Market Overview:

The In-flight Catering Service Market is anticipated to reach USD 31.6 Billion by 2030 at 9.3% CAGR during the forecast period 2022-2030. In Flight catering services would witness impressive levels of growth in the market, as carriers will improve quality of food served on the planes. The increase in the quality of food and services provided would be directly driven by passenger demand to have healthier and better quality food in their flights the catering service providers are now getting involved in providing sophisticated snacks, which resemble more of a mini-meal, instead of only providing light snacks like that of nuts, pretzels etc.

Travelers are now like to have organic food, due to this airline has started obtaining its food and beverage items from local farms, bakeries and other nearby businesses, and prepares meals on each flight's day of departure. Air Canada has also devised a NutriCuisine menu, which was developed through a partnership with the healthy eating program-Food with a Conscience. The program, initiated in 2009, adheres to low-sodium, additive and preservative-free standards, among other guidelines. Virgin America provides a thorough detail in their calorie counts and nutrition information on their in-flight menus.

Major Income of the aircraft catering services comes from full service carriers and their slowing growth rates in comparison to the low cost carriers would limit the growth in the In-Flight Catering Services Market Size. Commercial Aviation is a highly competitive business and carriers have to continuously stay ahead of the game in order to retain market share. The expectations of passengers flying in full fare airlines rising and carriers will continue to invest higher amounts in the sector.

Competitive Analysis:

In case of supplying small-medium size airports, the market is fairly fragment with presence of regional players. Demand for food with high quality and safety were the main reasons for airlines to prefer produce from the major manufacturers than the regional players. Further, these big players have increased their R&D spending exponentially to integrate the innovation with culinary e

Companies, such as IGS and JETFINITY, are trying to expand their presence beyond corporate catering, in to the global aviation catering market, by working on integrated food solutions for premium culinary experience. These companies are also providing a fast-track 2-hour order service for last-minute charter customers. IGS Catering is now offering VIP catering service to VIP guests. Major companies like dnata, Gate Gourmet, SATS are now providing tailor made catering services to low-cost carriers as well. Significant numbers of small/medium scale players are now emerging from Asia Pacific countries. Offering premium quality products at comparative prices could drive the market share of these companies in the global inflight catering services market by 2023.

Industry/ Innovation/ Related News:

March 2018:

Since March 25th, Newrest Spain Company have been offering the services for SAS new operation, which consists in basing aircraft from Malaga.

January 2018:

India’s leading airline catering company, TajSATS announced its exclusive inflight catering partnership with Singapore Airlines for the new Airbus A380 operations.

November 2016:

Emily’s In-flight Food Services Ltd. was acquired by On Air Dining Ltd, company. It is a UK based catering company provides services for business and private aviation sector.

January 2016

Hainan Airlines named Flying Food Servair ORD was nominated as ‘Outstanding Catering Company of 2015.

Key Players:

The leading market players in the global In-flight Catering Service Market Overview primarily include SATS, Servair, Emirates Flight Catering, dnata, Air Culinaire Worldwide, LLC., Compass Group Rus, Do & Co, Egypt Air In Flight Services, Gate Gourmet, and Goddard Catering.


For the convenience of the report and enhanced understanding; the In-Flight Catering Service market is segmented in to four key dynamics:

Segmentation by Aircraft Class: First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class.

Segmentation by Flight Type: Full Service and Low Cost.

Segmentation by Catering Type: Bakery & Confectionary, Meals, Beverages, and Others.

Segmentation by Regions: Comprises Geographical regions – North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.

Regional Analysis:

In Flight Catering was historically not a big industry within the business jet market, but with increased expectations from the business jet passengers and rising concerns related to safety of food, In-Flight catering service segment will increasingly participate in the market.

North American commercial aviation market would remain to be the biggest and most profitable market in the in-flight catering services in the world. North America market is moving towards saturation in the forecasted period, due to this its growth rate would be quite lower than the regions like that of Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa. The Middle East and Africa in-flight catering market will be one of the fastest growing regions amongst all the regions of the world. The Middle East Aviation market is comparatively developing than the African market where the air connectivity is relatively poor as a whole. Most of the income in the aircraft catering services comes from full service carriers and their relatively slow growth rates in the European and Asian market, in comparison to the low cost carriers would restrict the growth of the aircraft catering services market.

Asia Pacific region due to high growth in orders from the region, is the fastest growing region for this sector and will continue to be the fastest growing till the forecasted period. United States and China will continue to anchor the market by showing strong rates of growths.

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