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Airline Food Wastage

Thu Feb 12, 2004 10:45 pm

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?

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RE: Airline Food Wastage

Thu Feb 12, 2004 10:54 pm

In many cases the food is wasted before it is loaded onto the A/C  Smile)
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RE: Airline Food Wastage

Fri Feb 13, 2004 1:19 am

That is what the B-Scale is for. Those guys will scarff anything!

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RE: Airline Food Wastage

Fri Feb 13, 2004 1:31 am

Leftover food on an international flight must be removed and incinerated for health reasons.
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RE: Airline Food Wastage

Fri Feb 13, 2004 1:38 am

I know some catering companies in JNB use to give unused airline meals to orphanages and care homes, which seemed to me an excellent idea - I don't know if they still do.
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RE: Airline Food Wastage

Fri Feb 13, 2004 2:09 am

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.

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RE: Airline Food Wastage

Fri Feb 13, 2004 3:23 am

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.

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