Airline catering is a competitive business where food is processed and handled on an industrial basis. RFID systems allow processes to be optimized starting as early as the kitchen. Recently, with the introduction of the Airbus A380 Super Jumbo, the tracking processes had to be extended into the airplane itself, mainly because the distribution of meals needed to follow a precisely planned timeline.
RFID enables the exact correlation between passengers and their meals. The automated processes in the kitchen are extended into the cabin, where specific meal orders are associated with a cabin section and seat. RFID will also be used to support new meal selection processes for customers in business and first class.
RFID tags must be inexpensive and available in numerous shapes and housing styles so that they can be attached to all kinds of trays and catering containers. On the plane, the data on the RFID tags must be accessible during the heating process inside of an induction oven.
Each meal will be heated for the precise time necessary. As oven adjustments are automatic, meal distribution is optimized, which in turn improves the customer experience. By optimally using each oven, the number of ovens on board can be reduced, thus opening up valuable floor space for paying passengers.