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KLM Trolleys: Every Kilo Counts!
In the airline industry, every ounce counts. All the weight we save on board contributes to reduced fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. So it’s important that we keep a sharp eye on standard equipment for our flights - catering trolleys, for instance.
We use catering trolleys on every flight. On a 777-300, there are about seventy-five of them. By introducing full-size and half-size trolleys which are eight and five kilos lighter, respectively, we can reduce our flight weight by an average of 400 kilos. And we can do that without having to reduce the amount of food and drink that we carry. We are replacing many of the catering trolleys with a lighter-weight version. In May 2012, 1500 new full-size trolleys, and 4000 half-size trolleys in October, went into service.
Besides the reduced carbon dioxide emissions, the move saves fuel and maintenance costs for KLM. Eline Zwager, project manager at Cabin Inflight Management, is coordinating the introduction of the new trolleys. “The new trolleys are made of stronger materials, so they don’t need as much maintenance, which saves a substantial amount of money,” she says. We also looked at the ergonomics. They’re also an improvement for the cabin crew since they’re much easier to handle.”
What are we doing with the old — redundant but beautiful — trolleys? KLM has put them up for sale to its staff. They’re good-looking and they work perfectly in the garage, the garden, or at a party.