Halal Compliance is a must for flight catering with the growing needs of passengers and the diversity involved. We strongly believe that In-flight Halal food may bring new tourists to India to explore Indian rich heritage, culture, food and Indian hospitality.
Fresh findings by a study conducted by Crescent Rating and Dinar Standard that the Muslim tourists’ spending is growing faster than the global average, forecasted to reach US$192 billion a year by 2020, up from US$126 billion in 2011. In today’s highly competitive business world, a halal audit process and certification not only add laurels to the unit but also helps one to fulfill the primary commitment to serve meals of the highest standards and to deliver quality in-flight services to the customers. The halal audit process covers all aspects of preparation and production, from slaughtering, processing and handling, right to storage and transportation, as well as cleaning, sanitation and disinfection plus other related management practices.
Soon, all in-flights meals from India will be halal certified according to the industry’s most stringent food safety and quality standards. This follows the announcement by two major Indian airline caterers, TajSATS and SkyGourmet, to be fully halal compliant within a month, a move which will surely expand the potentials of halal tourism within the South Asian country. To be certified by Halal India and monitored by a Malaysian Airlines halal certification and compliance officer, the latest addition is expected to bring in new groups of tourists to India who demand premium meal quality and high standards in their food. Professor Bilal Jonathan Wilson, a thought leader in halal branding, sees a positive incentive for airlines to draft a resolution for the IATA to amend the current code. “The term ‘halal’ has become the norm and is associated with food consumption, with many products now carrying halal labelling—so to not conform with that today means loss in business”