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Food service costs continue to climb.

Food service costs continue to climb

The answer to the question of whether U.S. airlines are upgrading their food service in the competitive battle to attract passengers appears to be that some are and some aren't, an Air Transport World statistical study seems to indicate.

The problem is that the numbers also may reflect a lack of standardization among carriers in the items they include in their food service costs, differences in methods of accounting, or, in some instances, recent changes in accounting procedures.

Discrepancies among airlines in meal cost reporting have bothered the member companies of the Inflight Food Service Association for some time, and will be the topic of a panel discussion at this year's IFSA conference in San Diego in April. …

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