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Should Planes Get Rid of the Galley Entirely?

Should Planes Get Rid of the Galley Entirely?
Jackie Reddy

Functional and necessary spaces, airplane galleys aren’t necessarily the most inspiring part of the cabin. When asked to re-imagine the future of these spaces, design consultancy Teague has come up with two ideas that it thinks could balance the needs of passengers with those of airline operators.

Functional and necessary, the airplane galley isn’t perhaps the most inspiring feature within the cabin. However, the team at global design consultancy Teague obviously sees the potential for innovation in this small space. At the request of Aircraft Interiors International magazine, it was asked to draw up possibilities for what the galley of the future might look like.

Part of Teague’s task, as the company explained in a statement, is to balance, “…the number of seemingly impossible tensions at play—operator profit vs. passenger comfort, personalization vs. accessibility, individual needs vs. group interests.”

Working with these contrasts in mind, it has come up with two separate concepts that could perhaps transform the conventional galley space.

Teague’s first concept, as it explains, sees these areas turned into “self-service retail” points. In addition to meals, the company imagines that, as part of this space, passengers could purchase everything from alcohol to blankets to personal amenity kits.

(Source: Teague)

Using this model, “Airlines can better partner with luxury consumer brands and weave marketing messages across physical and digital media. The passenger experience is enriched with seamless access to preferred products on the ground and in the air,” it says.

Teague’s second concept, however, sees the galley effectively automated and moved “below deck.”

(Source: Teague)

Back up in the cabin, “…the galley is transformed with open floor space. The bulky monuments which once housed inserts are gone, and new opportunities remain for adding additional seats and inspiring ceiling architecture. The entryway can be transformed into a welcoming threshold, an efficient workspace, a secluded rest space, or the main cabin can be extended by an extra row.”

While these two concepts are presently just exactly that, Teague believes that these ideas could help to balance the wants and needs of passengers with that of airline operators.

[Image Source: Wikimedia/ Andy Mitchell]

View Comments (14)


  1. RealityBites

    May 15, 2019 at 5:27 am

    The very last thing I want to see is even more seats crammed into an aircraft! As for a “welcoming experience” that’s just consultant gobblygook to appeal to management.

    More service would be great, self service would be horrid!

  2. m44

    May 15, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Childish concepts. What next – re-imagine toilette and propose french pisuar. How about putting all passengers to sleep and stacking them like sardines – that would solve CEO’s hunger for yet another yaht or datcha.

  3. Bear4Asian

    May 15, 2019 at 8:33 am

    “Self service retail space”, where customers serve themselves, buy their own blankets, amenity kits, etc.; inspiring new ceiling architecture; and oh, by the way, the ability to add more seats. What a crock of b.s. marketing fantasy language!

    I just can’t wait for the lines of passengers in the aisles snaking around the plane trying to choose the last cheeseburger and pay for it with Apple Pay using facial recognition.

  4. khlay

    May 15, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Nightmare. Can’t imaging hundreds of people squeezing their way to pick up their meals.

  5. Erik J

    May 15, 2019 at 9:48 am

    All they’re really doing is installing vending machines like we’ve all had in the employee break room.
    Probably be able to use fewer FA’s since passengers will presumably be serving themselves.
    Let’s see how well this works on flights where the captain leaves the seatbelt sign on for the entire flight.

  6. snidely

    May 15, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Why do we need food on flites under 3-4 hours? Humans don’t need to eat every 3-4 hours. If they have that need – bring your own. I take lots of red-eyes, so expect to go even 5-7 hours w.o. being fed.

  7. BC Shelby

    May 15, 2019 at 11:16 am

    …lovelry. Queuing up at Horn and Hardarts of the skies.

    Apologies, but I prefer my coffee properly brewed and hot, not tepid and tasting like warm tap water run though pencil shavings.

    Definitely a bad idea for long overseas flights.

    Oh, and what about passengers with special diets? How are they to be accommodated by an automated system?


    May 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Airlines discourage standing up. But how about a system that could move your product to your seat automatically without bothering flight attendants?

  9. JackE

    May 15, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    It was a gallery cart that helped brave Americans thwart the Islamist plot to destroy the Capitol on Flight 93 on September 11.

  10. Joan Johnson

    May 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    We had a flight from Canada to France where they fed you before you took off. Great idea, it means you get to the airport early, they aren’t carrying all the extra weight, the meal was, reasonably, fresh and you don’t end up with meal scraps in front of you until they are picked up. It was much better than normal. If they are going to feed you it would be nice to have an area you can drop off your tray when you want to.

  11. LimeySD

    May 16, 2019 at 8:07 am

    in cabin drone delivery! what could possibly go wrong 🙂

  12. twb3

    May 16, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Self-service retail is an idiotic concept, completely impractical in view of crowded cabins and narrow aisles. After being forced to traverse the duty free shops at the airport, what could I possibly need or want to buy on board?

    Also, lower deck galleys are a recycled idea – already been done on many widebodies.

  13. JudithDC

    May 17, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Are you kidding me? More BS! sell those seats – who cares about passengers?

  14. Cupart

    May 20, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Will not happen. Air crew are mainly there for security and safety.

    Moving around the cabin by CC is to keep an eye on things and to be everywhere at different points of time during a flights. Serving pax is actually one way of staying “awake”…

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