Effective immediately, fresh food can be prepared on board quickly, safely, cleanly and economically, says Lufthansa Technik.
The company is exhibiting its induction cooking platform which it says can prepare anything from fried eggs to rib-eye steaks.
The platform fits into any aircraft galley, with dimensions of just 570 x 269 x 4 millimeters (ARINC size 4 and installation variants) and a weight of just 13.5 kilograms. It is being offered as an all-in-one solution, including power unit, exhaust fan and special cover and locking systems to ensure that pots and pans remain in place even during turbulence.
The concept was first presented at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016 in conjunction with Germany-based company Ulm hs2 engineering GmbH. Interest among VIP customers and commercial airlines was strengthened by the nomination of the solution as a finalist for the Crystal Cabin Award.
"Conversations with potential customers, flight attendants and cooks enabled us to adapt the cooking platform precisely to users' needs. We are now launching this product on the market," says Miriam Fontius, the project manager at Lufthansa Technik's Original Equipment Innovation division who is in charge of this project. "A number of applications enable not only cooking with pots and pans, but also the use of a special rice cooker with different settings and a toaster."
Customers can preview the platform at Lufthansa Technik's stand at the Aircraft Interiors Expo from 4-6 April.