Inflight Catering Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The market is segmented by Aircraft Seating Class (Economy Class, Business Class, First Class), Flight Service Type (Full-Service Carriers, Low-Cost Carriers, Hybrid & Others), Food Type (Meals, Bakery and Confectionery, Beverages, Others), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period:

2016-2024

Base Year:

2018

Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific

Key Players:

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Market Overview

The inflight catering market is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 5.66% during the forecast period.

  • The growth of inflight catering market is largely dependent on the development and growth of the aviation industry.
  • Integration of technology for the ordering of food and beverages on-board is expected to help the growth of the in-flight catering market.
  • Also, concepts like retail on board and personal in-flight chefs are anticipated to affect the in-flight catering market in the near future.

Scope of the Report

An airline food, inflight meal, or airline meal is a meal served to passengers on board a commercial airliner. Specialist airline catering services prepare these meals and usually serve to passengers using an airline service trolley.

Food Type
Meals
Bakery and Confectionary
Beverages
Others
Flight Type
Full Service Carriers
Low-Cost Carriers
Hybrid and Others
Aircraft Seating Class
Economy Class
Business Class
First Class
Geography
North America (United States, Canada)
Overview
Food Type
Flight Type
Aircraft Seating Class
Europe (UK, Germany, France, Russia, Italy, Rest of Europe)
Overview
Food Type
Flight Type
Aircraft Seating Class
Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Australia, Rest of Asia Pacific)
Overview
Food Type
Flight Type
Aircraft Seating Class
Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Rest of Latin America)
Overview
Food Type
Flight Type
Aircraft Seating Class
Middle East & Africa (UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, Iran, Rest of Middle East & Africa)
Overview
Food Type
Flight Type
Aircraft Seating Class

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Key Market Trends

Meals segment expected to dominate the market

Meals are expected to be the dominant food type in the inflight catering market during the forecast period, due to the demand from the Asian and European airlines. There was a growing preference from the passengers in these regions towards meals, especially in long haul flights. Some airlines in the North American region serve meals that are available, at an extra cost. However, the beverages segment is expected to obtain the highest growth rate during the forecast period. Strategies like the introduction of beverages like premium wines to lure the business and first class passengers have shown positive results to the airlines, and this is expected to help the growth of the beverages segment during the forecast period.

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Asia-Pacific to continue to have a large market share

Asia-Pacific is a vast inflight catering market in terms of culinary habits, and passengers from different regions vary in their culinary preferences. Though India and China are neighboring countries, the culinary food habits of people in these two regions are significantly different. Food habits of passengers from the north vary from those of the south in the same country. These variations are likely to help the catering suppliers invest more in these diversified menu types, thereby leading to the high growth of the region during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

Five major players dominate the market for inflight catering. However, when it comes to supplying from small and medium-size airports, the market is fairly fragmented with the presence of regional players. Demand for food with high quality and safety was the main reason for airlines to prefer the catering from major manufacturers than the regional players. Further, these big players have increased their R&D spending exponentially to integrate the innovation with culinary excellence. This has resulted in premium quality food for airline inflight catering.. Gate Gourmet, LSG Sky Chefs, and SATS are some of the leading companies in inflight catering market.

Major Players

  1. Gate Gourmet
  2. LSG Sky Chefs
  3. Sats Ltd.
  4. Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.) Ltd.
  5. Dnata

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Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 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 Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      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 Others

    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 Others

    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 North America (United States, Canada)

        1. 5.4.1.1 Overview

        2. 5.4.1.2 Food Type

        3. 5.4.1.3 Flight Type

        4. 5.4.1.4 Aircraft Seating Class

      2. 5.4.2 Europe (UK, Germany, France, Russia, Italy, Rest of Europe)

        1. 5.4.2.1 Overview

        2. 5.4.2.2 Food Type

        3. 5.4.2.3 Flight Type

        4. 5.4.2.4 Aircraft Seating Class

      3. 5.4.3 Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Australia, Rest of Asia Pacific)

        1. 5.4.3.1 Overview

        2. 5.4.3.2 Food Type

        3. 5.4.3.3 Flight Type

        4. 5.4.3.4 Aircraft Seating Class

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Rest of Latin America)

        1. 5.4.4.1 Overview

        2. 5.4.4.2 Food Type

        3. 5.4.4.3 Flight Type

        4. 5.4.4.4 Aircraft Seating Class

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa (UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, Iran, Rest of Middle East & Africa)

        1. 5.4.5.1 Overview

        2. 5.4.5.2 Food Type

        3. 5.4.5.3 Flight Type

        4. 5.4.5.4 Aircraft Seating Class

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Vendor Market Share

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Gate Gourmet

      2. 6.4.2 LSG Sky Chefs

      3. 6.4.3 Sats Ltd.

      4. 6.4.4 Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.) Ltd.

      5. 6.4.5 Dnata

      6. 6.4.6 Flying Food Group

      7. 6.4.7 Emirates Flight Catering

      8. 6.4.8 IGS Catering Services

      9. 6.4.9 Jetfinity

      10. 6.4.10 Newrest International Group S.A.S

      11. 6.4.11 Journey Group Plc.*

    5. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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