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Cost per meal trend is down among U.S. majors. (air lines)

Cost per meal trend is down amogn U.S. majors Although the portion of the U.S. major airline expense dollar going toward food service continues to edge upward as other elements of operating expense, such as fuel, decline, the cost of feeding each passenger appears to be trending down.

The majors in the third quarter of 1985--the latest period for which figures were available at this writing--spent an average of $4.19 to feed each of the 77.3 million passengers they carried, down from $4.45 in the full year of 1984.

The portion of total operating cost represented by food expense, however, was 3.40% in the third quarter, up from 3.36% in the year 1984.

The majors spent $323. …

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