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

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.

Comments (100)

  1. If the flight is going to Australia, are they going to give me a jar of Vegimite

  2. JFK airport: WE DONT STAN FOOD

    Emirates airport: we just like yo grandma house, whole come here skinny and get out fat baby, we stan good ass food 🙂

  3. Yay E M I R A T E S ! !

  4. Don’t Be Fooled. You’ll Want To Eat The Food In This Video Since It Looks Appetizing, But If You Actually Tasted It, It Will Taste Nothing Like What You’d Expect.

  5. Which one you think is better Etihad or Emirates chose one

  6. Idk pizza wasn’t on here but it’s really gross 😷

  7. I mainly travel with emirates and i hate there food yuck 😝 the food is so bad in taste.that U can't finish it even if u r dieing from Hunger

  8. The way she said croissant Tom Holland would be so proud lol

  9. Looks better than school lunch

  10. My fruit salad had mold on it and i threw up due to food poisoning. i would not recommend emirates food :/

  11. Now I finally know the food process 🤫😁😁

  12. If you’re going to the us u get shit food

  13. I fly Emirates like 4-5 times a year so the fact that they telling me that I eat lot seems a bit saddening.

  14. I’m pretty sure this is like business or first class because the economy food was not this good looking xD

  15. But I only got pretzels..

  16. all foreign workers its sad

  17. Gordon ramsey would puke

  18. Have i been on a plane? No
    Have i watched this vid? Mabye
    Was this in my recommended? YE-

  19. why did it look so hard? ;-;

  20. Those workers do a hell of a lot. There ain’t even machines😂

  21. It’s cool that the passengers get fresh new meals.

  22. In economy in the Philippines they only give you biscuits

  23. I used to think that there were secret chefs on the plane that would make our food XD

  24. If it’s that good then why doesn’t Gordon like it


  26. When I went on the flight they served 2-3 types of menus
    I was just in the economy class can't imagine for the upper classes

  27. Looks as long as it flight journeys 😂

  28. I usually have to beg for peanuts, not sure where this food is

  29. Emirates are the best!!! ***

  30. I hate whenever I get on a plane and the first class and business class stare at me like SIS DO U WANT A COOKIE GOSH

  31. Nice try but where is the guy who personally spits in my food

  32. 1:39 I see that Philippine flag in the girls collar

  33. american airlines would never

  34. I don’t eat a lot-

    Are you calling me fat!?

  35. now the question is how much foods are being wasted every day?

  36. I want to work their it so organized

  37. EMIRATES Air line is the best .

  38. It means this airline treat the passengers as their guest 🤔🤔

  39. These numbers sound cool but pls use metric system 🙁

  40. Ok, when u r using Indian map, be careful to use the correct one…. Whole jammu and kashmir is indian territory…. We don't need to proof it to anybody…. There is no place called indian occupied kashmir but "pakistan occupied kashmir" exist…. so the indian map u used is wrong 2:36……

  41. Emirates offer the best food so far as far as I experienced amongst many airlines I've tried….

  42. I thought the title said how do imig… never mind

  43. Good to know what it would be like if in nit too broke :'))

  44. How much is this food all together?!?

  45. No mouth cover?????

  46. However, Qatar airlines food is waaaay better

  47. Very interesting! Thank you!!

  48. Oh try PIA. You'll eat the same shitty chicken biryani.

  49. “These passengers eat a lot!”
    Brah i dnt eat anythingggg 🤮

  50. Can the narrator drink some water?

  51. And their food taste like shit

  52. I thought it said emirgrates

  53. Me: going to Borneo

    United Emirates: Mac&cheese

  54. Uhm… This ain't my airplane food 🙁

  55. I wish I can work there. 🙏

  56. I never eat airplane food. Because it's freaking disgusting and not healthy

  57. I was getting hungry from watching this

    Then they mentioned the Soba and I got REALLY hungry

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

  59. why am i watching this at 2:37am?

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

  61. 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..

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

  63. Wonder if Spirit Airlines does this

  64. 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.

  65. 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

  66. 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

  67. Are there Arab workers or does it it happens that all of them are filthy rich.?

  68. You’ll be getting a crisp ka-char-ee

    It’s Kaa-Chor-ri

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  70. 4:03 oh my God, just imagine sorting through the cutlery all day !

  71. I eat before I board home made🍝👍



  73. It's called Ramen not soba. Japanese people would be so upset if they heard that lol

  74. its


    not ka-cha-ri.


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

  77. 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.

  78. I'm now happy machines exists because if not those people would not be happy to be here

  79. 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!!

  80. 1:50 OCD worst nightmare

  81. why do i not find this heartwarming? (sarcasm)

  82. Wat happened to the arabic chefs??

  83. はい SIDOちぇと

  84. That one woman on the left really used her hand to spread that sauce @ 1:41 😂 ( ik she has a glove lol )

  85. First class sandwiches made one side 😂😂😂were would my sandwiches made den 😂😂😂

  86. I’m your 75th thousandth like

  87. They make there meals

  88. Surprised it’s not just frozen

  89. This is incredibly impressive…..

  90. Anyone else wondering why they never got salmon or strawberries or is that just me

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