Air Transport World

Looking to the east.(1995 in-flight food services and expenditures)

IFSA keeps an eye peeled on Asia as 1996 conference emphasizes globalization of food service through alliances

In-flight food-service professionals will hold their annual gathering this month against a backdrop of continuing sharp declines in airline spending on food for passengers.

During the first nine months of 1995 (see tables), food-service expenditures by U.S. major carriers dropped 6% to $1.67 billion, even though passenger boardings rose 1.9% to 358.4 million. As a result, cost per passenger fell 7.8% to $4.66. In 1994, total spending on food service by the majors was down 1.8% to $2.3 billion and cost per passenger slid 7.4% to $4.95. Among the national carriers, food expenditures rose 9.7% to $108.9 million during the 1995 period but cost per passenger dipped 2% to $3.49.

American remained the industry's biggest spender through the 1995 third quarter, but its $471 million total was down 0. …

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