a broader $168 million overhaul of Virgin Atlantic’s meal services, new custom-designed meal trays are set to save the airline millions.
At the heart of the design is optimal use of space. Virgin’s trays can be packed more tightly into a standard service trolley, reducing storage requirements by approximately 25 percent.
When each tray is removed for service from a flight attendant’s trolley, a small lip hooks on to the next container in the cart, queuing another up and leading to faster service.
Turbulence can render any perfectly-assembled airline meal an utter mess, so the new trays are also lined with rubber to help reduce this.
The purple cutlery is iconically Virgin, with security regulations preventing much innovation to the flatware.
In Upper Class – that’s business class, Virgin Atlantic style – a new two-tier tray snaps together in just 11 seconds and can support both a sandwich and a piece of cake.
Although simple, it saves flight attendants from making separate trips to deliver each course, and contribute to the overall weight reductions.
The savings are achieved through a reduction in the cost of goods, along with improved efficiency and less weight carried on each aircraft.
Each flight sees an average of 132kg trimmed from the aircraft, ever-so-slightly lowering carbon emissions at the same time.
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