How Emirates Makes 225,000 In-Flight Meals A Day

Narrator: Here in Dubai,
Emirates Flight Catering makes 110 million in-flight meals a year. As the world’s largest catering
facility, they run 24/7, cooking up every snack,
dessert, and main dish eaten by the airline’s 55
million passengers a year. And these travelers eat a lot. In 2018, Emirates passengers
downed 72 million bread rolls, over 134,000 pounds of
strawberries, 414 pounds of salmon, and more than three
million pounds of potatoes. So, how does the world’s
largest flying restaurant feed hungry passengers aboard
nearly 200,000 flights a year? Well, before any cooking can even start, everything has to be unloaded
off incoming flights. Plates, trays, trolleys, you name it. They’re all dropped in the ground floor of the facility to cleaned. Dishes are separated into categories and sent through industrial-sized
warewashing machines. On average, the facility handles about 3 million pieces of tableware a day. Those trolleys that bring
you drinks during your flight are also cleaned here. Then they’re loaded up onto the building’s mile-and-a-half-long monorail to be taken upstairs. This system is how massive
amounts of inventory are moved safely through the building. The monorail has pick
up and drop off points at multiple locations on every floor. Upstairs is where the cooking takes off. First, in the cold kitchen,
all of the sandwiches and appetizers are prepped and plated. Because the different
cabins have specific menus, appetizers and sandwiches
for first and business class are prepared on one side of the kitchen, while those for economy
are prepared on the other. Sandwiches are sliced and
stacked and then feed through the flow wrapping machine
to keep the bread fresh until it’s unwrapped aboard the plane. Now, on to the main kitchen, where they’re whipping up the hot food. The kitchen’s broken down
by four food regions: Asian, Sub-Continent,
European, and Middle Eastern. Emirates 1,800 chefs from around the world develop 1,300 different menus a month. They cover the culinary gambit of every destination Emirates flies to. Whenever you’re aboard an Emirates flight, the meal you’re served will be inspired by the region of your arrival destination. And with over 150 destinations
in 85 different countries, well that’s a lot of
region-specific meals. So, if your headed to France, you’ll get a croissant in the morning. Flying to India? You’ll most likely get a crisp kachori. Stopping off in Japan? How about some soba or a bento box? Emirates says they want
to welcome travelers home or give new visitors a first
taste of the region’s food. So what’s Emirates specialty
dish welcoming passengers to their hub of Dubai? The Emirate arabic mezze
selection with sticky pudding. The hot kitchen is where
region specific dishes like the mezze take form. Chefs mix big vats of vegetables, grill lines of lamb chops, and top rows of dishes with garnishes. Each plate has to taste
and look exactly the same. It’s at this point that
all of the hot dishes head to the blast chiller. They have to be cooled down to the perfect food-safe temperature. The last kitchen is for
all us sugar lovers: the dessert room. Cakes, pastries, and cookies are all individually mixed,
piped, dipped, and baked here. The facility specializes in
arabic sweets, made in house. The coolest part? The hydro processor, a
high-powered water laser that cuts perfectly
precise slices of cake. Finally, the assembly
room. This is where all of the pieces converge onto one tray. It’s also where every meal
gets a day code printed on it. It’s in UV ink, so as a passenger you won’t actually see
it, but it helps Emirates track the life of each dish. That way, they’re sure they’re not serving flyers any spoiled food. This is also where salads and fruit plates are packaged up. Silverware and dishes are prepared and all incoming meals
are assembled onto trays, exactly as we’d see them as
passengers aboard the flight. Those trays are loaded
back into the trolleys. That take another spin on that
monorail to the ground floor. Back downstairs, the trolleys are packed into awaiting high-loader trucks. Those trucks will be sent
out to aircrafts two hours before departure times to unload meals for hungry passengers waiting aboard.

100 thoughts on “How Emirates Makes 225,000 In-Flight Meals A Day

  1. What passengers eat lot .. They give very small portion of food that also most of passengers don't too eat in flight

  2. Oh I thought that was ground up liver lmao
    That would be disgusting(my opinion)

  3. 1:52 I feel sorry for the guy on the end. Flow wrap machines are TERRIBLE constantly breaking.. And when they're not breaking, packed so fast it's hard to keep up.. Look at that double sided 25 per tray.. Probably make up 4-5 trays each side before he has to stop, and not much room on the end of the belt for when the sandwiches start overflowing..

  4. So is this why its so expensive? I mean I can say that the food is actually pretty good, since I’ve been on.

  5. Can we all just appreciate these cooks for doing all of this. If these people weren’t determined to help people get tasty food, we would just be eating random snack in our bags. Instead, these cooks make great dishes to keep up from getting hungry.

  6. It's kinda scary bc if you look at american food places and there machines they are rusty and they have all sorts of diffrent things on them and you look at those they are clean af

  7. I noticed on my flight to London, we were given English foods, and the flight from Paris to Texas, we were given hot pockets and American stuff. Not on Emirates

  8. Hi, I'm compiling information for my schoolwork about which airline in Asia has the best in-flight meal in a form of a Google Survey. I would highly appreciate if you can help me by filling this survey. This is the link: @t

  9. Could all airlines just serve McDonalds, KFC etc instead. Will pay for my cheese burgers and quarter packs.

  10. Az ilyen szokatlan, vagy formabontó dolgokat miért egy átlagosnak cseppet sem kinéző, hipszter szemüveges, rövidhajú, lezbika megjelenésű lány propagálja? Olyan az üzenete így a dolognak, hogy normális ember nem is csinál ilyet és elvont szabadbölcsésznek kell lenned ahoz, hogy ne szemetelj.

  11. I want to work in this now it’s seems like a fun and stress relieving job although it probably has you standing up for hours!!

  12. Umm if u rode on a plane before I'm pretty sure we all agree its not that good or at least for me I'll never forget that soggy brocilil

  13. I use Emirates and their economy food sucks. It doesn’t taste good, so why in the video it looks good and delicious? And it’s not true that food they will serve you will be inspired by the country you will arrive to. And the food feels like it had been microwaved

  14. I’ve never had a first class meal. My question is, why does it all look good and impressive but tastes like warm death? After first couple of meals I started bringing my own snacks

  15. That's a lot of plastic. Plz tell me it's recycled. PLEASE. I mean, that's a lot of plastic that could go into the ocean or landfills!

  16. I mean like they have A380s and 787s and those are big planes so I’m not suprised and they are a good airline so serve good food and has many passengers

  17. People never realize the mass production of food,
    Effort and material
    Imagine how many plastic bottles are used globally every day,
    There's seven billion people
    All drinks, imagine one day of plastic bottles
    Is it one out of seven people? A billion a day?
    Food is serious stuff,
    We all eat, its mind blowing to think about

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