processes,” Airbus’ Reiss said. “Tis also involves further
potentials to increase the operational aircraft efciency
(e.g. predictive maintenance, power management). One
example is the ARINC 812 standard, which allows communication of electrical ‘galley inserts’ with the aircraft
systems. Also, innovative food preparation principles
within the galley will allow high quality and more individual catering services.
“Automation technologies will fnd their way into the
galley design, opening new opportunities for optimized
manufacturing methods as well as logistic processes in
the cabin. Another important driver on the galley design
and related operational activities are sustainability and
eco-efciency aspects. As an example, Airbus is working
on various concepts regarding cabin waste management
and eco-efciency indices.”
Traditionally, OEMs take on the role of overseer on
galley design. Boeing, for instance, ensures that a new de-
sign is “installable and certifable,” Freeman said. But the
design and installation of galleys is typically outsourced.
Airlines work directly with galleys makers to create spe-
cifc layouts for diferent aircraft models.
As the aircraft integrator of galleys and galley equipment, Airbus links the airlines to the equipment manufacturers by translating market needs into a functional
and technical specifcation. Airbus ensures the integration of the equipment as well as certifcation and safety
aspects of all equipment together with the authorities.
“An important aspect that comes along with aircraft integration of galleys is the fact that system synergies can
be generated in order to provide the most efcient solution on an ‘aircraft level’. Also, Airbus drives standardization activities such as the ARINC standard to allow
interchangeability of the diferent galley equipment types
with regards to mechanical, electrical and communication interfaces,” Reiss said.
Still, many major airlines now hire industrial designers
to bring personal touches to their customized galleys—a
major departure from when a galley was seen as a utilitarian space to be kept behind curtains.
“You can stick a fork in the day of the metal, utilitarian aircraft galley,” Leader said. “It is from an era when