On the second day of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, we visited with three companies that developed new products you may soon find on board your aircraft. One promises to change how and what passengers eat inflight, while another seeks to save weight in the galley area. The third intends to improve the cleanliness of the passenger experience.
The Original Equipment Innovation division at Lufthansa Technik has developed an induction cooktop suitable for use aboard an aircraft. The induction cooktop and optional accessories, such as boiling pot, rice cooker, and toaster, enable food to be cooked onboard instead of merely reheated.
We were able to enjoy some freshly cooked bacon prepared by one of the chefs from LSG Sky Chefs. You can see in this short video how the induction cooking system works, including the deeper pan for pasta.
Carbon fiber beverage carts and seats
One of the goals of any aerospace product is weight reduction. With less weight, less fuel is burned, and costs are lower. DNK has developed carbon fiber products for aircraft, including seatbacks and galley carts. DNK pegs the weight savings of the all-carbon fiber galley carts and seat backs at 20% compared to standard metal products.
The small size galley cart weighs just 10 kilograms. The company, which got its start producing carbon fiber bicycle frames, says it has interest from airlines in France and Turkey for its galley carts (seen above).
Germophobes rejoice! On display at AIX this year is GermFalcon, a system for killing bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens onboard an aircraft. As part of the normal cleaning process of the aircraft, the GermFalcon can be rolled aboard to clean the aircraft cabin in just a few minutes. Using UV-C light, GermFalcon says that it can sanitize 54 seats per minute, meaning it would take less than three minutes to sanitize a 737 or member of the A320-family.
The battery-powered GermFalcon is the same width as a galley cart and has different modes, depending on which portion of the aircraft is being cleaned. For cleaning the aircraft cabin, two arms extend out from each side to cover the seating area and a fan at that the bottom of the carts circulates air under the seats so that any particles can be sanitized as well. The arms partially fold in when put in galley or lavatory mode.
We received a demonstration of the GermFalcon from founder Dr. Arthur Kreitenberg, who developed the tool based on his experience as an orthopedic surgeon.