ANA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 294 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4715 times:
How much food gets wasted at the end of a (long haul) flight - I don't mean leftovers, I mean non-distributed meals? Is it only the amount of food for the number of pax that loaded or is there food chucked at the end of each flight?
EXMEMWIDGET From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4433 times:
Back when I was a ramper in the 80's and food was still being served on most flights, almost all flights were catered with more than enough food for the pax load on board. At the end of the flight, all the of the unserved meals were removed by the catering company and thrown in the trash. Some of the ramp guys or gate agents would help themselves to unserved meals when possible, but this practice was frowned upon by the airline management. As for donating unserved food to food banks or shelters, it was not done on the most part, for liability reasons. The airline didn't want to be associated with the possible liability of serving spoiled food to these organizations since the airline had no control over the storage and transportation of the excess meals.
Ex_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4327 times:
How much food gets wasted at the end of a (long haul) flight - I don't mean leftovers, I mean non-distributed meals?
Very hard to come up with a general figure, but it will depend on a combination of factors:
The airline's catering policy - some airlines will cater according to booked load, others will cater more. Some airlines will even cater below booked load on some flights, esp. red eye flights, because they can predict that a certain percentage of paxs will want to sleep and not eat. Obviously, the more you over cater, the more you waste.
Classes of service and meal service procedures. If you have First Class, it is likely to contribute to more wastage because airlines will generally not undercater First, and they are likely to overcater a little to ensure that all paxs get their preferred meals. Also, wastage will be more if the service policy is to plate the meals in front of paxs instead of serving them pre-plated.
The passenger no-show rate. The more noshows, the more meals wasted.