The green set

Qantas - - QNews -

Who knew well-de­signed table­ware could save fuel? Alex Greig makes a sur­pris­ing dis­cov­ery. When an ob­ject truly ful­fils its func­tion, it’s likely that the de­sign will pass “al­most un­no­ticed”, says Neil Perry, Qantas’s cre­ative di­rec­tor of food, bev­er­age and ser­vice. This phe­nom­e­non could ap­ply to the sleek new in­flight table­ware cre­ated by in­dus­trial de­signer David Caon.

The glass­ware, cut­lery and Nori­take crock­ery to be used in First, Busi­ness (in­clud­ing do­mes­tic) and Pre­mium Econ­omy is so light­weight and prac­ti­cal that their artis­tic value is un­likely to ever en­ter the user’s mind. For ex­am­ple, will you no­tice that each item has an 800-mil­lime­tre curve for con­ti­nu­ity of de­sign and to com­ple­ment the in­te­rior of the air­craft? Or that the teapot lid locks, mean­ing less clink­ing dur­ing ser­vice?

The col­lec­tion has been months in the mak­ing – Qantas briefed Caon to not only cre­ate so­phis­ti­cated pieces suit­able for use at 40,000 feet but to also re­duce the weight of the table­ware by at least 10 per cent to min­imise Qantas’s car­bon foot­print. With this range, Qantas will con­sume 535,000 kilo­grams less fuel each year – the amount re­quired for a car to drive around Aus­tralia more than 200 times.

It will be on board the first 787-9 Dream­liner flight from Mel­bourne to Los An­ge­les on 15 De­cem­ber then rolled out to the rest of the fleet and Qantas lounges.

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