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Do You Know The Price For Each Lunch On A Pane?  
User currently offlineAp7570 From France, joined Sep 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

I was talking to a freind of mine, FA for CO...
She told me that it cost the airlines about 20 to 45 bucks for the food per passenger. Even for the little boxes with a "sandwich".....Is it true ?

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User currently offlineTeahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5446 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2494 times:


For a coach meal, it is rarely more than $5, while for an C/F meal rarely more than $20. This is for domestic flights on American carriers.


Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2484 times:

I believe I remember reading the cost is upwards of 100 US$ on F meals on Europe-S E Asia flights.

Daniel Smile

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2469 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
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

It isn't the food it is the security screening that it has to go through that costs the money.... Laugh out loud

User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2446 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.

User currently offlineXNV From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2431 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.

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