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In-Flight Catering Services - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics

  • ID: 2255384
  • Report
  • May 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 609 Pages
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc


  • AAS Catering Co., Ltd.
  • Abby`s Catering
  • dnata
  • Gate Gourmet
  • LSG Sky Chefs
  • SATS Limited

Global In-Flight Catering Services Market to Reach US$23.9 Billion by the Year 2027

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for In-Flight Catering Services estimated at US$17.7 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$23.9 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 4.4% over the analysis period 2020-2027.Economy Class, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to grow at a 4.8% CAGR to reach US$11.9 Billion by the end of the analysis period.After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Business Class segment is readjusted to a revised 4% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 31.7% share of the global In-Flight Catering Services market.

The U.S. Accounts for Over 27% of Global Market Size in 2020, While China is Forecast to Grow at a 7.2% CAGR for the Period of 2020-2027

The In-Flight Catering Services market in the U.S. is estimated at US$4.8 Billion in the year 2020. The country currently accounts for a 27% share in the global market. China, the world second largest economy, is forecast to reach an estimated market size of US$5 Billion in the year 2027 trailing a CAGR of 7.2% through 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 2.5% and 3.5% respectively over the 2020-2027 period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 3.2% CAGR while Rest of European market (as defined in the study) will reach US$5 Billion by the year 2027.

First Class Segment Corners a 19.8% Share in 2020

In the global First Class segment, USA, Canada, Japan, China and Europe will drive the 3.6% CAGR estimated for this segment. These regional markets accounting for a combined market size of US$2.6 Billion in the year 2020 will reach a projected size of US$3.4 Billion by the close of the analysis period. China will remain among the fastest growing in this cluster of regional markets. Led by countries such as Australia, India, and South Korea, the market in Asia-Pacific is forecast to reach US$3.2 Billion by the year 2027, while Latin America will expand at a 4.1% CAGR through the analysis period.

Select Competitors (Total 73 Featured) -

  • AAS Catering Co., Ltd.
  • Abby`s Catering
  • ANA Catering Service Co., Ltd.
  • Brahim`s SATS Food Services Sdn Bhd
  • Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.) Ltd.
  • dnata
  • Emirates Flight Catering Co., LLC
  • Gate Gourmet
  • KLM Catering Services Schiphol BV
  • LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG
  • LSG Sky Chefs
  • Newrest Group International S.A.S
  • Royal In-Flight Catering Co., Ltd.
  • SATS Limited
  • Saudi Airlines Catering Company
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  • AAS Catering Co., Ltd.
  • Abby`s Catering
  • dnata
  • Gate Gourmet
  • LSG Sky Chefs
  • SATS Limited


  • Influencer Market Insights
  • World Market Trajectories
  • Impact of Covid-19 and a Looming Global Recession
  • In-Flight Catering Services: A Prelude
  • Historical Background
  • Key Stakeholders
  • Architecture of In-Flight Catering System
  • In-Flight Catering Services: Providing Quality, Fresh and Delicious Food to Air Passengers
  • Low Cost Carriers to Gain Greater Market Share
  • Economy Class Drives Market Growth
  • Air Passengers Exhibit Preference for Meals
  • In-Flight Catering: One of the Most Dynamic Segments in the Catering Industry
  • Inflight Catering: Major Trends Summarized
  • Airline Catering: From Simple Fare Comprising Biscuits to Elaborate Multiple Meal Option Menus
  • Quieter Airplanes Make it Easy to Savor In-Flight Meals
  • Food Services for Premium Cabins Similar to Top Restaurants on the Ground
  • Advent of Cultural and Religious Diets
  • Complimentary and Paid Multiple-Course Meals
  • Popular Food, Beverage and Culinary Trends in Airline Catering
  • Locally Procured Food: The New Flavor of the Season
  • Vegetables Take Center Stage
  • Adding Spice to Food
  • Hawaiian Food Going Places
  • Healthier Breakfast Options
  • Branded Farm Produce
  • New Meat Cuts
  • Stuffed Items Gain Popularity
  • Signature & High Class Cocktails
  • Seafood
  • Fast Food
  • Packaged Popcorn
  • Best Coffee Onboard
  • Craft Beer
  • Seasonal Food Items for Holiday Travelers
  • Spices and Herbs Replace Artificial Additives and Salt
  • Foods from Home/Destination Country
  • Nutritious Food Onboard: A Major Attraction for Health Conscious Customers
  • Few Other Airline Food & Catering Trends in a Nutshell
  • All Things Significant about Food Served in Flights across the World
  • Major Aspects of Aircraft Food
  • Emerging Economies to Propel Future Growth in In-Flight Catering Services Market
  • Economic and Demographic Fundamentals Support Market Growth
  • Exhibit 1: Global Economic Outlook: Real GDP Growth Rates in % by Country/Region for the Years 2018 through 2020
  • Exhibit 2: Fastest Growing Economies Worldwide over the Period 2016-2050: Annual Average Real GDP Growth (%) for Select Developing Economies
  • Major Market Challenges Summarized
  • Abby’s Catering (USA)
  • AAS Catering Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • ANA Catering Service Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Brahim’s SATS Food Services Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)
  • Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.) Ltd. (Hong Kong)
  • DO & CO Restaurants & Catering AG (Austria)
  • dnata (UAE)
  • Emirates Flight Catering Co., LLC (UAE)
  • Flying Food Group, LLC (USA)
  • gategroup Holding AG (Switzerland)
  • Servair SA (France)
  • KLM Catering Services Schiphol BV (The Netherlands)
  • LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG (Germany)
  • LSG Sky Chefs (Germany)
  • Newrest Group International S.A.S (France)
  • On Air Dining Ltd. (UK)
  • Royal In-Flight Catering Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Saudi Airlines Catering Company (Saudi Arabia)
  • SATS Limited (Singapore)
  • TajSATS Air Catering Limited (India)
  • Surge in Air Travel and the Corresponding Increase in Passenger Traffic Drive Healthy Growth in Demand for In-Flight Catering Services
  • Exhibit 3: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (in Millions) Worldwide by Country: 2010-2018
  • Exhibit 4: Global Passenger Air Traffic Revenues (in US$ Billion): 2010-2019
  • Exhibit 5: Global Annual Air Traffic in Trillion RPK (Revenue Passenger Kilometer) for the Period 1975 to 2038
  • Exhibit 6: Projected Growth in Global Airline Traffic (RPK) by Geographic Region: 2018-2038
  • Stable Commercial Aviation Outlook Signals Growth Opportunities for Airline Catering
  • Exhibit 7: Global Commercial Aircraft Fleet Projections: Breakdown of Fleet (in Units) by Region for 2018 and 2038
  • Ground Handling Services: The Backbone of In-Flight Catering
  • Growing International Tourism and Consequent Rise in Air Travel to Benefit In-Flight Catering Market
  • Exhibit 8: Europe Captures Largest Share of International Tourist Arrivals: Breakdown of International Tourist Arrivals (in %) by Region for 2018
  • Exhibit 9: Air Travel Dominates International Tourism Industry: Breakdown of Tourism Market (in %) by Mode of Transportation for 2000 and 2018
  • Booming Outbound Travels of Chinese Millennial Population to Benefit Growth Prospects for In-Flight Catering
  • Exhibit 10: Top Spenders Worldwide on Outbound Travel: Breakdown of Travel Expenditure (US$ Billion) by Country for 2018
  • Increasing Pressure to Reduce Costs Favor In-flight Catering Outsourcing
  • Shift from Complimentary Meals to ‘Buy on Board’ Transforms In-Flight Catering from Free Service Offering to a Revenue Model
  • Low-Cost Carriers Boost the “Buy on Board” Segment of Travel Retail
  • Local Touch to Buy-On-Board Catering
  • Culturally Diverse Food Preferences Spur Growth in Demand for Special Meals
  • Mobile-Based Ordering and Pre-Ordering Takes Off
  • Pre-ordered Meals at Airport Restaurants
  • Pre-Ordered Meals before Flights
  • Paid Pre-order Meals Still Not Flying
  • Dietary Restrictions and Food Allergies: The Main Considerations for Airlines When Deciding Menus
  • Demand Surges for Healthy and High Quality Food
  • Mini Meals: The Latest Fad for the Health Conscious Airline Traveler
  • Rising Airline-Hotel Collaborations Benefit Market Prospects
  • Enduring Trend of Environmental Sustainability Augurs Well for Long Term Growth of In-Flight Catering
  • Air Travel Plastic Waste Increasing Steadily: A Major Concern
  • Use of Plastic in In-Flight Catering Raises Carbon Emission Concerns
  • Major Airlines Undertake Sustainability Initiatives to Address Climate Change
  • Focus on Environmental Conservation and Cabin Waste Reduction Influence Packaging of Inflight Meals
  • Innovative Airline Amenity Ideas from PriestmanGoode
  • Edible Cups of Air New Zealand
  • SAS Unveils New, Sustainable Packaging of New Nordic Food Concept
  • SunExpress Germany Offers Meals in Recyclable, Bio-packaging
  • SIA Embarking on New Onboard Sustainability Initiatives
  • The Bring-your-Own-Cup Trend Catching Up in the Air Travel Industry
  • Airlines Caterers Prepare to Meet Challenges Posed by Increasing Numbers of Aging Air Travelers
  • Exhibit 11: Breakdown of Number of People Aged 65+ Years in Million by Geographic Region for the Years 2019 and 2030
  • Emerging Middle Class & Rapid Urbanization: Megatrends Driving Air Travel & Airline Catering
  • Exhibit 12: Global Middle Class Population (In Million) by Region for the Years 2020, 2025 and 2030
  • Exhibit 13: Global Middle Class Spending (US$ Trillion) by Region for the Years 2020, 2025, 2030
  • Exhibit 14: Middle Class Households as a Percentage (%) of Total Households for Select Countries: 2008, 2018, 2024, 2030, 2036
  • Exhibit 15: World Urban Population in Thousands: 1950-2050P
  • Exhibit 16: Degree of Urbanization Worldwide: Urban Population as a % of Total Population by Geographic Region for the Years 1950, 1970, 1990, 2018, 2030 and 2050
  • Innovations, Advancements and Service Enhancements
  • The Vertical Farm of Emirates
  • Lufthansa’s Astronauts’ Meals
  • Airborne Cooking Robot
  • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence by Airlines for Improved Food Supply and Sales
  • Sous-Vide Cooking Process from Cuisine Solutions
  • On-Demand Food Service for Enhanced Travel Experience
  • Meal Ordering Devices (MODs) for Taking Orders
  • Automated In-Flight Catering Management Solutions
  • Hybrid Model: The Next Big Thing in Airline Catering
  • Food Trucks
  • Onboard Picnic Services
  • Deep Frozen Meals
  • Key Challenges Facing In-Flight Catering Market


  • In-flight Catering Services Market in the US: Poised for Stable Growth
  • Improving Commercial Aviation Sector to Benefit Demand Prospects
  • Exhibit 17: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in the US: 2010-2018
  • Increasingly Choosy Food Habits of Air Travelers Drive Growth in the Matured US Market
  • In-Flight Food Takes the Healthy Route
  • Willingness of Consumers to Pay Extra for On-Board Meals Bodes Well for the Market
  • North American Airlines Adopt New Approach towards In-Flight Food
  • Lean Manufacturing Leads the Way
  • In-Fight Catering: Localization and Personalization Assumes Importance
  • DIY Catering Comes to Rescue in Remote Locations
  • Lack of Adequate Safety Precautions in Airline: A Major Cause of Concern
  • Healthy Rise in Air Passenger Traffic Fuels Market Growth
  • Exhibit 18: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in Canada: 2010-2018
  • Growing Preference for Culture-Specific Meals Sustain Market Growth
  • Exhibit 19: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in Japan: 2010-2018
  • Surging Demand for Air Travel Spurs Growth in Chinese In-Flight Catering Services
  • Exhibit 20: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in China: 2010-2018
  • Rapid Market Development Results in Fierce Competition
  • Strategies to Drive Growth in China’s In-Flight Catering Market
  • Reducing Cost of Catering Operations
  • Local Characteristics, Chinese-Style Catering
  • Creating Healthy and Safety Atmosphere for Aviation Compound Food
  • Developing People-Oriented Service with Focus on Tourists
  • Growing Demand for New Airplanes to Benefit Market Growth
  • Exhibit 21: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in Select European Countries: 2010-2018
  • Exhibit 22: Commercial Aircraft Projections in Europe: Breakdown of Fleet (Units) by Type for 2018 and 2038
  • European Airlines Offer Buy-On-Board Services
  • Impact of Reorganized EU VAT System on In-Flight Catering Services in Europe



  • UK Airlines Charge In-Flight Meals in Tune with Global Trends
  • Exhibit 23: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in the UK: 2010-2018

  • Rising Air Travel Fuels Growth in Airline Catering Market
  • Exhibit 24: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in Russia: 2010-2018
  • Changes Abound in Airline Catering Industry
  • In-Flight Catering Market Faces Food Safety Challenges

  • Surging Air Passenger Traffic & Growing Affluence Drive Strong Market Growth
  • Exhibit 25: International Tourist Arrivals (in Million) in Asia-Pacific by Country: 2010 and 2018
  • Booming Commercial Aviation Sector Offers Lucrative Growth Opportunities
  • Exhibit 26: World Aviation Routes: Top Routes Ranked by Annual Air Travel Growth (in %) for the Period 2018-2038
  • Bakery Products Signal Opportunities for In-Flight Caterers
  • In-flight Bakery Product Choices in Asia-Pacific

  • India: A High Growth Market for In-Flight Catering Services
  • Exhibit 27: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in India: 2010-2018
  • Branded Foods Find Favor with Airlines
  • Rise in Low Cost Carriers with Buy on Board Options
  • Exhibit 28: LCC Penetration Rates (in %) for Domestic and International Routes in Select Asia-Pacific Countries: 2018
  • National Carrier Bows Down to Pressure
  • Rise of Halal Tourism in India
  • Flight Caterers Begin Diversifying into Retail Business to Remain Afloat
  • Key Challenges Confronting In-Flight Caterers in India


  • Steadily Growing Aviation Sector Augurs Well for In-Flight Catering Services Market
  • Exhibit 29: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (in Millions) in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico for the Period 2010-2018




  • Middle East Market for In-flight Catering Gains Prominence
  • Exhibit 30: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in Select Middle Eastern Countries: 2010-2018
  • Middle Eastern Carriers Forge Ahead in On-board Catering Services
  • Back Catering: An Emerging Trend in the Market


  • An Important Regional Market Owing to Religious Travel
  • Exhibit 31: Annual Air Passenger Traffic (Millions) in Saudi Arabia: 2010-2018



  • Total Companies Profiled: 73
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • AAS Catering Co., Ltd.
  • Abby`s Catering
  • ANA Catering Service Co., Ltd.
  • Brahim`s SATS Food Services Sdn Bhd
  • Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.) Ltd.
  • dnata
  • Emirates Flight Catering Co., LLC
  • Gate Gourmet
  • KLM Catering Services Schiphol BV
  • LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG
  • LSG Sky Chefs
  • Newrest Group International S.A.S
  • Royal In-Flight Catering Co., Ltd.
  • SATS Limited
  • Saudi Airlines Catering Company
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