“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”
Business Aviation Caterers
The culinary bar has been raised substantially, and dining in a business jet today is often a memorable experience. Caterers are well aware that growing numbers of their customers are "foodies" who are more than just mouths to feed. And so they have stepped up every aspect of their business, from quality to presentation, and now offer a wide range of organic, ethnic and exotic dishes.
Here is a directory of caterers that primarily or exclusively serve the private aviation market. Some are veritable chains, with kitchens all over the U.S. Others are small, single-kitchen operations. Still others have their own operations but are also affiliated with nationwide catering consolidators; as such, they offer their own dishes as well as menu items shared with their affiliates. Air Chef, with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, is the largest of these, with more than 23 of its own kitchens, plus affiliates nationwide, and in London and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Aviation Services Network, launched in 2004 by Rudy's Inflight Catering, has 61 affiliates nationwide. Even caterers with a single kitchen, however, will typically deliver to airports as far as 100 miles away.
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