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User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2834 times:


I have a question about Galley Equipment. For example, lets say a Delta MD-88 is making a quick flight from ATL to JAN. Would they use a full size galley cart for the drink service, or is it a little square cart (Like those used on CRJ/ERJ flights). Do flights ever take off with some carts gone, except the little one for ATL-JAN? Because I have seen galley carts parked in different airports (Major Hubs). So are different carts always used on one plane, meaning the plane does not keep the same cart all the time. Also, do all commuters and low fare carriers (Delta Express, Vanguard, etc) use the tiny beverage only carts?

Thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

Whew...quite a few questions packed into one post!

The DL MD-88 going from ATL to JAN would most likely have at least two, full-size liquor carts boarded, one for FC and one for YC. I don't think there are any majors who use 1/2 size carts (ERJ/CRJ style).

Takeoff can be tricky. Due to some restrictions imposed by the regulatory authorities, as well as design restrictions, it will be rare to see a full size galley with only one cart boarded. Often times, catering will also board a few empty carts next to the cart being used just to deal with these restrictions. Looking at certain areas in the galley, there are placards which say "all or no carts must be boarded"...but, it varies greatly with the configuration of the galleys that the airlines have.

Different carts are used on different airplanes, just for the sake of effeciency (so no, an aircraft doesn't keep the same carts). Once a cart is taken off the plane, it is unloaded back at the catering facility, thoroughly washed and sanitized, and then loaded with food/beverage for the next flight. Very effecient.

Not all commuters and low fare carriers use tiny beverage carts. I believe that only the commuters (SkyWest, Mesa, ASA, etc.) use the 1/2 carts. Carriers like Delta Express, Metrojet, Vanguard would definitly use a full size liquor cart, if not have specially-built galleys which have no carts...just bulk-boarded beverages in a sort of 'pantry' if you will.

Any more questions just ask!

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User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2800 times:

When I was on a Northwest DC-9-30 flight from GRB-DTW, we had a small cart used, about half the size of a liquor cart I remember. We got Beverage Service and those little snaps pretzels, but those were on top of the cart. Is this normal for a 1/2 cart on a DC-9?

User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

Are the carts for food service (Meals) different? On my NWA flight out of DTW to MSY, They came through with the drink cart and then the dinner cart.

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

Co LITE wrote:

Are the carts for food service (Meals) different? On my NWA flight out of DTW to MSY, They came through with the drink cart and then the dinner cart.

In most cases yes. There are a certain amount of beverage carts loaded onto a plane, and then a certain amount of meal carts loaded too. For example a United 737 equiped for mainline travel (non-shuttle) will have 4 galley carts in back. 2 of those carts are loaded with beverages. The other two carts are loaded with meals. In the galley, loaded in metal boxes are additional beverages, ice, snacks and so on.

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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2773 times:

There are very few manufacturer approved suppliers of galley equipment and I know a bunch of Asian companies are clamoring to get into the business of designing the next generation of service equipment. Quite honestly, the current designs are of 1950s vintage and have long outlived their design utility.

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2763 times:

B747-437B wrote

There are very few manufacturer approved suppliers of galley equipment and I know a bunch of Asian companies are clamoring to get into the business of designing the next generation of service equipment. Quite honestly, the current designs are of 1950s vintage and have long outlived their design utility.


You are right that the carts of today have out lived their usefullness. A few months ago on the crewstart forums, I remember seeing a post about National Airline's new tech beverage carts. It is more like a bar with a fountain for dispencing beverages...(well sorta). It has one of those hose things, where the f/a pushes the button to make the desired beverage dispence. Sounds like an interesting idea. I guess that cart makes it so the can is not existant

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User currently offlineVngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

Check out http://www.sterlingbeverage.com this has a virtual demonstration of National's new carts.

Vanguard uses trays/pantries on the 732's as for the MD80s I am unsure as I haven't had the opportunity to fly on one yet.


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