Catered meals are the most common amenity on-board flights of more than an
hour. Some of the better-equipped and larger jets can accommodate on-board
cooking. Aircraft smaller than ten-seat capacity are not equipped to handle
this. Advance coordination of this service will be necessary for anything much
more complicated than drinks and pretzels or coffee and doughnuts. But you "own"
the aircraft while you have it, so you are entitled to request something
The most important precaution to bear in mind is that bringing food onto an
airplane is not another form of take-out. Because several hours can elapse
between preparation, transportation to the aircraft, re-heating, and service at
cruising altitude, meals treated like ordinary take-out can spoil and endanger
the health of passengers and crew.
An operator or broker can help you to coordinate with a knowledgeable
in-flight caterer, who can provide a meal of the highest taste and quality
safely. Make sure that they are aware of any dietary restrictions. If you're
picking up food from your favorite restaurant, let them know if you won't be
eating the food right away so the chef can plan and package your meal
Savvy in-flight caterers can also supply the services of event planners. If
your family or business party is traveling around a holiday or celebratory
event, ask your caterer for some ways to make the trip part of the festivities.
Birthday cakes, holiday decorations and special activities can all be ordered
ahead and ready for your trip. With some creative planning, your holiday
celebration doesn't start when you get to your destination, but as soon as you
step on-board your charter flight.