Royal Holdings to open in-flight meal plant in Naha
Fukuoka In-flight Catering Co., an affiliate company of Royal Holdings that manages restaurants and hotels across the county, is planning to build a plant near the airport in Naha to produce in-flight meals. The new plant is scheduled to begin operations in July 2015 at the International Logistics Special Zone near Naha Airport.
Royal Holdings decided to set up its new plant in Okinawa because flights to and from Okinawa are expected to increase together with the number of tourists visiting the prefecture. In addition, the second runway at Naha Airport is scheduled to open in 2020 and bring another major boost to the number of visitors.
The total floor space of the plant including a warehouse and office will be 1,520 square meters. The construction is scheduled to start in November, at an estimated cost of about ¥300 million. The plant will produce 600 to 700 meals a day to start with, and that could be boosted up to 2,500 meals per day if and when necessary. The sales target is ¥10 billion per year.
The company plans to hire a staff of 100 workers from Okinawa for the plant. It plans to cook meals using Okinawan ingredients, and also meals prepared according to Islamic ‘Halal’ rules. Royal Holdings is currently negotiating deals with air carriers.