Growing demands for enhanced inflight experience from passengers to provide growth opportunities for in-flight catering service market during 2018–2025.
According to our latest market study on “In-flight Catering Service Market Forecast to 2025 – Global Analysis – by Catering Service, Catering Types, Aircraft Class, and Flight Type,” the market is expected to grow from 17.96 billion in 2017 to US$ 29.0 billion by 2025; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% from 2018 to 2025.
Demands for business, reuniting with family, tourism, and vacationing have propelled a sudden growth in inflight catering services across the globe. Passengers demand choice, quality, consistency, and higher quality food to find the best in-flight experiences. Many airlines such as Alaska Airlines are focusing on safely adding food and beverage services to their in-flight meal service. Many US airlines are introducing in-flight hot meals for intercontinental and international flights. United Airlines introduced the option to pre-purchase in-flight meals in September 2021. American Airlines has upgraded its in-flight meal service depending on flight length. Delta Air Lines has added meals with fresh ingredients local to flight origin. Such efforts and initiatives provided by the market players is anticipated to boost the global in-flight catering service market growth significantly.
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The European airlines represent the largest regional market for inflight catering services across the globe. Various startups are entering the catering services industry, which is anticipated to improve the in-flight catering service market outlook leading to its growth. For instance, gategroup, a leading global airline catering and equipment solutions provider, worked with Tasting HEIMAT to help Lufthansa bring traditional German cuisine to its inflight offerings. Many airlines focus on creative marketing strategies for their in-flight meals to retain potential customers. In 2020, Finnair, the largest airline of Finland, offered passengers to take its airline food home to help retain customer’s enthusiasm for flying. Furthermore, Austrian Airlines and SWISS also sell leftover airline food to passengers at a reduced price. This is anticipated to boost the regional in-flight catering service market share. In Asia Pacific, China, Japan, India, and South Korea are important markets with a growing middle-class with increased disposable income and changing standard of living. Growing demands for inflight catering services have enabled Japan Airlines to recognize the need for better in-flight food and hire an expert chef to improve their offerings. Continued investment in India and other South East Asian nations to differentiate themselves from the competition is anticipated to enhance the regional in-flight catering service market outlook.
Sky Chefs was founded by American Airlines and merged with Lufthansa’s LSG division to expand its business as the world’s largest airline caterer. Growing partnerships, collaborations, and acquisitions is encouraging firms to provide support services to the aviation industry. Airlines are collaborating with local producers for their inflight meals. Growing awareness about the local products with all the information on the package is anticipated to boost the in-flight catering service market growth at a rapid pace. The use of robots to produce meals for its economy class by the KLM Catering Services and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ catering services provider is also anticipated to increase the in-flight catering service market share across the globe.
Based on catering service, the in-flight catering service market is characterized into in-house and outsourced. The outsourced segment was valued at a significant share in 2017. Similarly, based on catering types, the in-flight catering service market is segmented into full meal and snacks. The full meal segment held a significant share in the in-flight catering service market in 2017. Based on aircraft class, the in-flight catering service market is segmented into first class, business class, premium economy, and economy. The first class segment held a significant share in the in-flight catering service market in 2017. Based on flight type, the in-flight catering service market is characterized into full service carrier and low cost carrier. The low cost carrier segment was valued at a significant share in 2017.
ANA Catering Service Co. Ltd.; Deutsche Lufthansa AG; DO & CO Aktiengesellschaft; Egyptair In-flight Services; Emirates Flight Catering; Flying Food Group LLC; Gategroup; Newrest Group; SATS Ltd.; and Saudi Airlines Catering are a few major companies operating in the in-flight catering service market.
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