Qatar Aircraft Catering Company (QACC), the aircraft catering subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group, has reached a new milestone in its road to recovery from the challenges of Covid-19. The company reports it has now prepared more than 16 million meals for passengers travelling on-board Qatar Airways, Qatar Executive and other airlines departing from Hamad International Airport (HIA) in 2021.
QACC operates a 69,000 square metre facility at HIA, with the capacity to supply 175,000 meals per day. QACC is currently serving more than 100,000 meals per day, reflecting Qatar Airways’ growth and recovery over the course of the last 20 months.
Sascha Von Wolfersdorf, acting SVP for catering services said of the figure: “Reflecting on this milestone after what has been aviation’s most challenging chapter, it is encouraging and reassuring to see travel back on the path to recovery. This achievement underpins QACC’s flexibility and agility to cater to the increase in demand, with the uptick of travel.
“I am optimistic about the future and confident we will see further growth. This is why we have invested in plans for a second unit that will involve acquiring and installing new production lines, to help meet the future catering needs of Qatar Airways that aligns with its continuous growth and the anticipated demand for travel around the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”
QACC is also pursuing an in-house laboratory accreditation that will reduce costs and unlock future revenue streams by allowing it to become an authorised food testing facility for the State of Qatar. In addition, QACC is planning a greenhouse farming project that will lead to self-sufficiency in micro-herbs and green vegetation, to help reduce the carbon footprint caused by imported goods.
In other QACC news, in 2020 it became the first inflight catering business in Europe and the Middle East to attain Food Safety Systems Certification in manufacturing FSSC 22000 V5 Category C (III).