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In-Flight Catering Service Market by Aircraft Class, Flight Type, and Food Type: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019-2026

  • ID: 4828575
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 260 pages
  • Allied Analytics LLP
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In-flight catering service or airline catering is a service provided by companies during air travel to the passengers. In-flight catering is a very critical part of the airline business, especially for the network carriers that offer long haul (long distance) service. Meal design and meal planning are important process of in-flight catering service. According to International Air Transportation Association (IATA), catering planning and operation are important. For instance, a large-scale flight catering production unit may employ over 800 staff to produce as many as 25,000 meals per day during peak periods. A large international airline company may have hundreds of takeoffs and landings every day from just their main hub. These facts and others like them make flight catering unlike any other sector of the catering industry.

Airlines were becoming aware regarding the importance of the in-flight service, and introduced custom-built galleys, complete with water boilers, hot cups, and flasks. Developments also took place to ensure that tray equipment, such as cups, plates, cutlery, and glassware, were light weight and can be stored in confine space. Internet technology has permitted advances in the interfacing of airlines, caterers, and suppliers with a comprehensive e-commerce-based system. The launch of eLSG.SKYCHEFS and e-gatematrix in 2001 has enabled the world’s two largest flight caterers assist in areas of equipment management, procurement, and basic information dissemination. Airlines can then work with caterers and suppliers on food service, scheduling, menu specifications, meal ordering, and other functions. Ordering a meal is not a problem. Cathy Pacific Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer passengers in-flight e-mail and intranet services across their entire fleet. Airlines are also responding to the global market by the larger carriers forming partnerships and alliances to rationalize services and peripheral activities.

According to the International Civil Aviation Organization there has been a dramatic growth in the aviation industry over the last two decades with rise in number of passenger from 1.467 billion in 1998 to 3.979 billion in 2017. Airlines are ramping up to serve more passengers by modernizing their fleets and adding buying new generation aircraft that are more fuel-efficient and also by becoming more sophisticated retailers to compete with low-cost rivals while maintaining healthy profitability. Thus, this growth in the aviation industry is expected to boost the number of airline passenger and thus led to growth of inflight catering service market. The aviation sector is experiencing rapid growth worldwide owing to booming tourism industries, lower air fares, and the push for greater connectivity in an increasingly globalized economy. Middle-class expansion has also spurred growth in air travel, as more people are able to afford flights for holidays or business-related travel. The growth of low-cost airline is mainly driven by cheaper rate compared to other airlines (full service or traditional airline). The growth of the low-cost airline is attributed to the rise in economic activity, ease of travel, travel & tourism industry, and consumers' preference for low-cost service along with non-stop and frequent services. In addition, rise in purchasing power of middle class especially in the developing regions has fueled the low-cost airline market growth. This low-cost airline does not include food in the air ticket price thus hampering the in-flight catering service market growth.

The global In-Flight catering service market is segmented based on aircraft class, flight type, and food type. Depending on aircraft class, the In-Flight catering service market is classified into economy class, business class, and first class. The flight type segment comprises full service and low cost. Based on food type, the In-Flight catering service market is classified into meals, bakery and confectionary, beverages, others. Based on region, it is analyzed across North (U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, UK, France, The Netherlands, Turkey, and rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, and rest of Asia-Pacific), and LAMEA (Brazil, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and rest of LAMEA).

The key players profiled in this report include Gategroup, Newrest Group International S.A.S, LSG Sky Chefs, Do & Co, Emirates Flight Catering, SATS Limited, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Flying food Group LLC, Saudi Airlines Catering Company, and Royal In-Flight Catering.

Other players in the industries are Journey Group Plc, On Air Dining, KLM Catering Services Schiphol, Air Fayre, Servair, LSG Lufthansa Service Holding, Abby's Catering, AAS Catering, LSG Lufthansa Service Holding, ANA Catering Service, TajSATS Air Catering Limited, and Brahim's SATS Food Services.

KEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERS
  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the current in-flight catering service market trends, estimations, and dynamics of the global in-flight catering service market from 2018 to 2025 to identify the prevailing market opportunities.
  • The key countries in all the major regions are mapped based on their in-flight catering service market share.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders to make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier–buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the in-flight catering service market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing in-flight catering service market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global industry.
  • Market player positioning segment facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global in-flight catering service market, key players, market segments, fish types, and growth strategies.
KEY MARKET SEGMENTS
  • By Aircraft Class
o Economy Class
o Business Class
o First Class
  • By Flight Type
o Full Service
o Low Cost
  • By Food Type
o Meals
o Bakery and Confectionary
o Beverages
o Others
  • By Region
o North America
  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico
o Europe
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • The Netherlands
  • Turkey
  • Rest of Europe
o Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
o LAMEA
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • United Emirates
  • Rest of LAMEA
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CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
1.1. Report description
1.2. Key market benefits for stakeholders
1.3. Key market segments
1.4. Research methodology
1.4.1. Secondary research
1.4.2. Primary research
1.4.3. Analyst tools and models

CHAPTER 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
2.1. CXO perspective

CHAPTER 3: MARKET OVERVIEW
3.1. Market definition and scope
3.2. Key findings
3.2.1. Top investment pockets
3.3. Porter's five force analysis
3.3.1. Bargaining power of suppliers
3.3.2. Bargaining power of buyers
3.3.3. Threat of new entrants
3.3.4. Threat of substitution
3.3.5. Intensity of competitive rivalry
3.4. Market dynamics
3.4.1. Drivers
3.4.1.1. Rise in number of international and domestic air passengers
3.4.1.2. Growth in the aviation industry
3.4.2. Restraints
3.4.2.1. Retail on board and personal in-flight chefs
3.4.2.2. Growth in low cost airline market
3.4.3. Opportunities
3.4.3.1. Innovation in food technologies
3.4.3.2. Government initiatives for sustainable air connectivity growth
3.5. Market player positioning, 2018

CHAPTER 4: IN-FLIGHT CATERING SERVICE MARKET, BY AIRCRAFT CLASS
4.1. Overview
4.1.1. Market size and forecast
4.2. Economy Class
4.2.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
4.2.2. Market size and forecast
4.2.3. Market analysis by Region
4.3. Business Class
4.3.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
4.3.2. Market size and forecast
4.3.3. Market analysis by Region
4.4. First Class
4.4.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
4.4.2. Market size and forecast
4.4.3. Market analysis by Region

CHAPTER 5: IN-FLIGHT CATERING SERVICE MARKET, BY FLIGHT TYPE
5.1. Overview
5.1.1. Market size and forecast
5.2. Full Service
5.2.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
5.2.2. Market size and forecast
5.2.3. Market analysis by Region
5.3. Low Cost
5.3.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
5.3.2. Market size and forecast
5.3.3. Market analysis by Region

CHAPTER 6: IN-FLIGHT CATERING SERVICE MARKET, BY FOOD TYPE
6.1. Overview
6.1.1. Market size and forecast
6.2. Meals
6.2.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
6.2.2. Market size and forecast
6.2.3. Market analysis by Region
6.3. Bakery and Confectionary
6.3.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
6.3.2. Market size and forecast
6.3.3. Market analysis by Region
6.4. Beverages
6.4.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
6.4.2. Market size and forecast
6.4.3. Market analysis by Region
6.5. Others
6.5.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
6.5.2. Market size and forecast
6.5.3. Market analysis by Region

CHAPTER 7: IN-FLIGHT CATERING SERVICE MARKET, BY REGION
7.1. Overview
7.1.1. Market size and forecast, by region
7.2. North America
7.2.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
7.2.2. Market size and forecast by aircraft class
7.2.3. Market size and forecast by flight type
7.2.4. Market size and forecast
7.2.5. Market size and forecast by country
7.3. U.S.
7.3.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.3.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.3.3. Market size and forecast
7.4. Canada
7.4.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.4.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.4.3. Market size and forecast
7.5. Mexico
7.5.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.5.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.5.3. Market size and forecast
7.6. Europe
7.6.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
7.6.2. Market size and forecast by aircraft class
7.6.3. Market size and forecast by flight type
7.6.4. Market size and forecast
7.6.5. Market size and forecast by country
7.7. UK
7.7.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.7.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.7.3. Market size and forecast
7.8. France
7.8.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.8.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.8.3. Market size and forecast
7.9. The Netherlands
7.9.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.9.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.9.3. Market size and forecast
7.10. Germany
7.10.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.10.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.10.3. Market size and forecast
7.11. Turkey
7.11.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.11.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.11.3. Market size and forecast
7.12. Rest of Europe
7.12.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.12.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.12.3. Market size and forecast
7.13. Asia-Pacific
7.13.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
7.13.2. Market size and forecast by aircraft class
7.13.3. Market size and forecast by flight type
7.13.4. Market size and forecast
7.13.5. Market size and forecast by country
7.14. China
7.14.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.14.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.14.3. Market size and forecast
7.15. Japan
7.15.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.15.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.15.3. Market size and forecast
7.16. India
7.16.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.16.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.16.3. Market size and forecast
7.17. South Korea
7.17.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.17.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.17.3. Market size and forecast
7.18. Australia
7.18.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.18.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.18.3. Market size and forecast
7.19. Rest of Europe
7.19.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.19.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.19.3. Market size and forecast
7.20. LAMEA
7.20.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities
7.20.2. Market size and forecast by aircraft class
7.20.3. Market size and forecast by flight type
7.20.4. Market size and forecast
7.20.5. Market size and forecast by country
7.21. Brazil
7.21.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.21.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.21.3. Market size and forecast
7.22. South Africa
7.22.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.22.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.22.3. Market size and forecast
7.23. United Arab Emirates
7.23.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.23.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.23.3. Market size and forecast
7.24. Rest of LAMEA
7.24.1. Market size and forecast, by aircraft class
7.24.2. Market size and forecast, by flight type
7.24.3. Market size and forecast

CHAPTER 8: COMPANY PROFILES
8.1. Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
8.1.1. Company overview
8.1.2. Company snapshot
8.1.3. Operating business segments
8.1.4. Product portfolio
8.1.5. Business performance
8.1.6. Key strategic moves and developments
8.2. DO & CO
8.2.1. Company overview
8.2.2. Company snapshot
8.2.3. Operating business segments
8.2.4. Product portfolio
8.2.5. Business performance
8.2.6. Key strategic moves and developments
8.3. The Emirates Group
8.3.1. Company overview
8.3.2. Company snapshot
8.3.3. Operating business segments
8.3.4. Product portfolio
8.3.5. Business performance
8.3.6. Key strategic moves and developments
8.4. Flying food Group LLC
8.4.1. Company overview
8.4.2. Company snapshot
8.4.3. Operating business segments
8.4.4. Product portfolio
8.4.5. Business performance
8.4.6. Key strategic moves and developments
8.5. gategroup
8.5.1. Company overview
8.5.2. Company snapshot
8.5.3. Operating business segments
8.5.4. Product portfolio
8.5.5. Business performance
8.5.6. Key strategic moves and developments
8.6. LSG Sky Chefs
8.6.1. Company overview
8.6.2. Company snapshot
8.6.3. Operating business segments
8.6.4. Product portfolio
8.6.5. Business performance
8.6.6. Key strategic moves and developments
8.7. Newrest Group International S.A.S
8.7.1. Company overview
8.7.2. Company snapshot
8.7.3. Operating business segments
8.7.4. Product portfolio
8.7.5. Business performance
8.7.6. Key strategic moves and developments
8.8. SATS Limited
8.8.1. Company overview
8.8.2. Company snapshot
8.8.3. Operating business segments
8.8.4. Product portfolio
8.8.5. Business performance
8.8.6. Key strategic moves and developments
8.9. ANA Catering Service
8.9.1. Company overview
8.9.2. Company snapshot
8.9.3. Operating business segments
8.9.4. Product portfolio
8.9.5. Business performance
8.9.6. Key strategic moves and developments
8.10. Brahim's SATS Food Services
8.10.1. Company overview
8.10.2. Company snapshot
8.10.3. Operating business segments
8.10.4. Product portfolio
8.10.5. Business performance
8.10.6. Key strategic moves and developments

*Full List of Tables and Figures Available on Enquiry.

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According to this report titled, 'Global In-Flight Catering Service Market by Aircraft Class, Flight Type, Food Type, and Region: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026,' the global in-flight catering service market size was valued at $18,081 million in 2018, and is expected to reach $24,113 million by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 3.66% from 2019 to 2026. The economy class segment is expected to retain its dominant position, in terms of revenue generation, throughout the forecast period.

North America held the leading position in the global in-flight catering service market size in 2018 and is expected to maintain its dominance in the future. The full service segment is expected to retain its dominant position, in terms of revenue generation, throughout the forecast period.

Inflight catering is a service provided by catering companies to air travelers during air travel. Inflight catering service is an important service offered by the airline company to the passengers to make unparalleled travel experience on board. Due to rise in competition in the airline industry and increase in number of passengers in-flight catering service is an important service to attract customer and increase their market share.

The global in-flight catering service market is projected to witness significant growth during the forecast period, owing to rise in number of passengers across the globe. According to analysis of International Air Transport Association (IATA), more than seven billion passengers are expected to opt for air travel by end of 2036, with a 3.6 % year-on-year growth. Air transportation companies are thriving to focus on increasing the quality of in-flight catering service in order to attract more passengers from a business development standpoint. This factor is expected to fuel the demand for various in-flight catering services, consequently driving the in-flight catering service market growth during the period of assessment. According to the IATA, the international and domestic air traffic across the global aviation industry has witnessed a significant surge since past few years that has led to increased operational profits and overall net profits of airlines. Moreover, the increase in number of individuals opting for air travel is expected to boost the demand for in-flight catering services, in turn fueling the growth of the in-flight catering market during the forecast period.

The global in-flight catering service market is segmented based on aircraft class, flight type, and food type. Depending on aircraft class, the in-flight catering service market is classified into economy class, business class, and first class. The flight type segment comprises full service and low cost. Based on food type, the in-flight catering service market is classified into meals, bakery & confectionary, beverages, and others. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America (the U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, the UK, France, The Netherlands, Turkey, and rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, and rest of Asia-Pacific), and LAMEA (Brazil, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and rest of LAMEA).

Economy class was the highest revenue generator and is expected to witness a CAGR of 3.61% in-flight catering service market forecast, followed by first class segment at 3.39%.

Rise in investment in the development of airport infrastructure and development of aviation technology is expected to lower the air travel cost thus boosting the market growth. The Indian government is planning to invest US$1.83 billion for development of airport infrastructure along with aviation navigation services by 2026. The investment is aimed to develop Guwahati as an inter-regional hub and Agartala, Imphal, and Dibrugarh as intra-regional hubs. In addition, Indian aircraft Manufacture, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) service providers are exempted completely from customs and countervailing duties. These will lower the air transportation prices and thus lead to untap huge growth opportunities within the country. In addition, Australian government has signed an open sky agreement with India government allowing airlines on either side to offer unlimited seats to six Indian metro cities and various Australian cities. Thus, helping in reduction of airline fares and boosting the market growth.

Europe was the second largest market in terms of revenue generation and is expected to register a CAGR of 2.91% during the forecast period. In North America, in-flight catering service has ceased expanding in recent years, however, in South America it has shown strong and continuous growth, particularly in Brazil and Peru. This is attributed to technological developments in South America. Moreover, rapid development in the Middle East, in terms of infrastructure and technology, drives the growth of the LAMEA in-flight catering service market. However, weak economies in Africa hamper the spending of consumers, which in turn restrains the market growth.

Key Findings of the In-Flight Catering Service Market:

North America is expected to lead the global in-flight catering service market, growing at the highest CAGR of 3.78%, in terms of revenue, from 2018 to 2026.
Based on aircraft class, the economy class segment occupied around 51% of in-flight catering service market share of the total market in 2018.
By flight type, the full service segment occupied a major share of the global market in 2018, in terms of revenue.
U.S. is the largest country, in terms of revenue generation, in the global in-flight catering service market, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.49% from 2018 to 2026.
Based on food type, the meals segment occupied around 45% the market share of the total market in 2018.

The major players in the industry have adopted strategies such as acquisition, partnership & agreement, merger, and geographical expansion to expand their market share and increase profitability. The key players operating in the in-flight catering service industry include Gategroup, Newrest Group International S.A.S, LSG Sky Chefs, Do & Co, Emirates Flight Catering, SATS Limited, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Flying food Group LLC, Saudi Airlines Catering Company, and Royal In-Flight Catering.
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The analyst offers exhaustive research and analysis based on a wide variety of factual inputs, which largely include interviews with industry participants, reliable statistics, and regional intelligence. The in-house industry experts play an instrumental role in designing analytic tools and models, tailored to the requirements of a particular industry segment. The primary research efforts include reaching out participants through mail, tele-conversations, referrals, professional networks, and face-to-face interactions.

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