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Airline Catering Services in the US: Market Research Report

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Airline Catering Services Market Research Report | Advisory & Financial Services | Other Outsourced Functions | Aug 2013

Upgrading: As airlines cut economy cabin meals, operators add premium first-class options

IBISWorld’s Airline Catering Services market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
FlyingFood Group FlyingFood Group market share
Gate Gourmet Gate Gourmet market share
LSG Sky Chefs LSG Sky Chefs market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$5bn
Annual Growth 08-13
-0.6%
Annual Growth 13-18
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Profit
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Employment
19,260
Businesses
75
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

As the recession reduced a slew of economic indicators, including disposable income, airlines felt demand from consumers and businesses slip away in 2008 and 2009. To reduce costs, many airlines cut expenditures on meal catering services, which already comprised a tiny portion of their budgets. Thus, the Airline Catering Services industry has faced lower demand and stagnant growth over the past five years, even as the economic recovery helped push the industry out of the doldrums. As air travel becomes more widespread and accessible to more consumers, the industry will experience moderate growth over the coming five years.... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Airline Catering Services industry has a moderate degree of market share concentration. In 2013, the top four companies are estimated to account for 45.3% of the industry's revenue. These include top players such as LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet, Flying Food Group and Chelsea Food Services. LSG Sky Chefs is the industry's dominant player and holds over a fifth of the Airline Catering Services market. Airline caterers typically operate as independent entities; Chelsea Food Services is one of the only remaining airline caterers operated in-house by a US-based airline, United Airlines. Typically, airline caterers have over 250 employees; the largest companies, LSG and Gate Gourmet, have more than 25,000 employees each... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Airline Catering Services Industry?

This industry provides food preparation and catering services for domestic flights, international flights (originating in the United States) and nonscheduled domestic flights (e.g. charter flights). Airline caterers generate revenue through the provision of full meals, beverages, snacks and other items, such as cutlery, napkins and cups.

Industry Products
Full mealsBeveragesSnacks
 
Industry Activities
Preparing in-flight mealsDesigning in-flight menus and creating mealsProviding in-flight snacks and beveragesProviding other in-flight catering services


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