Great news for Fly Your Ideas 2015 runners-up, Team ReTrolley from the University of São Paolo in Brazil! Their idea for an inflight trolley that enables cabin crew to quickly and easily separate waste was further developed by Airbus experts in our BizLab accelerator.
Now the ReTrolley has won one of the aviation industry’s ‘Oscars’ – a Crystal Cabin Award at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017. This is a great achievement in not only seeing their idea receive this prestigious accolade, but also in taking an important step to helping airlines minimise their ecological footprint.
Airbus’s Matthias Reiss, a System Engineer for Galley and Stowage Architecture has been working on the ReTrolley. Speaking in praise of the student team’s original idea, he says, “The design is innovative and simple at the same time. It addresses the major needs of airlines regarding cabin waste management and can be integrated into the galley of an aircraft without any modifications. Moreover, its modularity allows a flexible adaption to the specific airline needs.”
So far, the ReTrolley prototype has been presented to more than 20 different airlines for their feedback, and the hope is that it will soon appear on commercial flights around the world. Team ReTrolley’s newest team member Gabriel Reis says that, “I dream of the day that I will travel in a plane where I will see a ReTrolley in use. One of the best feelings for designers is to see their creation in action.” He describes some of the hard work and continued development that has gone into refining the design, “One of the most difficult problem that we encountered was the can crushing mechanism. It needed to be lightweight, efficient and sealed for both noise and spillage. We spent hours on the 4-bar mechanism development and even more hours in the manufacturing process.”
Congratulations on an amazing achievement for Team ReTrolley and an extra piece of inspiration for this year’s finalist teams as they enter the very last stage of the competition and decide what they would like to do with their ideas going forward.