Airline catering service provider TajSats is planning to venture into home delivery of meals. This comes at a time when there is a drastic fall in air travel leading to the suspension of many flights.
The flight caterers are already reeling under a huge crisis due to the pandemic as their business has been badly hit since February.
“We have an aggressive growth plan to expand the portfolio and diversify into non-aviation catering. TajSats has also launched a new brand, Anuka, a multi-cuisine virtual restaurant available on the Qmin (Taj Hotels food delivery app) in Mumbai and Delhi. It will offer gourmet delight to guests in the comfort of their home,” said Manish Gupta, CEO of TajSats told TOI.
He further added that TajSats has also launched a new brand of chocolates (Asa) and Indian sweets (Ishri) which are going to be available throughout the year for retail sales on ecommerce platforms.
Before the pandemic, TajSats claims it was catering to over 3.7 lakh flights annually and serving more than 2.3 Cr meals in a year or over 67,000 meals served onboard daily.
The company provides in-flight catering at Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Goa and Bengaluru.
“The numbers have dropped as meals were not being served in airlines for the first six months of the lockdown. Meals onboard have started from September however with many restrictions like serving cold meals (on domestic flights), pre-plated meals to business class passengers and limited international flights operating. We expect the numbers to resume, once travelopens up,” he added.
Earlier, in May this year, the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) had joined hands with TajSATS to provide food to frontline Covid-19 workers including doctors and other healthcare professionals.
Under this initiative, the company provided financial assistance of about INR 64 lakh to TajSATS for supply of high quality and hygienic food to the doctors and medical staff of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi on daily basis for a period of 60 days beginning May 25.