The Flying Cart

Food service in-flights have its own set of hiccups, the narrow aisle doesn’t allow passengers to pass through and the trolley design has forever been the same. Flying Trolley brings in a new perspective by utilizing the aircraft ceiling as the trolley ramp. Only an aviation specialist will be able to give us a better idea about its feasibility, but for the moment I can imagine this idea being used in other spaces like a train. What do you think?

Designers: Seongjoo JOH & Lee Min – Joo


  • James says:

    Great idea in theory. Of course you’d still have the flight attendant in your way but much easier than the whole cart which I have always found extremely annoying. Not only if you want the toilet, but if you are asleep and your ankle or knee are slightly out of the isle, they will just ram the cart into you. This would solve that issue but as stated, only an aviation expert would be able to tell you if any of that space is used for something else.

  • James says:

    I’m an avionics mgr on 747-8 flight test. Although nice idea it will not pass safety with FAA. It is a hazard for many reasons. If in up mode n we hit turbulence it could break away / stuff come off n hurt passenger. I’ve been doing this since mid 80’s. it’s not a new idea and it would have been used long ago if it could have passes muster. There are quite a few new items coming out for the next gen AC instead. And the stewardess in your way is not seen as a detergent. You being out of seat is a safety violation so you’ll just have to continue to wait till she’s done serving.

  • stephen russell says:

    Love this but see problems:
    installing rail & rail weight
    rail & food carrier weight on plane
    storage weight
    Clear air turbulence & cart coming loose.

    Otherwise fine for:

    HS RR Lines IE, Japan & EU
    Ferry ships
    Yachts: for cabin service
    Cruise ships: select cabins.

  • Mikischu says:

    Looks sexy, but…

    Where does the “elevating bar” retract into?

    If it goes into the cart, then the tray storage area will be reduced.

  • trimtab21 says:

    I like the idea, but how about taking it a step further?
    How about something much flatter that travels along the ceiling so you could walk under it? or maybe above the ceiling? In the galley, meals and drinks could be loaded on individual covered trays and sent on a conveyor. An attendant could off load and serve. Or it could be totally automated where passengers order on their smart phones and the conveyor delivers right their seat. As far as weight, maybe carbon fiber rails? Not having any carts on board would save allot of weight.

  • John Brown says:

    Very useful and nice idea. Must have for all planes

  • salkis says:

    this idea is extremely good.
    In case somebody wants to walk thru, the food trolley can be lifted up and the person can get to the other side by lowering the head a bit.

    How to make it better:

    the elevator bar should be attached to the sides. they should have coverings that will prevent a person getting hurt by accidentally putting a finger in between.

    trolley handle near the elevator button, to pull the whole console down

    the food trolley should should have doors only on the two sides shown. that way there is no possibility of food falling on the passengers. safe as much as the cabin baggage overhead. the bottles on top should be inside a cover, they should be in lying down position.

    Make the design much better: trolley A is on top, trolley B with beverages can be rolled under to another part of the plane.

    Another Idea: Trolley C is bigger on top, trolley D is smaller also on top. trolley C is pulled down and trolley D is passed inside the four hanging elevator channels to the other side.

  • Marzadailey says:

    Am I the only one who sees the biggest problem is that this has not been designed in scale. what I mean by this is an airline trolley is much taller than shown in the drawings. I for one nearly bump my head on aircraft ceilings (I am only 6ft)so lifting the trolley upward would mean I would have to get at least on my hands and knees to get underneath it. I also second the comment that asks where the support bar goes?

  • deadcat says:

    Great idea, and i think that’s what matters. Utilizing upper space can ease passage clogging. Practical engineering can always be refined.

  • Bev Cart says:

    Total fantasy. do you know how much a real beverage or meal cart weighs? A plane’s ceiling would need to be reinforced in order to suspend the weight on the ceiling. The safety of the flight attendants and passengers would be compromised every time this would be in use. Logistics of it just does not work for a plane.

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