March 05 , 2010 - Does Airline Food Always Have to Suck? Go behind the scenes as an airline tries to make food interesting and enjoyable
Airline food has never had a good reputation. It is often dry, salty and looks like something more fit for a dog than a human.
But for those lucky enough to sit in the front of the plane, meals are served on fine china and come in multiple courses. They not only excite the taste buds but bring back a sense of service and class to flying. Preparing such a feast is not an easy production. Every few months, Singapore Airlines reviews, tastes and tweaks its dishes for the coming season. It is a complicated process that not only has to factor in taste but cost and airplane galley space constraints.
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March 23 , 2010 - Blue Sky In-Flight Catering "Takes Flight" & Launches Quality-Centric Gourmet Food Company at Morristown Municipal Airport MORRISTOWN, N.J., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Sky In-Flight Catering has taken the on-board dining experience to new heights with the launch of a new gourmet catering service for private flights at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey.
"Blue Sky is dedicated to providing all of our customers at Morristown Airport with the highest quality in-flight dining services," says Anthony Curlo, the companys managing partner and co-owner. "That includes unrivalled preparation, freshly prepared meals, tantalizing desserts, an extensive wine list and a full array of accompaniments and specialty food items. Our goal is simple — to fill the void in the marketplace for premium on-board catering services while setting the standard for the rest of the industry." Helping sculpt this high standard is David Alan Fabisch, proprietor of David Alan Caterers, one of New Jerseys leading social event and corporate catering services. Through this collaboration, Blue Sky has a 5,000-square-foot production kitchen just minutes away from Morristown Municipal Airport, ensuring a quick delivery and the freshest flavors possible. "Through Blue Sky In-Flight Catering, we have designed the premier in-flight dining experience for all customers," says Fabisch. "Our staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to indulge every sophisticated need with first-class service, expedience and of course great tasting foods, liquors and beverages. Ranging from breakfast and lunch to snacks and flowers, we are dedicated to fulfilling any fine dining request within minutes of every order." A world-class gourmet kitchen staff is headed by Chef Joseph M. Mirra, a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute of Jersey City, N.J., and General Manager Steve Geller, a silver medal winner and member of the culinary Geneva Association. Together, they oversee and prepare a broad range of epicurean pleasures that include dinner entrees like a grilled filet mignon with a fig and balsamic port reduction and hor doeuvre options such as crab and Belgian endive with a red pepper coulis. The menus extensive list of choices also includes specialty wraps, hot and cold sandwiches, fresh salads, hot breakfast buffets, pasta, seafood dishes and fresh made dessert pastries. The options are countless with the capacity to custom order and mold any dish to particular dietary guidelines. The full range of services includes a complete offering of domestic and international wines, spirits, kosher platters, magazines, newspapers and numerous other amenities.
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March 30 , 2010 - Drop in airline meals leads to Sky Chefs layoffs at OIA An aviation-catering company is laying off about half its staff in Orlando because of falling demand by airlines for in-flight meals.
Sky Chefs Inc. has notified the state that it intends to dismiss as many as 87 people in May and June from its customer-service center at Orlando International Airport. The companys local operation currently has about 170 employees.
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April 03 , 2010 - Gategroup adds significant new business in North America Gategroup brands in North America have been awarded airline contracts totaling nearly US$189 million over the three- to five-year terms of the agreements, equally spread across new and existing business.
"Earning these contracts is a powerful vote of confidence in gategroup. It demonstrates once again that the integrated offering of our award-winning brands positions us as the strategic partner for many of the worlds premier carriers," said gategroup CEO Guy Dubois. "These awards at major gateways have turned a corner for our North American region and will serve gategroup well when the inevitable economic upturn materializes," he added.
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April 22 , 2010 - Airport catering staff arrested for cocaine smuggling Police and customs officials have arrested 11 catering workers at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport for their role in a cocaine smuggling network between the Netherlands and the Antilles islands in the Caribbean.
The gang reportedly smuggled the drugs in catering trolleys and airline waste bags, Nos tv reports.
A 12th person who does not work at the airport has also been arrested. Police have seized 50 kg of cocaine as well as computers and cars.
The investigation into the smuggling route began last year and resulted in eight arrests on the island of Bonaire last month. More arrests are expected, Nos said
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May 03 , 2010 - British Airways Cabin Crew May Strike For 12 Days Just recently Unite has recommended to British Airways attendants that they turn down the latest management offer following the removal of travel perks. Cabin crew members will ask the Unite trade union to consider a strike for at least 10 days if, as exp
Bassa, which is Unite’s cabin crew branch, is preparing to discuss strategy with Unite’s leadership this week. New strike dates could be announced the day after the general election. Unite must give seven days notice of strike action, making May 14th the earliest possible date for the next walkout.
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May 12 , 2010 - Finnair to Enhance Inflight Services Finnair is to renew its meal service and enhance the selection of its inflight sales products from the beginning of June 2010. The airline will also offer pre-seating on its domestic flights.
"We have listened to our customers wishes and, as a consequence, we have developed our onboard service. On intercontinental flights, for example, our meals will be upgraded. On shorter flights, on the other hand, customers have the possibility to purchase sweet or salty delicacies from a wide selection of snacks onboard with a drink of their choice," said Finnairs new Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Anssi Komulainen.
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June 09 , 2010 - Cathay Pacific serving authentic Hong Kong cuisine Cathay Pacific Airways is featuring a variety of its "Cathay Pacific Signature Dishes" on flights this year.
From early this year, Cathay Pacific has been introducing, phase by phase, a selection of local Hong Kong favourites that are truly authentic in taste and appearance, including congee, hot pot rice, noodle soups and Chinese desserts. The signature dishes are being served in rotation throughout the year in First and Business Class cabins, said a press release. Cathay Pacific Manager Catering Services Charles Grossrieder said, "As Hong Kongs home carrier we are proud to serve the best of Hong Kongs rich and diverse cuisine on our flights. Our aim is to provide a feeling of home for local passengers and at the same time introduce new and exciting tastes to travellers from different parts of the world."
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June 22 , 2010 - JetBlue starts selling food on longer flights The snack boxes ($6 each) will be available on flights longer than 3h45m.
They range from a "Wake Up" box (croissant, jam, almond butter, crackers, fruit and milk) to a "Cheer Up" box (three cheeses, dried fruit and crackers).
There will still be some free snacks on every flight. JetBlue began selling the boxes June 16.
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June 25 , 2010 - Star chef takes on airline food Teach the catering staff at two airports, separated by an ocean, how to replicate your signature dishes, then reheat and serve them.
Since February, chef Michel Richard has been working with OpenSkies, the all-business-class subsidiary of British Airways, to design and implement menus for service this month and next on flights between Washington and Paris, and from Paris to Newark, New Jersey. For Richard, the partnership has been something like the culinary version of a game of “telephone,” where the goal is to maintain the integrity of the food as it passes down a line of people, farther and farther from the control of its creator and under circumstances light years from those in his own kitchen.
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July 20 , 2010 - Dragonair offers new taste of authentic Chinese Cuisine Inflight The menu designed in conjunction with Lei Garden will be featured in all classes of travel from Hong Kong to Beijing and Shanghai, as well as in First and Business Class from Hong Kong to Taipei and Kaohsiung.
Dragonair announced a new partnership with the renowned Michelin-starred Lei Garden restaurant to launch an inflight promotional menu featuring specially designed Chinese dishes. The new menu marks another step in Dragonairs continued effort to provide the best travel experience for its passengers
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July 25 , 2010 - Ryanair flyer arrested after complaining about the food Henrik Ulven, a Ryanair passenger traveling from Berlin to Oslo, was arrested on Tuesday after complaining about the poor quality of his chicken sandwich.
Upon arrival at the Rygge Airport in Norway, police detained the 52-year-old man from Oslo because the crew complained he had become disruptive.
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August 27 , 2010 - Emirates faces catering headache from Kenya strike Potential industrial action by Nairobi Airports Services (NAS) staff could have an impact on international airlines such as Emirates, British Airways and Kenyan Airways, the company has warned.
NAS, which provides carriers with catering services from Nairobi and Mombasa airports, is facing a supply disruption from threatened strikes by employees, according to Business Daily Africa.
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October 18 , 2010 - Turkish Airlines launches Flying Chef on flights between Hong Kong and Istanbul Introduced by Turkish DO & CO, Turkish Airlines’ catering company, chefs will present the inflight menu to business and first class passengers, and share with them the inspirations behind the types of cuisine served and ingredients used in each course
Launched on Turkish Airlines Istanbul-New York flights earlier this year, this service is now being extended to international flights including those between Hong Kong and Istanbul.
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October 23 , 2010 - United Airlines launches new menu for travelers United Airlines has introduced a new menu created by the airline’s chef Curtis Stone to the customers flying in United Business from San Francisco International Airport to Tokyo Narita International Airport.
The menu options include a salad and appetizer combination, which comes with fresh grilled and marinated free-range chicken, sliced paper-thin and topped with a crisp slaw mixture and fresh ginger sesame vinaigrette.
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November 06 , 2010 - Top five airline snacks and where to find them It’s no secret that airline food leaves much to be desired. In years past, when you may have gotten an entire meal on a domestic flight, today, you’re lucky to get a bag of peanuts.
However, there are some airlines that steal offer snacks that can help the flight more enjoyable. Today we highlight five of the best airline snacks and where to find them.
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November 11 , 2010 - Gate Gourmet acquires majority interest in Skygourmet, realizing strategic breakthrough into fast-growing Indian market Transaction seen as 'perfect fit' in gategroup's Asia growth strategy
ZURICH - Gate Gourmet, a member of gategroup, today announced a joint venture agreement with India Hospitality Corp. (IHC) to acquire a majority interest in Skygourmet, the leading airline caterer in India with a presence in seven major cities.
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December 01 , 2010 - New European product for Lufthansa At a time when many European airlines are cutting back on short-haul catering, Lufthansa is taking a different tack.
According to reports on Bloomberg, the German national airline is preparing to unveil a new European product. An official announcement is likely to be made on December 15.
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March 13 , 2010 - Kingfisher Red To Charge For Meals In Flights Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines Ltd bought low-fare carrier Air Deccan in September 2007 and rechristened it Kingfisher Red, but unlike most of its rivals offered food free to passengers. That has now changed
Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines Ltd bought low-fare carrier Air Deccan in September 2007 and rechristened it Kingfisher Red, but unlike most of its rivals offered food free to passengers. That has now changed.
"With effect from 15 January 2011, we will be discontinuing the complimentary food service on board Kingfisher Red flights," the airline said in an email to frequent flyers last week.
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April 24 , 2010 - Cooking up a treat at 35,000 feet Inside a cavernous coolroom a giant sliding door opens quickly and a lone worker pushes an aircraft catering trolley into the chilly air, lining it up with a dozen others below a sign bearing a three digit flight code.
See below to read an interesting article on Emirates inflight catering and flight catering operation!
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October 05 , 2010 - LSG Skychef-Brahim to expand globally LSG Skychef-Brahim’s Sdn Bhd, formerly known as MAS Catering Sdn Bhd and the world's biggest halal flight kitchen caterer, is embarking on expanding its services to new markets such as China, Eastern Europe as well as scouting for opportunities in the for
Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad Badawi, Executive Chairman of Brahim's Holding Bhd -- the parent company of LSG Skychef–Brahim's Sdn Bhd, said there were numerous enquiries for the company to supply halal food not only for the Muslim market, but for non-Muslims as well globally given the wide range of cuisine offered under its menu.
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