World In-Flight Catering Services Industry

  • January 2015
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  • Global Industry Analysts
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  • 216 pages

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for In-Flight Catering Services in US$ Million. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 59 companies including many key and niche players such as -

AAS Catering Co., Limited
ANA Catering Service Co.,
DO & CO Restaurants & Catering AG
Flying Food Group, LLC
Gate Gourmet Switzerland GmbH

Table Of Contents




I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY and PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1
Disclaimers I-2
Data Interpretation and Reporting Level I-2
Quantitative Techniques and Analytics I-3
Product Definitions and Scope of Study I-3


II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW II-1
The Changing Face of In-Flight Catering Services II-1
In-Flight Meal: Close to the Passengers’ Heart II-2
In-Flight Catering: One of the Most Dynamic Segments in the
Catering Industry II-2
In-Flight Meal Experience Plays a Major Role in Airline Branding II-3
Matching Consumer Expectations: Difficult but Essential II-3
Airlines to Strike Balance between Catering Costs and Brand
Image II-4
Regional Impact of Cost Cutting Initiatives II-5
Market Fortunes Intrinsically Tied to the Aviation Sector II-5
Table 1: Global Fleet of Aircrafts (in Units) for Years 2011,
2013E and 2015P (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-6

Table 2: Global Air Traffic Flow (In Billion Revenue
Passenger Kilometers (RPKs)) for Years 2011, 2013E, 2015P and
2030P (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-6
Ground Handling Services: The Backbone of In-Flight Catering II-6
Recession in Retrospect and the Road Ahead II-6
Competitive Landscape II-8
Table 3: Leading Players in the Global In-Flight Catering
Services Market (2013): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales
for Alpha Flight Group, Gate Gourmet, LSG SkyChefs, SATS,
Servair, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-8
Popular In-flight Caterers Worldwide: Awards/Recognitions in
2013 II-9
Consolidated Nature of the Airport Catering Services Market II-9

2. MARKET TRENDS, ISSUES and DRIVERS II-10
Increasing Passenger Air Traffic Worldwide: A Strong Growth
Driver II-10
Table 4: Estimated Additional Air Travel Passenger Volume
(Millions) for China, Asia-Pacific and Globally in 2016
vis-a-vis 2011 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-11

Table 5: Growth in Terms of Revenue Passenger Kilometers
(RPK) and Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) by Region: 2014
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-12

Table 6: Global Passenger Air Traffic Revenues (in $
Billion): 2006-2014E (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-12

Table 7: Number of International and Domestic Airlines
Passengers (2009-2014) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-13

Table 8: Annual Growth in Global Air Traffic Passenger Demand
(2005- 2013) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-13

Table 9: Projected Annual Growth in Global Passenger
Air-Traffic (Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK)) by
Geographic Region: 2014-2033 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-14

Table 10: World Air Travel Routes Ranked by Annual Growth
Rates: 2010-2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-15
In-Flight Catering Service Enhancements: Spearheading Growth II-16
Environmentally Sustainable Food Solutions II-16
Food Trucks II-16
Onboard Picnic Services II-17
Deep Frozen Meals II-17
Prepackaged Meals II-18
Supplementing Free Meals II-18
Hybrid Model in Airline Catering: The Next Big Thing II-18
Health-Related and Culturally Diverse Food Preferences Spur
Growth in Special Meals II-18
Rising Airline-Hotel Collaborations Benefit Market Growth II-20
Select Airlines Extend Premium-Quality Foods to Non-First
Class Passengers II-21
Advent of Online and Mobile Ordering Systems: Latest Fad in
In-Flight Catering II-21
Buy-On-Board Programs Face Competition from Airports Dining
Lounge II-22
Select Airlines Focus on Lean Operations, Shed Catering Units II-22
Airline Catering Business Lures Private Equity with Steady
Cash Flows II-22
Low Cost Airlines Initiate the Shift towards Paid Food II-23
Other Environmental Factors Add Fuel to the Trend II-23
Local Touch to Buy-On-Board Catering II-23
Business Class Not Immune to Cost Battles II-24
Outsourcing Gains Traction across the Industry Value Chain II-24
Developing Countries Continue to Offer Significant Growth
Opportunities II-24
Table 11: Global Air Travel Passengers Carried (Millions) by
Leading Countries: 2010-2013 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-25
Strong Economic and Demographic Fundamentals Powers Market Growth II-25
Table 12: GDP Growth for Key Developed and Developing
Countries: 2003-2013 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-26
Table 13: Global Middle Class Population by Geographic
Region (2012-2018): Breakdown of Population in Millions of
Individuals for Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and Rest
of World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-27
Industry Adopts Novel Concepts in Production, Material and
Process Management II-27
Regulatory Forces Keep Close Watch II-27
Key Challenges Facing the Flight Catering Services Market II-28
Logistics and Food Pricing II-28
Shortening Supply Chain in In-Flight Catering Industry II-28
Security Management II-28
Food Safety II-29
Lack of Hygiene and Safety II-29

3. SERVICE OVERVIEW II-30
Definition II-30
Historical Background II-30
Key Stakeholders II-30
Airline Companies II-30
In-Flight Caterers II-31
Suppliers II-31
Distributors II-31
Airline Passengers II-31
Architecture of In-Flight Catering System II-31

4. PRODUCT/SERVICE LAUNCHES II-32
Turkish Airlines Launches a New Catering Concept II-32
Heathrow Airport Introduces Onboard Picnic Service II-32

5. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY II-33
Dnata Shows Interest in Acquiring LSG Sky Chefs II-33
EAN Unveils New Name and Branding II-33
LSG Sky Chefs Explores Opportunities in South Korea II-33
LSG Sky Chefs to Launch Operations at JKIA II-33
TajSATS Extends Partnership with Air India II-33
LSG Sky Chefs Launches a New Joint Venture Facility in China II-33
LSG Sky Chefs Signs Joint Venture Agreement in Wenzhou, China II-34
LSG Sky Chefs Extends Contract with Jetblue II-34
LSG Sky Chefs Unveils its New Panama Facility II-34
LSG Sky Chefs Extends Contract with Delta Airlines II-34
NIIT Technologies Enters Partnership with Qatar Airways II-34
Inflight Service and GuestLogix Strengthen Partnership II-34
ANA Holdings Partners with Brahim’s II-34
Brahim's Holdings Acquires Remaining Stake in Brahim's-LSG Sky
Chefs Holdings II-35
Flying Food Group Adds Kitchen Space for Japanese Cuisine II-35
Royal Air Maroc and Servair Enter into Strategic Partnership II-35
South African Catering Group formed by Newrest, dnata and
Partners II-35
Virgin Atlantic Partners with Sustainable Restaurant Association II-35
LSG Sky Chefs Acquires Full Ownership of Oakfield Farms Solutions II-35
LSG Sky Chefs Acquires Gate Gourmet Brussels II-36
Dnata Takes Full Ownership of Servair Airchef II-36
New Acquisitions Enable Etihad Airways to Consolidate Operations II-36
LSG Sky Chefs and Virgin America Extend Catering Agreement II-36
LSG Sky Chefs Enters the Kazakhstan Market II-36
Alpha LSG Selects Getronics as its IT Partner II-36
Simit Sarayi and LSG Sky Chefs Enter Into a Joint Venture II-36
Gate Gourmet Expands Services in New Zealand II-37
Global Trade Investment Forms Alliance with Servair II-37
Gate Gourmet to Acquire Dutch In-flight Catering Business of
Alpha Flight Group II-37
Gategroup Takes Over Remaining Stake in Sky Gourmet Catering II-37
Air New Zealand and LSG Sky Chefs Sign Agreement II-37
Gate Gourmet Takes Over Two Qantas Catering Group Kitchens II-37
Gategroup and Virgin Atlantic Airways Enter into Agreement II-37
SATS and Singapore Airlines Renew Contracts II-38
Gategroup and airberlin Renew Catering Contract II-38
Journey Group Secures Contract from JetBlue Airways II-38
Gategroup Holding and American Airlines Enter into Agreement II-38
LSG Sky Chefs Signs Agreement with Alaska Airlines II-38
LSG Sky Chefs Secures New Catering Contract from US Airways II-38
Gate Group Enter Into JV Agreement with Travel Food Services II-38
Malaysian Airlines and LSGB Re-negotiate Catering Contract II-39
Brahim's Holdings to Expand Business Operations II-39
LSG Sky Chefs Group Inks Partnership Agreement with Finnair II-39
LSG Sky Chefs Europe and Alpha Flight Group Ink JV Agreement II-39
Thomson Airways and LSG Sky Chefs Sign New Catering Contract II-39
XL Airways France and Newrest Group International Enter into
Partnership II-39
Newrest Uganda Inflight Services Establishes Inflight Catering
Unit in Uganda II-40
Entebbe International Airport Establishes In-Flight Restaurant II-40
Japan Airlines Collaborates with Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan II-40
Etihad Airways Enters into Partnership with Abu Dhabi Organic
Farms II-40
LSG Sky Chef Commences Operations at JV Facility II-40
LSG Sky Chef Establishes New facility in Luanda II-40
Virgin Australia Announces Major Enhancement in Services II-41
Gategroup Renews Catering Contracts with United Airlines II-41
Gategroup and Virgin Atlantic Sign Catering Agreement II-41
Servair Unveils Modernized Sky Chef Servair in Seychelles II-41

6. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS II-42
AAS Catering Co., Limited (Japan) II-42
ANA Catering Service Co., Limited (Japan) II-42
DO and CO Restaurants and Catering AG (Austria) II-42
Flying Food Group, LLC (US) II-42
Gate Gourmet Switzerland GmbH (Switzerland) II-43
Goddard Catering Group (US) II-43
Journey Group plc (UK) II-44
Air Fayre CA Inc. (USA) II-44
Kansai In-flight Catering Co., Limited (Japan) II-44
LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG (Germany) II-45
LSG Sky Chefs (Germany) II-45
Newrest Group International S.A.S (France) II-45
SATS Limited (Singapore) II-46
TajSATS Air Catering Limited (India) II-46
Servair SA (France) II-46
The Emirates Group (UAE) II-47
dnata (UAE) II-47
Alpha Flight Group Limited (UK) II-47
Emirates Flight Catering Co., LLC (UAE) II-48

7. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE II-49
Table 14: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
In-Flight Catering Services by Geographic Region - US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East,
Africa and Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with
Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-49

Table 15: World Historic Review for In-Flight Catering
Services by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe,
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, Africa and Latin
American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-50

Table 16: World 15-Year Perspective for In-Flight Catering
Services by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of
Revenues for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Middle East, Africa and Latin American
Markets for Years 2006, 2014, and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-51


III. MARKET

1. THE UNITED STATES III-1
A.Market Analysis III-1
Current and Future Analysis III-1
Recession and the Aftermath III-1
Passenger Count - An Indication of In-Flight Catering Dynamics III-1
Table 17: Air Traffic in the US in Terms of Passenger-Miles
in Millions: 2007 to 2012 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-2

Table 18: Total Number of Air Traffic Passengers (in
Millions) Travelling to or from the United States: 2004 to
2013 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-2
North American Airlines Adopt New Approach towards In-Flight
Food III-3
Lean Manufacturing Leads the Way III-3
In-Fight Catering- Localized and Personalized III-3
Airlines Team up with Advertisers to Offer Branded Products III-4
DIY Catering: To the Rescue in Remote Locations III-4
Increasing Lack of Adequate Safety Precautions in Airline III-4
Strategic Corporate Developments III-4
Flying Food Group, Llc - A Key Player III-6
B.Market Analytics III-7
Table 19: US Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
In-Flight Catering Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-7

Table 20: US Historic Review for In-Flight Catering Services
Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for
Years 2006 through 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-8

2. CANADA III-9
A.Market Analysis III-9
Current and Future Analysis III-9
Strategic Corporate Development III-9
B.Market Analytics III-10
Table 21: Canadian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for In-Flight Catering Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-10

Table 22: Canadian Historic Review for In-Flight Catering
Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million
for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-11

3. JAPAN III-12
A.Market Analysis III-12
Current and Future Analysis III-12
Strategic Corporate Developments III-12
B.Market Analytics III-13
Table 23: Japanese Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for In-Flight Catering Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-13

Table 24: Japanese Historic Review for In-Flight Catering
Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million
for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-14

4. EUROPE III-15
A.Market Analysis III-15
Current and Future Analysis III-15
Impact of Reorganized EU VAT System on In-Flight Catering
Services in Europe III-15
European Airlines’ Buy-On-Board Services III-15
In-Flight Caterers Adopt Novel Marketing Methods III-16
The United Kingdom III-16
UK In-Flight Catering Market Aligns with Global Trends III-16
Russia III-16
In-Flight Catering Market Overview III-16
Changes Abound in Airline Catering Industry III-17
Rising Consumer Preferences Incites Changes to Services III-17
In-Flight Catering Industry Faces Food Safety Challenges III-17
Product/Service Launches III-18
Strategic Corporate Developments III-18
Select Key Players III-20
B.Market Analytics III-25
Table 25: European Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for In-Flight Catering Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-25

Table 26: European Historic Review for In-Flight Catering
Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million
for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-26

5. ASIA-PACIFIC III-27
Market Analysis III-27
Table 27: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for In-Flight Catering Services by Geographic
Region - China and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$
Million for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-27

Table 28: Asia-Pacific Historic Review for In-Flight
Catering Services by Geographic Region - China and Rest of
Asia-Pacific Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2006 through 2012
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-28

Table 29: Asia-Pacific 15-Year Perspective for In-Flight
Catering Services by Geographic Region - Percentage
Breakdown of Revenues for China and Rest of Asia-Pacific
Markets for Years 2006, 2014, and 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-29

5a. CHINA III-30
A.Market Analysis III-30
Current and Future Analysis III-30
High Air Passenger Turnover Expected to Fuel In-Flight
Catering in China III-30
Strategic Corporate Developments III-30
B.Market Analytics III-31
Table 30: Chinese Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for In-Flight Catering Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-31

Table 31: Chinese Historic Review for In-Flight Catering
Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million
for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-32

5b. REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC III-33
A.Market Analysis III-33
Current and Future Analysis III-33
India III-33
Market Scenario III-33
Low Cost Carriers Offering Considerable Growth
Opportunities to In-Flight Caterers III-33
Challenges Faced by In-Flight Caterers in India III-34
Branded Foods Find Favor with Airlines III-34
National Carrier Bows Down to Pressure III-35
Rise of Halal Tourism in India III-35
Creative Streak of India’s Low-Cost Carriers in Buy-On-
Board Food Packaging III-35
IndiGo III-35
JetKonnect III-36
Chartered Airlines - The Sunrise Sector III-36
Flight Caterers Mull over Diversification into Retail
Business to Remain Afloat III-36
Competitive Scenario III-37
Table 32: Leading Players in Indian In-Flight Catering
Services Industry (2013E): Percentage Breakdown of
Revenues by Company - Ambassador Sky Chef, LSG SkyChefs,
Oberoi Flight Services, Sky Gourmet, and TajSATS Air
Catering (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37
Sri Lanka III-37
In-flight Catering Witnesses Resurgence III-37
Strategic Corporate Developments III-38
Select Key Players III-40
B.Market Analytics III-42
Table 33: Rest of Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and
Future Analysis for In-Flight Catering Services Analyzed
with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013
through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42

Table 34: Rest of Asia-Pacific Historic Review for In-Flight
Catering Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in
US$ Million for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-43

6. THE MIDDLE EAST III-44
A.Market Analysis III-44
Current and Future Analysis III-44
The Middle Eastern In-Flight Catering Market to Surge III-44
The Middle East Carriers Ahead in On-board Catering Services III-44
Back Catering - An Emerging Trend in the Market III-44
Rising Passenger Traffic to Drive Saudi Airline Catering Market III-45
SACC Dominates Airline Catering Service Market in Saudi Arabia III-45
Strategic Corporate Developments III-45
Select Key Players III-46
B.Market Analytics III-48
Table 35: Middle East Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for In-Flight Catering Services Analyzed with
Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-48

Table 36: Middle East Historic Review for In-Flight Catering
Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million
for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-49

7. AFRICA III-50
A.Market Analysis III-50
Current and Future Analysis III-50
Uganda Welcomes New In-flight Catering Service Provider III-50
Strategic Corporate Developments III-50
Newrest UISL (Uganda) - A Key Player III-52
B.Market Analytics III-53
Table 37: African Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for In-Flight Catering Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-53

Table 38: African Historic Review for In-Flight Catering
Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million
for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-54

8. LATIN AMERICA III-55
A.Market Analysis III-55
Current and Future Analysis III-55
B.Market Analytics III-55
Table 39: Latin American Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for In-Flight Catering Services Analyzed with
Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-55

Table 40: Latin American Historic Review for In-Flight
Catering Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in
US$ Million for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-56


IV. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Total Companies Profiled: 59 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries - 73)

The United States (14)
Canada (1)
Europe (23)
- France (2)
- Germany (3)
- The United Kingdom (6)
- Italy (1)
- Rest of Europe (11)
Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (21)
Latin America (1)
Africa (6)
Middle East (7)

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