Business aviation catering took a substantial step toward standardizing international safety and standards with the official launch of Aviation Catering Consultants.
Just two years old, InflightEx Technology continues to expand and streamline the business and private aviation catering process. The London-based firm provides a direct Web link between schedulers, dispatchers and air crews and quality in-flight caterers at more than 250 U.S. airports and 70 international cities. The InflightEx service is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone Web browser.
The breathtaking artworks by Picasso, Chagall and other masters gracing the TAG Group’s chalet (Stand 7020) are garnering lots of attention among EBACE attendees. But that’s not the only display of fine taste admired by guests at the pavilion–so is the food prepared by London-based caterer Absolute Taste.
Universal Weather and Aviation (Stand 7091) has acquired in-flight catering and concierge group Air Chef Holdings for an undisclosed price. Air Chef, which provides catering for charter operators, corporate flight departments, fractional operators, flight attendants and FBOs, now is a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal.
Caterers EncouragedTo Share Exhibit Space
In past years, the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference and the Flight Attendants Conference sponsored by NBAA have had a major representation from the catering community.
If the recession has been hard on the operators of business aircraft, it has been equally brutal on the hundreds of caterers whose livelihood depends on business aviation.
One caterer took out a mortgage on his home to keep the business afloat, and others have dipped deeply into savings accounts to keep the doors open; all are anticipating better times ahead.
Caterers providing food for business aircraft flights from UK airports are being forced to meet security requirements previously applied only to airlines. Next year, the European Commission intends to introduce new regulations to apply the same standards throughout the 27 states of the European Union.
little over a year ago, business aviation caterers were feeling the pressure as the wholesale price of consumables rose and the price of gas began to soar. Today, that pressure has become a clear squeeze as the global economy struggles.
According to Paula Kraft, founder and co-owner of Tastefully Yours in Atlanta, caterers currently fall into two groups: “Some will tell you things are slow. The others will lie.”
Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Airlines on Thursday took over Zurich-based Servair Private Charter for an undisclosed amount and said it will integrate the company into a new business unit called Swiss Private Aviation. The Servair staff of eight have been transferred to Swiss, as well as an undisclosed number of aircraft management contracts.