Airbus' SPace Innovative Catering Equipment (SPICE) galley concept received high marks from airline representatives during a recent demonstration of the new system in Hamburg, Germany.
This functional but attractive galley organisation - which is lighterâ€š simplerâ€š more ergonomic and consumes less space than conventional systems - received excellent feedback from the delegation, which participated in two focus groups.
SPICE's core elements include foldable service carts, box modules, and a transfer table that slides across the front of the galley on runners. This labour-saving innovation allows for safer, easier transport of heavy boxes, as well as more efficient use of storage space. The boxes - made of plasticâ€š light alloys or cardboard - then disappear behind sliding doors.
Airbus' new galley system offers multiple advantages for airlines, including more room for passengersâ€š less weightâ€š and lower costs for cabin service.
Customers at the demonstration even proposed an "open industrial standard" whereby the SPICE concept could be installed on competitors' aircraft.