Tue, Mar 28, 2017

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Induction cooker cleared for takeoff

Lufthansa Technik has begun series production of an induction cooker for jets, and will show off the platform’s capabilities at the upcoming Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg next month.

The platform which can include rice cookers and toasters, fits into any aircraft galley, with dimensions of just 570 x 269 x 4 mm (ARINC size 4 and installation variants) and a weight of just 13.5 kg. It is being offered as an all-in-one solution, including power unit, exhaust fan and special cover and locking systems to ensure that pots and pans remain in place even during turbulence. 

Lufthansa Technik says that fresh food can now be prepared on board quickly, safely, cleanly and economically. From the perfect fried egg to a sizzling rib-eye steak, the sky's the limit when it comes to cooking on board, it says.

The option of preparing food freshly on board was a great attraction from the very beginning when it was presented at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016 as a product idea in conjunction with the Germany-based company hs2 engineering. 

Interest among VIP customers and commercial airlines was strengthened by the nomination of the solution as a finalist for the Crystal Cabin Award.

"Conversations with potential customers, flight attendants and cooks enabled us to adapt the cooking platform precisely to users' needs and we are now launching this product on the market," says Miriam Fontius, the project manager at Lufthansa Technik's Original Equipment Innovation division. 

“A number of applications enable not only cooking with pots and pans, but also the use of a special rice cooker with different settings and a toaster.”

Fontius and Peter Huber, Head of Production at hs2 engineering, will be at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, which runs from April 4 to 6, at Lufthansa Technik's stand (Hall 6, Booth 6B80).

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the induction cooking platform in person and sample its "results".

With some 35 subsidiaries and affiliates, the Lufthansa Technik Group is one of the leading providers of technical aircraft services in the world. 

Certified internationally as maintenance, production and design organization, the company has a workforce of more than 25,000 employees. Lufthansa Technik's portfolio covers the entire range of services for commercial and VIP/special mission aircraft, engines, components and landing gear in the areas of digital fleet support, maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, completion and conversion as well as the manufacture of innovative cabin products.

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