After witnessing first-hand the trouble with the conventional metal trolleys, this British industrial designer began designing a new system that would benefit the cabin crew and make economy dining easier for passengers, it’s called Orbit Aircraft Food Delivery System. Through extensive research and interview process from cabin crew about the problem they face with the current trolleys and designed Orbit to fix these issues.
Orbit is 8 inches wide which is 4 inches less the current trolleys. This means that passengers can move past the product easily in the aisle. There are gaps in the track every few meters down the aisle that allow Orbit to unlock from the track if necessary and roll to the side to allow passengers past. Even though Orbit is thinner than current trolleys, it holds more meals. This is because Orbit is longer in length. It can hold up for 60 meals, whereas current trolleys only hold 35-40.
Designer : Heather Dunne
Orbit Aircraft Food Delivery System unloads Bio-pac food packages from the top using a pressure self system. Once one layer of food packages are removed the shelf moves upwards. This system allows the cabin crew to easily pass out the food packages to the passengers without bending down.
Orbit locks into sunken tracks in the aisle which means that cabin crew can push the product in a straight line – no more bumping into the side of passenger’s chairs. It is also a safety feature, locking the wheels into the track means that the product cannot lift up during turbulence. The wheels are also fitted with small motors that are controlled from the handles. When the motors are engaged, Orbit Aircraft Food Delivery System can be pushed down the aisle with minimal effort.
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