Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8142 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1481 times:
Absolutely not. A UK charter airline I know pay about $2.60 for the meals on their flights (a sandwich, cupcake, biscuits and cheese), that's about as low as you can go. Why would a baguette or whatever that costs $4 on the ground (and that's when you buy one...imagine how cheap when you buy tens of thousands every day) cost $50 in the air? There may be some special packaging and refridgeration requirements but still.
My recent experience: Continental EWR-MIA (2 hours 30): a baguette with some kind of filling. Lufthansa LHR-HAM (1 hour): hot dish plus smoked salmon and dill sauce on the side, salad, biscuits and cheese, wine, dessert. And that LH ticket was only about $200. Not wishing to make US carriers look bad, but there is no way LH are paying $50 a head for that meal. Let alone Continental for theirs. I would say the answer is ONE DOLLAR.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Carmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1458 times:
I used to work at Singapore Airport Terminal Services Catering Centre as a temporary worker after my exams a few years back, and according to one of the sous chefs there, he said airlines actually give the kitchens a budget as well as an idea as to what kind of cuisine they wanted to see. The caterers then produce a menu for the airline according to that budget and the requested cuisine.
He said that most airlines give SATS a budget of about S$15 for an exonomy class passenger. In today's exhange rate, that would be about US$8. But in those days, the Singapore dollar was alot stronger, it was about US$12. So I guess it'd cost about US$10. But he also said that some airlines pay alot more than other airlines. Cited the example of Emirates, which he said paid alot more than most other airlines. Didn't give specific numbers then though.
I don't know about First and Business class. At SATS, First class had their own kitchen, which I had never been to.
XNV From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1443 times:
Where I used to work they paid on average CAD $10 for each hot meal. I have read about some F meals on international flights being upwards of USD $60, but consider what they are being served on some routes.