Asia-Pacific and Middle-East Inflight Catering Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Asia-Pacific and Middle-East Inflight Catering Market is segmented by Food Type (Meals, Bakery and Confectionary, Beverages, Other Food Types), Flight Type (Full-service Carriers, Low-cost Carriers, Hybrid and Other Flight Types), Aircraft Seating Class (Economy Class, Business Class, First Class), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

asia-pacific and middle east inflight catering market overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >7.5 %

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Market Overview

The Asia-Pacific and Middle-East Inflight Catering Market is projected to grow with a CAGR of more than 7.5% during the forecast period.

  • The growth in demand for air travel in the Asia-Pacific as well as the Middle-East has led to increased emphasis on additional amenities like food onboard, a key factor of differentiation for the airlines. Due to this, the airlines in the region are increasing their investments in inflight catering.
  • Introduction of new menus, as well as the introduction of new dining concepts like an onboard chef in Business class and First class of airlines to enhance the passenger experience, is anticipated to accelerate the growth of the market.
  • The market is consolidated with few players dominating the majority of the share in the market. However, the partnership of airlines with local restaurants to provide exquisite taste to its passengers is making new players enter the market easily.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the revenues of the airlines, due to which the airlines might reconsider investing in inflight catering for short-haul routes as they incur additional costs for the airlines.

Scope of the Report

Inflight food is the food served to passengers onboard a commercial airliner. Specialist airline catering services prepare these meals and usually serve to passengers using an airline service trolley. Premium economy class has been covered under the economy class segment. Additionally, the market studied covers, different aircraft classes, like economy class, business class, and first-class. The market studied is also segmented based on different flight types, like full-service carriers, low-cost carriers, and hybrid and other flight types.

Food Type
Meals
Bakery and Confectionary
Beverages
Other Food Types
Flight Type
Full-service Carriers
Low-cost Carriers
Hybrid and Other Flight Types
Aircraft Seating Class
Economy Class
Business Class
First Class
Geography
Asia-Pacific
China
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Japan
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
India
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Australia
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
New Zealand
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Indonesia
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Thailand
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Malaysia
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Middle-East
United Arab Emirates
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Saudi Arabia
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Qatar
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Israel
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Egypt
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Oman
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)
Rest of Middle-East
Aircraft Seating Class (Value)
Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)
Food Type (Value)

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Key Market Trends

Full-service Carriers Held the Highest Market Share in 2019

Currently, full-service carriers are dominating the inflight catering market, and though their market growth rate is lower than that of low-cost carriers, they are expected to continue dominating the market. On account of the rising competition and the lower operating costs, due to the reduction in oil prices, full-service airlines have been rapidly upgrading their inflight catering, along with aircraft interior and services. This has freed up a lot of liquidity with the carriers. There are many FSCs in the MiddleEast and Asia-Pacific regions that are known for providing the best passenger amenities. They are Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, ANA All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Hainan Airlines, Qantas Airways, and Thai Airways, among others. Few airlines have started providing customized menus and onboard chefs to better serve the business and first-class passengers. In addition, many airlines are preferably choosing local caterers in Asia-Pacific to provide passengers with local cuisines to enhance their brand value. The growing full-service carrier routes and new partnerships of the airlines with local restaurants in these regions are the major factors that are likely to support the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

asia-pacific and middle-east inflight catering market segment

Asia-Pacific Dominates the Market in Terms of Market Share

The Asia-Pacific region currently dominates the market and is expected to continue its domination during the forecast period. This is mainly due to robust growth in LCCs and an increase in passenger traffic in countries like China, India, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand, among others. To cater to the growing passenger traffic, the airlines in the region are expanding their aircraft fleet as well as introducing new aircraft routes, which is generating demand for inflight catering market. For instance, Juneyao Airlines applied for routes between Shanghai Pudong airport, Manchester, and Athens. The company has plans to operate thrice-weekly services between Pudong and Manchester starting by the end of the first quarter of 2020. About 30 new routes were added in 2017 and 2018 from China. This increase in fleet and network of airlines is fueling the investments of airlines/inflight caterers to increase their production capacities to serve the passengers. Earlier in 2019, dnata opened a new catering facility in Canberra with an investment of about USD 4.6 million. dnata currently prepares more than 60,000 inflight meals in Canberra every month and serves commercial airlines and charter airlines. The aforementioned factors are anticipated to propel the demand for the Asia-Pacific inflight catering market during the forecast period.

asia-pacific and middle-east inflight catering market geography

Competitive Landscape

The market of Asia-Pacific and Middle-East inflight catering is consolidated with five players accounting for more than 60% of the share in the market. The major players in the market are LSG Sky Chefs, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, SATS Ltd, GateGroup, and The Emirates Group. Despite the consolidated nature of the market, there are many regional players that support various airlines in the region. In China, there are over 130 inflight companies that support foreign airlines and domestic airlines. The airlines in the regions are partnering with local restaurants to provide enhanced flavors that will enrich the taste of the food provided onboard to their passengers. In addition to inflight catering providers for airlines, there are many catering providers, such as local restaurants, five-star hotels, on-board chefs, and inflight caterers for private jets. Due to increasing passenger traffic, the inflight caterers are expanding their facilities to increase production capacities. Such expansion plans and long term partnerships with the airlines are expected to help the caterers increase their market share in the region.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Food Type

      1. 5.1.1 Meals

      2. 5.1.2 Bakery and Confectionary

      3. 5.1.3 Beverages

      4. 5.1.4 Other Food Types

    2. 5.2 Flight Type

      1. 5.2.1 Full-service Carriers

      2. 5.2.2 Low-cost Carriers

      3. 5.2.3 Hybrid and Other Flight Types

    3. 5.3 Aircraft Seating Class

      1. 5.3.1 Economy Class

      2. 5.3.2 Business Class

      3. 5.3.3 First Class

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.4.1.1 China

          1. 5.4.1.1.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.1.1.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.1.1.3 Food Type (Value)

        2. 5.4.1.2 Japan

          1. 5.4.1.2.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.1.2.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.1.2.3 Food Type (Value)

        3. 5.4.1.3 India

          1. 5.4.1.3.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.1.3.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.1.3.3 Food Type (Value)

        4. 5.4.1.4 Australia

          1. 5.4.1.4.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.1.4.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.1.4.3 Food Type (Value)

        5. 5.4.1.5 New Zealand

          1. 5.4.1.5.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.1.5.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.1.5.3 Food Type (Value)

        6. 5.4.1.6 Indonesia

          1. 5.4.1.6.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.1.6.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.1.6.3 Food Type (Value)

        7. 5.4.1.7 Thailand

          1. 5.4.1.7.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.1.7.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.1.7.3 Food Type (Value)

        8. 5.4.1.8 Malaysia

          1. 5.4.1.8.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.1.8.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.1.8.3 Food Type (Value)

        9. 5.4.1.9 Rest of Asia-Pacific

          1. 5.4.1.9.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.1.9.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.1.9.3 Food Type (Value)

      2. 5.4.2 Middle-East

        1. 5.4.2.1 United Arab Emirates

          1. 5.4.2.1.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.2.1.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.2.1.3 Food Type (Value)

        2. 5.4.2.2 Saudi Arabia

          1. 5.4.2.2.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.2.2.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.2.2.3 Food Type (Value)

        3. 5.4.2.3 Qatar

          1. 5.4.2.3.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.2.3.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.2.3.3 Food Type (Value)

        4. 5.4.2.4 Israel

          1. 5.4.2.4.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.2.4.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.2.4.3 Food Type (Value)

        5. 5.4.2.5 Egypt

          1. 5.4.2.5.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.2.5.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.2.5.3 Food Type (Value)

        6. 5.4.2.6 Oman

          1. 5.4.2.6.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.2.6.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.2.6.3 Food Type (Value)

        7. 5.4.2.7 Rest of Middle-East

          1. 5.4.2.7.1 Aircraft Seating Class (Value)

          2. 5.4.2.7.2 Flight Service Type (Value and Volume)

          3. 5.4.2.7.3 Food Type (Value)

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Air China

      2. 6.2.2 Gategroup

      3. 6.2.3 The Emirates Group

      4. 6.2.4 Cathay Pacific Catering Services

      5. 6.2.5 LSG Sky Chefs

      6. 6.2.6 Aerofood ACS

      7. 6.2.7 JAL Royal Catering

      8. 6.2.8 Newrest International Group

      9. 6.2.9 Ambassadors Sky Chef

      10. 6.2.10 SATS LTD

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Asia-Pacific and Middle-East Inflight Catering Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Asia-Pacific and Middle-East Inflight Catering Market is growing at a CAGR of >7.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Gategroup, The Emirates Group , Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.) Ltd , LSG Sky Chefs , SATS LTD are the major companies operating in Asia-Pacific and Middle-East Inflight Catering Market.

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