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  • Published On : Nov 2018
  • Code : CMI2283
  • Industry : Food and Beverages
  • Pages : 125
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­­­Global Inflight Catering Market – Insights

Inflight or airline catering is a service provided by companies during air travel and at the airports. Catering becomes a very critical part of the business, especially for Network Carriers serving long distances. Meal design and meal planning are important processes of catering services. According to International Air Transport Association (IATA), catering planning and catering operations are important areas of activities of inflight services. Various organizations and groups are formed in order to regulate and organize inflight-catering activities. For instance, Inflight Catering Work Group was established in 2004, to bring together airlines and caterers in order to discuss issues of mutual concern and of special interest of the catering community, identify potential areas of cooperation, as well as implement concrete solutions. Moreover, Inflight RFID Task Force, focuses on catering trolley tracking and its maintenance history. Both these groups work with IATA.

Meals segment is expected to show a significant growth in the global inflight catering market in 2018. This is attributed to increasing number of international passengers and long air travel. Key players are opting various marketing strategies to attract customers’ attention such as mini-meal and healthy snacks provision. For instance, OTG, which operates over 300 restaurants and retail concepts in 10 airports across North America, provides local foods for global passengers. It uses locally sourced ingredients from local farms straight to the airport.

Economy class segment held significant market share in global inflight catering market in 2018, owing to affordable economy class air tickets. Governments of various countries are introducing customer friendly policies to fuel growth of the aviation industry. For instance, UDAN-RCS, regional airport development and ‘Regional Connectivity Scheme" (RCS) of Government of India, was launched in April 2017, with the objective: "Let the common citizen of the country fly". The scheme aimed at making air travel affordable and widespread, to fuel inclusive national economic development, job growth, and air transport infrastructure development of all regions and states of India.

Europe held significant market share in the global inflight catering market in 2017, owing to increasing number of people travelling to European countries and travel friendly policies of the European government. For instance, the Directive 96/97 by European Union applies to all types of airside and landside ground handling services, such as passenger and baggage handling, aircraft services and aircraft maintenance, fuel and oil handling, and catering services at all EU airports is open to commercial traffic with annual traffic over two million passenger movements or 50,000 tons of cargo.

The global inflight catering market was valued at US$ 16.8 billion in 2017, and is anticipated to register a CAGR of 6.2% in terms of revenue, during the forecast period (2018– 2026), to reach US$ 28.02 billion by 2026.

Figure 1. Global Inflight Catering Market Share, By Aircraft Class, 2017

Inflight Catering  | Coherent Market Insights 

Source: Coherent Market Insights, 2017-18

Figure 2. Global Inflight Catering Market Share, By Region, 2017

 Inflight Catering  | Coherent Market Insights

Source: Coherent Market Insights, 2017-18

Players operating in the global inflight catering market are adopting various growth strategies such as technological advancements, buy on board food, ordering and paying via tablets and mobiles. For instance, in May 2013, OTG installed around 7,000 of food-ordering iPads, at half-dozen of the U.S. airports. OTG made a strategic partnership with renowned chefs and restaurants to showcase locally sourced ingredients and seasonal menus.

Major players operating in the global inflight catering market include, SATS ltd., Gate Gourmet, LSG Sky Chefs, DO & CO Aktiengesellschaft, NewrestInternational Group, Emirates Flight Catering, Flying Food Group, Journey Group plc, and DubaiNational Air Transport Association.

An inflight catering, airline food, or in-flight meal is a meal served to passengers on board a commercial airliner. These meals are prepared by specialist airline catering services and normally served to passengers using an airline service trolley. The quality and quantity of the meals served in flight differs by the airline companies and the classes of travel.

Rising number of airline passengers is fueling growth of the inflight catering market. For instance, according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in the U.S. total passenger enplanements in 2010, was 720.5 million which was increased to 763.2 million in 2014.

Market Dynamics

By aircraft class, economy class is gaining traction in the market. Rising number of passengers traveling through economy class is fueling growth of economic services in the inflight catering market. In economic class, the focus is more on affordable meals, beverages, and shelf-stable food for purchase in both long-haul and short-haul flights.

Europe held a significant market share in 2017, due to increasing number of people travelling to European countries and high number of domestic players in inflight catering services market. For instance, one of the important player in the inflight catering services market, LSG Group, headquartered in Germany, served 205 airports with 696 million number of meals by 2017.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides in-depth analysis of inflight catering and provides market size (US$ Billion) and Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR %) for the forecast period (2018 – 2026), considering 2017 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunity across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrix for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, and competitive strategy adopted by the leading players
  • It profiles leading players in the global inflight catering market based on the following parameters – company overview, financial performance, product portfolio, geographical presence, distribution strategies, key developments and strategies, and future plans
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study includes, SATS ltd., Gate Gourmet, LSG Sky Chefs, DO & CO Aktiengesellschaft, NewrestInternational Group, Emirates Flight Catering, Flying Food Group, Journey Group plc, and DubaiNational Air Transport Association among others.
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and the management authorities of the companies to make informed decision regarding their future products launches, technology up-gradation, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global inflight catering market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through the various strategy matrices used in analyzing the inflight catering market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Inflight Catering Market, By Aircraft class:
    • Economy class
    • Business class
    • First class
  • Global Inflight Catering Market, By Food type:
    • Meals
    • Bakery & Confectionary
    • Beverages
    • Others
  • Global Inflight Catering Market, By Geography:
    • North America
      • U.S.
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Canada
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
    • Europe
      • U.K.
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Germany
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Italy
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • France
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Russia
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Rest of Europe
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • India
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Japan
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • ASEAN
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Australia
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • South Korea
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Mexico
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Rest of Latin America
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
    • Middle East
      • GCC
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Israel
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Rest of Middle East
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
    • Africa
      • Northern Africa
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • Central Africa
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
      • South Africa
        • By Aircraft class:
          • Economy class
          • Business class
          • First class
        • By Food type:
          • Meals
          • Bakery & Confectionary
          • Beverages
          • Others
  • Company Profiles
    • SATS ltd *
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Strategies
      • Recent Developments
      • Future Plans
    • Gate Gourmet
    • LSG Sky Chefs
    • DO & CO Aktiengesellschaft
    • NewrestInternational Group
    • Emirates Flight Catering
    • Flying Food Group
    • Journey Group plc
    • DubaiNational Air Transport Association

 “*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective section.

Frequently Asked Questions

The global inflight catering market is estimated to surpass US$ 28.03 Billion by 2026.
Major players operating in the global inflight catering market include SATS ltd., Gate Gourmet, LSG Sky Chefs, DO & CO Aktiengesellschaft, Newrest International Group, Emirates Flight Catering, Flying Food Group, Journey Group plc, and Dubai National Air Transport Association.
Cynical consumer perception towards the freshness and cost of food that is being served during air travel is one of the major factors that is expected to hamper growth of the market over the forecast period.
Increasing number of low cost airlines, coupled with growing number of international travelers are some the major factors that are expected to propel growth of the market over the forecast period.
The global inflight catering market is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 6.2% over the forecast period.
Among regions, Europe held dominant position in the market accounting for 38% market share in 2017, owing to increasing number of people travelling to European countries.

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