Meiko’s HQ in Germany has announced that it will supply the warewashing equipment for a brand new facility being opened by Emirates Flight Catering.
The business, which is 90% owned by UAE carrier Emirates, is due to open a second catering facility at Dubai airport next year and three of Meiko’s giant M-iQ warewashers are set to form the backbone of the warewashing operation.
Meiko has been working in close collobaration with io-consultants, a German planning and consultancy firm, which is overseeing the design of the project.
It is understood to have specified the equipment for its energy efficiency, user-friendly operation and sophisticated filter technology. The contract includes a longer drying zone in the machines specifically tailored to Emirates‘ requirements. It wants everything to come out completely dry, including gastronorm containers and plastic boxes, to meet stringent hygiene parameters.
"We‘ve been doing business with Emirates Flight Catering since 1988 and we’re tremendously proud to have this opportunity to develop the relationship further through this major contract," said Klaus Engesser, head of exports at the Offenburg-based manufacturer.
Emirates Flight Catering serves 105 airlines at Dubai Airport and is on track to produce more than 53 million meals this year.
From next year, Emirates Flight Catering will service more than 105 airlines at Dubai International Airport. Currently, the daily average catering uplift is 145,000 meals to 360 flights.
Each of the three M-iQ machines is 13.5 metres long with a width of one metre and a passing height of 2.4 metres. Due to their size, the machines will need to be assembled on-site.