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Emirates Flight Catering receives award from FM Global

Vince Reyda, Senior Vice President of FM Global & Saeed Mohammed, CEO, Emirates Flight Catering

Emirates Flight Catering has been awarded the 'Highly Protected Risk Award' by FM Global, a great honour, signifying our dedication towards safety in all areas of our business.

Emirates Flight Catering hosts first SME Open Day

Saeed Mohammed, CEO of Emirates Flight Catering

Throughout 2016, Emirates Flight Catering has developed a strong working relationship with Dubai SME and has subsequently just held it's first SME Open Day.

Virgin Atlantic ‘Crew Recognition Award’ is presented to Emirates Flight Catering

Crew Recognition Award

 Emirates Flight Catering received the highest number of appreciation and praise from the crew amongst all Virgin Atlantic’s network of caterers for the period of January – August 2016. 


Inside one of the world's biggest airline food factories

Inside one of the world's biggest airline food factories

Love them or loathe them, airline meals turn 97 years old this year. That's an awful lot of chicken or fish. The first was served back in 1919 on a Handley Page flight from London to Paris where, sensibly, they chose to serve only sandwiches and fruit. Almost a century later the scale of airline meals is staggering, nowhere more so than at the Emirates Flight Catering facility in Dubai.The airline, one of the world's largest, prepares up to 180,000 meals every day for more than 400 daily flights to 142 destinations.

Some 65% of all the airline's meals are made in Dubai. The rest come from its catering stations around the globe, with 24 in the Asia Pacific region alone.

The making of your meal on an Emirates Airline flight,

The Emirates Airlines catering facility located in the Cargo Village that serves Emirates flights along with other airlines flying out of the Dubai Airport. Dessert trays are sorted and packed. Antonie Robertson / The National

In 1919, the first airline meal was served by Handley Page Transport on a flight from London to Paris. Passengers were served a pre-packed lunch box that cost 3 shillings (about Dh35 today, on a retail price index basis).

Almost a century later, at one of the largest airline kitchens in the world, the Emirates Catering Facility, is capable of producing 115,000 meals per day.