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About this project

Hello Kickstarter community! 

Did you know that KFC fried chicken was once a completely legitimate inflight meal? Would you have guessed that highly trained chefs, in some of the strictest and most professional kitchens in the world, are the ones making your economy class omelet? 

Think about what you had for lunch last Tuesday. Unless it was on an airplane, there’s a great chance that it did not nearly approach the forethought, extreme precision, and expert preparation of a simple airline meal. These meals, whether good or bad, are special in their own right and I believe they are an integral form of inflight entertainment as well as the travel experience. 

I'm Nik and, back in 2012, I started www.inflightfeed.com as an online guide for passengers looking for more information on what they were being served on flights. The site includes menu information, special meals details, as well as blog posts from my travels around the globe as an airline food taste-tester and trainer.

I've traveled on over 350 flights since starting the site and been quoted as an airline food expert in Vogue, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, ABC News, and USA Today.

Recent article written about me in Vogue
Recent article written about me in Vogue

I've also contributed articles on the topic to CNN and Yahoo Travel, and have a regular column in Onboard Hospitality, a leading industry publication.

For several years now I've wanted to put my explorations and experiences in airline cuisine in motion by creating a documentary that goes behind the scenes to reveal the extraordinary work behind delivering a meal to your seat, in flight.

Last summer I decided it was time to make to make this dream project of mine come alive, and I selected James Mellor from Rainbow Trout Films. Mellor is from the UK and has spent the last 15 years in the Film & TV industry. James has worked on a slew of productions, including: Harry Potter, Last of the Summer Wine, London’s Burning, Wheeler Dealers, Car of the Year, and The Real Holiday Show, to name a few. He started Rainbow Trout Films www.rainbowtroutfilms.com back in 2010 and now creates award-winning projects for clients including Sky, Yahoo!, Primark, and many more.   
 
THE DOCUMENTARY

This project will be a 90-minute, feature-length documentary on the backstory of airline food, including the history of the first meals (served in 1919!) and how technology and tastes have evolved to make the meals you eat today. The stars will be airlines, inflight caterers, cabin crew, frequent flyers, and the general public. James and I recently flew out to Riga, Latvia to visit Air Baltic and to film the initial Kickstarter video.

James and I in Riga
James and I in Riga
Nice hat, James!
Nice hat, James!
Filming inside a Boeing 737 Air Baltic aircraft
Filming inside a Boeing 737 Air Baltic aircraft

WHICH AIRLINES AND CATERERS ARE INVOLVED?

Having shared my idea within the industry, I've received nothing but positive feedback and, as you can see below, we have a great range of companies that will be highlighted in the documentary. Each has their own unique story to tell and has been chosen for that reason. This list is not final, as I'm still talking with a number of airlines and inflight caterers. As these approvals come through, I will update the list. 

Confirmed:

SATS - We will go behind the doors of the largest inflight caterer at Singapore-Changi Airport, who creates and delivers thousands and thousands of meals every day to some of the world’s best airlines.

Air France - An economy class tasting session at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport will delve into the little-known practice of meal upgrades.

SAS - Interviews with some of the airline’s catering staff to see how they plan their meals for a worldwide network.

Kullaflyg Airlines - This airline is well known to offer organic meals on their flights within Sweden. We’ll go behind the scenes, to interview farmers and local producers for this highly specialized operation.

Air Baltic - We will set up a food truck (or tent) in central Riga and surprise people on the street with the airline’s pre-order meals.

Turkish Airlines - Filming will be in an Airbus A340 mock-up in Istanbul, showcasing how the airline trains their signature onboard chefs together with their catering partner, DO & CO.

Qantas - Interview with the airline’s celebrity chef Neil Perry in Sydney and a session on Australian cuisine and inflight meals at the Qantas Centre.

Cathay Pacific - We'll take a look at the airline’s highly regarded First Class service while visiting their crew training and catering headquarters in Hong Kong.

OnAir Dining Stansted, London - We will have a rare look at how the other half lives with a visit to this caterer for private and corporate jets.

Pegasus Airlines - Flying on a low-cost carrier doesn’t necessarily mean horrible food, and Pegasus is an example of one airline that understands this. I've arranged a special flight between London and Istanbul to surprise and serve passengers with meals and find out what they think of the concept of pre-order meals while traveling on the cheapest tickets.

WE WANT YOU TO GET INVOLVED!  

All supporters will receive a token of our gratitude. Without your help there is no project, and I want you to participate in it. I've managed to arrange special access for extras to come join us on set (and inflight) during the filming, while experiencing some special access.

Visit us in Hong Kong, Istanbul, or Singapore: Come to the set and be our business or first class test passengers. Sit back and relax while the crew serves you meals and experience what it's like to travel in style with access to a place even the highest-paying passenger never see: aircraft cabin simulators.

Be our taste testers in Paris or London: Come to Air France to taste the latest meal upgrades for economy class passengers in Paris or aim higher, as our corporate inflight meal taste tester at OnAir in London.

Join the surprise in London or Riga: Help us surprise passengers on a flight from London to Istanbul as we hand out free meals, or help us engage people on the street in Riga with the latest pre-order meals from Air Baltic.

THE FILMING SCHEDULE

Filming will begin around August 2016 and is organized into five sections. The first section covers the UK and is planned for August 2016. Section 2 covers the USA and is planned for October 2016. Section 3 covers Europe and is planned for September/October 2016. Section 4 covers Turkey and is planned for October 2016. Finally, section 5 covers Asia/Australia and is planned for September 2016. Most visits to airlines and catering companies require an entire day on-site, depending on filming difficulty.

THE BUDGET

Travel costs are a HUGE part of this project and the budget covers all flight costs as well as 30+ nights in safe accommodations convenient to the filming locations, meals, and travel incidentals. James will be paid a daily rate for the filming of the production, and I have taken into account Kickstarter fees and reward fees to come up with the amount that is needed to fund the project. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch! Thanks for stopping by and reading this.


Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges chiefly surround our busy travel schedule, since there is the possibility of travel delays and issues. Access to mock-up training cabins at airline headquarters are subject to the scheduling and training needs of the airline, which is why we include weekend filming as a possibility. Another challenge is getting everyone required for each shoot at the right place and right time, which will be accomplished through organization and open communication. As a back up, I have factored in an additional day at major locations just in case.

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