The new container is also deeper than the prior version, allowing it to hold saucier meal options. It also can better withstand the reheat process with the gravy-heavy options now on the menu.
"Developing eco-friendly packaging solutions that can improve quality of food has to take into consideration various challenges unique to the preparation of aviation meals. We are pleased to lend our culinary expertise and knowledge of food and packaging technology to collaborate with SIA to transform the travel experience". – Mr Kerry Mok, CEO Food Solutions, SATS
The paper-based offering dramatically reduces single-use plastics on board. And the new containers are notably lighter, helping to reduce fuel burn related to the catering.
Waste from the catering process will be returned to Singapore and processed at SATS, converting it pellets that can be used as refuse-derived fuel. Because it is processed on-site by SATS it reduces additional emissions tied to transport and incineration of the trash. This also represents a milestone in handling of international air traffic waste. Typically it is required by law to be incinerated rather than reused or recycled.