A new range of tableware has been created for first class and business class cabins on Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Qantas Airways. This will be available for customers traveling in premium economy, in addition to those arriving at the airport lounges for boarding their flights. The tableware has been created by the same designer responsible for cabin interiors in the Dreamliner.
David Caon, the designer of new tableware, said that it has been exclusively designed for in-flight use. The tableware consists of a 5-piece stainless steel cutlery setting, a fine bone china crockery set consisting of 16 pieces, and also glassware. The airline will start rolling out the new tableware starting from December 15, 2017, when new flights between Los Angeles and Melbourne are launched utilizing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Caon said that prior to initiating the design process, the airline sought opinions from the culinary team responsible for creating the airline’s in-flight menus as well as the cabin crew regarding the feasibility of the tableware high above in the air. It is hoped that the new tableware will prompt the culinary team to infuse more creativity while designing the in-flight menus.
The new tableware will also prove to be beneficial for Qantas Airways as it will help in significantly saving the fuel every year. Olivia Wirth, Qantas Airways’ Group Executive of Brand Marketing and Corporate Affairs, said, “Particular care has been taken about the weight of the utensils. The weight of the crockery and cutlery sets has been significantly reduced by nearly 11 percent. This will help the airline in saving up to 535,000 kg in fuel annually.”
Travel experts said that Qantas Airways has made a clever move by introducing the new tableware. It is aimed at bringing the cabin crew closer to the customers with greater opportunities for interaction. Moreover, the dining experience for the premium customers will also be modernized.