Hello All, this post will be aimed mainly at US airlines... But comments about how foreign airlines do it as well are welcome. It doesn't make sense to me when I go to Airlinemeals.net (A website you can go to and see various carriers onboard meals throughout their different classes of service) or observe the real thing. Catering companies must buy all this stuff (food, drinks, and a few other things), and then airlines order it for their flights from like a cateror's menu? Most of the hardware like the catering carts (which have the airline's logo on them most often) obviously belong to the airline, but The plastic trays that salads...etc are set in must belong to the catering company. They then coordinate to off load it at the outbound destination? Also do airlines send their types of branded napkins (for example UA uses those little boxes a lot)...etc to the catering companys for the catering companies to include in the carts when they load them on to the aircraft? What about the "ice crunchers"...etc, do they belong to the airline, or does the catering company own these and include that kind of stuff in the carts if it will be needed for that particular flight? This is so confusing to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Something else here as well even though it is a little off subject. I noticed that a lot of what I thought were ovens in aircraft, are actually drawers!?!?!? I always thought that food was put in those, most oftenly, and drinks were in the carts, and Cups, napkins...etc were stored in those little nooks and craneys! OH this is so confusing if someone could just explain a little of this to me it would be great!