Welcome to Episode 038 of the #PaxEx Podcast. Our guest for this episode is Nik Loukas, founder of the popular InflightFeed.com website, where he chronicles his experiences from around the world and sees the fun side of airline meals. Nik works as a training manager in Europe, assisting with training and product development projects specifically for airlines, and he has become a go-to source for media on the topic of onboard food & beverage.
Firstly, Nik has been featured in an article on Traveller.com where he rates the world’s best and worst inflight meals. In this episode, he tells co-hosts Max Flight and Mary Kirby what makes or breaks an inflight meal, and explains his criteria for rating meals. “I love an airline that has a story attached,” he says.
Next, Runway Girl Network recently highlighted the changes being seen on board Indian carriers – they’re moving in a healthier direction and featuring more Indian comfort foods in economy class. Nik discusses how inflight food is evolving around the world, and shares the regional trends he is observing. And Mary considers the health food trend in the context of airlines’ continued adoption of high-density aircraft seating configurations.
Last but not least, Nik is getting ready to pull back the curtain on how airlines source, prepare and deliver meals to passengers. He’s working on a full-length documentary film called “The Inflight Food Trip” to reveal a world that few passengers ever see. Nik talks about about the drivers behind the project and how passengers can support and get involved.