Inflight Catering Market

Inflight Catering Market

Inflight Catering Market Forecasts to 2028 – Global Analysis By Food Type (Meals, Beverages), Flight Duration (Short Haul, Long Haul), Catering Type, and By Geography

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Published: 2022 ID: SMRC21395

This report covers the impact of COVID-19 on this global market

Years Covered


Estimated Year Value (2021)

US $10,989.11 MN

Projected Year Value (2028)

US $26,664.50 MN

CAGR (2021 - 2028)


Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa

Countries Covered

US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and South Africa

Largest Market

North America

Highest Growing Market

Asia Pacific

According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Inflight Catering Market is accounted for $10,989.11 million in 2021 and is expected to reach $26,664.50 million by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 13.5% during the forecast period. Inflight food is the food served to passengers on board a commercial airliner. Specialist airline catering services prepare these meals and usually serve them to passengers using an airline service trolley.

Market Dynamics:


Rise in offering customized and organic meals to the travelers in flight

Meals are normally ready on the ground in catering offices near the air terminal and are then shipped to the airplane and put in fridges for airline stewards to warm and serve ready. The food providers are more similar to the agents that help carriers mass-produce many dinners daily. The aircraft's catering group is generally answerable for the menu plan, offering quality food to the travelers.


High cost

An increase in the cost of the in-flight food services makes it difficult for the in-flight catering market to work properly. The in-flight catering market is characterized by high research & development and installation cost. Hence this high cost is also hampering the effective market growth to a great extent in the forecasted period.


Advancements in the technologies

The major opportunity in this in-flight catering market is the advancement in the technologies of the food and beverages industries like the travelers could quickly order their food through online mode. To enhance the in-flight experience through the in-flight catering service, the prominent players are adopting digitally enabled services like the use of smartphones for food & beverage orders. Few airlines operating globally also allow passengers to place orders via in-flight entertainment systems.


Food wastage

Transportation of food and low period of transported foods are increasing the food wastage in this industry. A portion of these food wastage elements likely set challenges in developing the in-flight catering market. It is important to tackle these market challenges effectively to enhance the growth of the particular market.

The economy class segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The economy class segment is estimated to have lucrative growth owing to the rising number of passengers traveling through the economy class. In economic class, the focus is more on affordable meals and shelf-stable food for purchase on both long-haul and short-haul flights.

The full-service carriers segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The full-service carriers segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR growth during the forecast period due to in-flight entertainment, meals, baggage, blanket, and pillow all-inclusive in the ticket price. Full-service carrier offers passengers the options of economy class or business class travel and on some flights, premium economy and first-class; thus, contributing toward the market growth.

Region with highest share:

North America is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period due to the presence of major in-flight entertainment & connectivity manufacturers, and the rise in the number of passengers traveling for business and tourism in the region.

Region with highest CAGR:

Asia Pacific is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period owing to population growth, economic growth, and the present level of efficient in-flight catering service technology helping increase profitability.

Key players in the market

Some of the key players profiled in the Inflight Catering Market include Universal Weather and Aviation Inc., The Emirates Group, Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines), DO & CO Aktiengesellschaf, Newrest Group Services SAS, LSG Sky Chefs, KLM Catering Services, Journey Group Plc., IGS Ground Services, HNA Group Co. Ltd., Gategroup, Flying Food Group, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Cathay Pacific Catering Services Ltd, and SATS Ltd. 

Key Developments:

In July 2020, Gategroup partnered with LATAM Airlines to provide inflight catering services for an additional five years. Gategroup will serve LATAM Airlines at 16 locations, which include two new strategic domestic locations: Bogotá, Colombia, and Santiago, Chile.

In June 2021, Thales launched AVANT UP. An in-flight entertainment system that offers features such as 4K HDR displays, in-seat power, and open operating system. The launch of the product enabled the company to strengthen its position in the global IFEC market.

Flight Types Covered:
• Low-Cost Carriers
• Full-Service Carriers
• Hybrid
Food Types Covered:
• Bakery & Confectionery (Dessert)
• Meals
• Beverages
Types Covered:
• In-House
• Outsource
• Hotels & Small Caterers
Aircraft Seating Classes Covered:
• First-Class
• Economy Class
• Business Class
Flight Durations Covered:
• Short Haul
• Long Haul
Catering Types Covered:
• Classic Catering
• Retail on Board
Provider Types Covered:
• In-Flight Complete Solution Provider
• In-Flight Culinary & On-Board Supplies Provider
• In-Flight Culinary Only Provider
Regions Covered:

• North America
o US
o Canada
o Mexico
• Europe
o Germany
o UK
o Italy
o France
o Spain
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o Japan       
o China       
o India       
o Australia 
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific   
• South America
o Argentina
o Brazil
o Chile
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Qatar
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa

What our report offers:
- Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segments
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- Covers Market data for the years 2020, 2021, 2022, 2025, and 2028
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements

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Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary            
2 Preface            
 2.1 Abstract            
 2.2 Stake Holders           
 2.3 Research Scope           
 2.4 Research Methodology          
  2.4.1 Data Mining          
  2.4.2 Data Analysis          
  2.4.3 Data Validation          
  2.4.4 Research Approach          
 2.5 Research Sources           
  2.5.1 Primary Research Sources         
  2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources         
  2.5.3 Assumptions          
3 Market Trend Analysis           
 3.1 Introduction           
 3.2 Drivers            
 3.3 Restraints           
 3.4 Opportunities            
 3.5 Threats            
 3.6 Emerging Markets           
 3.7 Impact of Covid-19           
4 Porters Five Force Analysis           
 4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers          
 4.2 Bargaining power of buyers          
 4.3 Threat of substitutes          
 4.4 Threat of new entrants          
 4.5 Competitive rivalry           
5 Global Inflight Catering Market, By Flight Type         
 5.1 Introduction           
 5.2 Low-Cost Carriers           
 5.3 Full-Service Carriers          
 5.4 Hybrid            
6 Global Inflight Catering Market, By Food Type         
 6.1 Introduction           
 6.2 Bakery & Confectionery (Dessert)         
 6.3 Meals            
  6.3.1 Main Course          
  6.3.2 Breakfast           
  6.3.3 Starters & Platters          
 6.4 Beverages           
7 Global Inflight Catering Market, By Type          
 7.1 Introduction           
 7.2 In-House            
 7.3 Outsource            
 7.4 Hotels & Small Caterers          
8 Global Inflight Catering Market, By Aircraft Seating Class        
 8.1 Introduction           
 8.2 First-Class           
 8.3 Economy Class           
 8.4 Business Class           
9 Global Inflight Catering Market, By Flight Duration         
 9.1 Introduction           
 9.2 Short Haul           
 9.3 Long Haul           
10 Global Inflight Catering Market, By Catering Type         
 10.1 Introduction           
 10.2 Classic Catering           
 10.3 Retail on Board           
11 Global Inflight Catering Market, By Provider Type         
 11.1 Introduction           
 11.2 In-Flight Complete Solution Provider         
 11.3 In-Flight Culinary & On-Board Supplies Provider        
 11.4 In-Flight Culinary Only Provider         
12 Global Inflight Catering Market, By Geography         

 12.1 Introduction           
 12.2 North America           
  12.2.1 US            
  12.2.2 Canada           
  12.2.3 Mexico           
 12.3 Europe            
  12.3.1 Germany           
  12.3.2 UK           
  12.3.3 Italy           
  12.3.4 France           
  12.3.5 Spain           
  12.3.6 Rest of Europe           
 12.4 Asia Pacific           
  12.4.1 Japan           
  12.4.2 China           
  12.4.3 India           
  12.4.4 Australia           
  12.4.5 New Zealand          
  12.4.6 South Korea          
  12.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific          
 12.5 South America           
  12.5.1 Argentina          
  12.5.2 Brazil           
  12.5.3 Chile           
  12.5.4 Rest of South America         
 12.6 Middle East & Africa          
  12.6.1 Saudi Arabia          
  12.6.2 UAE           
  12.6.3 Qatar           
  12.6.4 South Africa          
  12.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa         
13 Key Developments            
 13.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures       
 13.2 Acquisitions & Mergers          
 13.3 New Product Launch          
 13.4 Expansions           
 13.5 Other Key Strategies          
14 Company Profiling            
 14.1 Universal Weather and Aviation Inc.         
 14.2 The Emirates Group           
 14.3 Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines)         
 14.4 DO & CO Aktiengesellschaf          
 14.5 Newrest Group Services SAS          
 14.6 LSG Sky Chefs           
 14.7 KLM Catering Services          
 14.8 Journey Group Plc.           
 14.9 IGS Ground Services           
 14.10 HNA Group Co. Ltd.           
 14.11 Gategroup           
 14.12 Flying Food Group           
 14.13 Deutsche Lufthansa AG          
 14.14 Cathay Pacific Catering Services Ltd         
 14.15 SATS Ltd            

List of Tables             
1 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Region (2020-2028) ($MN)       
2 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Flight Type (2020-2028) ($MN)      
3 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Low-Cost Carriers (2020-2028) ($MN)      
4 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Full-Service Carriers (2020-2028) ($MN)     
5 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Hybrid (2020-2028) ($MN)       
6 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Food Type (2020-2028) ($MN)      
7 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Bakery & Confectionery (Dessert) (2020-2028) ($MN)    
8 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Meals (2020-2028) ($MN)       
9 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Main Course (2020-2028) ($MN)      
10 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Breakfast  (2020-2028) ($MN)      
11 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Starters & Platters (2020-2028) ($MN)      
12 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Beverages (2020-2028) ($MN)      
13 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Type (2020-2028) ($MN)       
14 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By In-House (2020-2028) ($MN)       
15 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Outsource (2020-2028) ($MN)      
16 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Hotels & Small Caterers (2020-2028) ($MN)     
17 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Aircraft Seating Class (2020-2028) ($MN)     
18 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By First-Class (2020-2028) ($MN)      
19 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Economy Class (2020-2028) ($MN)      
20 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Business Class (2020-2028) ($MN)      
21 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Flight Duration (2020-2028) ($MN)      
22 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Short Haul (2020-2028) ($MN)      
23 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Long Haul (2020-2028) ($MN)      
24 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Catering Type (2020-2028) ($MN)      
25 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Classic Catering (2020-2028) ($MN)      
26 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Retail on Board (2020-2028) ($MN)      
27 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By Provider Type (2020-2028) ($MN)      
28 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By In-Flight Complete Solution Provider (2020-2028) ($MN)    
29 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By In-Flight Culinary & On-Board Supplies Provider (2020-2028) ($MN)   
30 Global Inflight Catering Market Outlook, By In-Flight Culinary Only Provider (2020-2028) ($MN)    
Note: Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.

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