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Can the tracking of in-flight catering improve airline sustainability.

Can the tracking of in-flight catering improve airline sustainability.

How can more precise tracking of in-flight catering – from meal and beverage service to the collection and disposal of waste – lead to more sustainable air travel?

As we all know, digital technologies are very innovative. In one them Airbus has implemented automatic data collection for passenger information, onboard meal consumption, and tracking the amount of leftover food and beverages. Airlines might optimise their catering services and better manage after-meal disposal by integrating such data into an artificial intelligence-driven system, which could result in double-digit CO2 emissions reductions through weight reduction and fuel savings.

Elements of this solution have been optimised in realistic conditions aboard the Airspace Explorer. Airbus uses a dedicated cross-programme flight test platform to test and demonstrate new innovations for future aircraft cabins.

The volume of airline cabin waste is expected to double by 2030.

“An estimated 1.43 kilograms of cabin waste is generated by each passenger per flight, with unused food and drinks calculating more than 20%,” clarified  by Michael Bauer, an Airbus Cabin and Cargo Architect. “The situation is more complicated with the prediction that overall airline cabin waste, which amounted 6.1 million tonnes in 2018, will more than double by 2030.

The IATA survey will be published in 2021. The Food Scanner, an artificial intelligence-enabled device that analyses the composition of food in a simple point-and-shoot process, is Airbus’ solution for tracking and controlling in-flight catering. It works on the same principle as scanners, which are becoming more common in supermarkets today.

The Food Scanner’s downward-facing camera recognizes what is on the meal tray as the cabin attendant pulls it out of the trolley during in-flight service, and then images what is left when the tray is returned. The beverage bottles and cans that are typically placed atop the trolly are tracked by a horizontally oriented barcode scanner.

Optimising data from the Food Scanner’s utilisation.

Data from the Food Scanner can be processed using a separate, off-board cloud-hosted dashboard that generates KPIs (key performance indicators) based on trends and statistics, allowing for highly accurate catering planning and food/beverage consumption prediction. This can be further optimised by making a pre-flight meal ordering system available to passengers, which is already being used by a growing number of airlines, particularly for their premium passengers.

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Airbus solution promises better management of the amount of food produced at the source, as well as a reduction in dedicated catering space aboard the aircraft, and improvement in waste collection and separation. Furthermore, it would limit the amount of food and beverages discarded upon arrival, with some countries requiring such waste to be burned.

Introduction of the artificial intelligence-enabled Airbus Food Scanner.

“The initial feedback from airlines and cabin crews was positive,” said Sascha Thoerner, Airbus’s Airspace Explorer Programme Architect. ”Displaying the Food Scanner in such a realistic environment with end-to-end connectivity is a critical step toward maturing this system.” Airbus would be able to collaborate with potential partners, such as airlines, caterers, and system manufacturers, on in-service trials, leading to eventual production.”

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Airbus’ Airspace Explorer is testing and highlighting a number of customer-centric innovations on a specially configured A350-900 flight test aircraft outfitted with an award-winning Airspace cabin. These developments are mainly focused on the passenger experience, digitalisation, onboard health, and sustainability.



He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)


Pakistan’s Ambitious Plan to Acquire and Produce Chinese FC-31 Stealth Fighter

Pakistan’s Ambitious Plan to Acquire and Produce Chinese FC-31 Stealth Fighter

Pakistan is embarking on an ambitious endeavor to bolster its air defense capabilities with the acquisition and potential local production of the Chinese FC-31 stealth fighter jet.

Talks are reportedly underway between the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, the developer of the FC-31, signaling a significant leap forward for Pakistan’s military aviation prowess.

The FC-31, a mid-sized, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter, promises advanced air combat capabilities, including stealth technology that surpasses anything currently in the PAF‘s fleet. With plans to retire the JF-17 production line by 2030, the FC-31 could emerge as the new flagship aircraft, offering unmatched performance and versatility.

Experts speculate that Pakistan’s interest in the FC-31 could also signal broader implications for the international market. As China develops both land and carrier versions of the FC-31, analysts foresee it becoming a cost-effective alternative to pricier options like the F-35, potentially challenging the dominance of the US aerospace industry and reshaping global strategic rivalries.

Adding complexity to the deal is China’s push for the WS-13 engine, previously rejected for the JF-17 but now under consideration for both the FC-31 and future JF-17 variants. Engine standardization could streamline logistical and maintenance processes for the PAF, further enhancing the appeal of the FC-31.

While negotiations continue, the success of the FC-31 acquisition and local production hinges on several factors, including the outcome of the WS-13 engine discussions. Pakistan’s pursuit of the FC-31 comes amidst its eagerness to replace its aging fleet, with previous attempts to upgrade its F-16s by the United States due to geopolitical pressures.

Amidst these developments, Pakistan previous interest in the Turkish-made Kaan fifth-generation fighter underscores its eagerness to replace its aging fleet. Despite previous attempts to secure upgrades for its F-16s from the United States, Pakistan’s quest for advanced aerial capabilities has led it to explore alternative avenues, with the FC-31 emerging as a promising contender in its pursuit of air superiority.

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Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

At the prestigious ILA aerospace trade show in Berlin, Airbus Defence and Space made waves by introducing its pioneering Wingman concept, marking a significant leap forward in military aviation technology.

Teaming up with Helsing, Europe’s leading defense AI and software company, Airbus showcased a framework cooperation agreement aimed at revolutionizing the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) in defense.

Airbus Wingman

The Wingman concept represents a paradigm shift in aerial warfare, introducing unmanned platforms equipped with advanced AI capabilities to augment the capabilities of manned combat aircraft. Pilots in command aircraft such as the Eurofighter command these autonomous drones, positioning them to undertake high-risk mission tasks that would traditionally pose a significant threat to manned-only aircraft.

Central to the Wingman concept is Manned-Unmanned Teaming, wherein manned aircraft serve as “command fighters,” retaining ultimate control over mission decisions while delegating tactical tasks to unmanned systems. This synergistic collaboration promises to enhance mission flexibility, increase combat mass, and minimize risk exposure for pilots, thereby bolstering overall operational effectiveness.

The capabilities of the Wingman extend across a diverse spectrum of mission profiles, ranging from reconnaissance and target jamming to precision strikes against both ground and aerial targets. Equipped with advanced sensors, connectivity solutions, and a diverse array of armaments, the Wingman stands poised to redefine the operational landscape of modern air forces.

While the Wingman model showcased at ILA Berlin represents the pinnacle of current technological innovation, it also serves as a catalyst for future design iterations. As with any pioneering concept, refinement and evolution are inevitable, with each generation of the Wingman poised to push the boundaries of aerial warfare even further.

MQ-28 Ghost Bat

Boeing introduced the MQ-28 Ghost Bat, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), which made its maiden flight in February 2021. Developed by Boeing Australia, the MQ-28 leverages artificial intelligence to serve as a force multiplier for manned fighter jets.

The Ghost Bat is engineered to operate in tandem with existing military aircraft, enhancing and extending the capabilities of airborne missions. This cost-effective UCAV is designed to work as an intelligent teammate, complementing and amplifying the effectiveness of manned operations in various mission profiles.

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Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber

Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber

The United States Air Force (USAF) has unveiled the first photographs of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber in flight.

These images were captured during test flights conducted by the B-21 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, marking a significant milestone in the development of this sixth-generation aircraft.

Currently undergoing flight tests in California, the B-21 Raider represents the next generation of stealth bombers. With an estimated cost of around $700 million per aircraft, the B-21 Raider is poised to become a crucial component of the USAF’s arsenal for conventional Long Range Strike missions.

According to Air Force briefings, the B-21 Raider will form part of a comprehensive family of systems, encompassing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities, electronic warfare, communication systems, and more. Notably, the bomber will be nuclear-capable and adaptable for both manned and unmanned operations.

It boasts the flexibility to deploy a wide array of stand-off and direct-attack munitions, ensuring versatility in various combat scenarios. One of the B-21’s distinguishing features is its extensive integration of digital technology, as highlighted in discussions held during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Designed with an open systems architecture, the B-21 Raider is built to swiftly incorporate emerging technologies, ensuring its effectiveness against evolving threats over time. The B-21 Raider is slated to replace the aging B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit bombers, bolstering US national security objectives and providing reassurance to allies and partners worldwide.

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