Flying Food Delivers With Hybrid Truck

Regenerative brake system provides power to truck and scissor lift.


“Every business that is out every day conducting business in a large public space like an airport is also interested in ways to reduce carbon emissions,” Brown adds.

At the end of the day, Global’s scissor lift and the rear body supplied on the Navistar engine and chassis doesn’t care how it’s lifted.

Global originally entered the catering and cabin service truck business in 1998. Global manufactures a wide range of scissor-lift trucks to service every type of aircraft from small regional airplanes to large wide-body aircraft. With varying height and width ranges from 89 inches to 228 inches, the body styles include stainless steel, aluminum and fiberglass reinforced plywood. Global’s line of aviation catering and cabin service lift trucks is designed with an exclusive scissor lift along with two single-stage hydraulic lift cylinders.

Since 1998, the company has sold more than 200 units to major airlines and in-flight catering companies across the country and internationally.

Global’s scissor lift and rear body are on many of the Flying Food Group trucks that operate from 18 production kitchens throughout the United States and one in Shanghai, China, delivering $369 million in annual food service to 70 airlines and other retail customers, such as Starbucks.

The company counts some of the best-known international airlines, such as Air France, British Airways, JAL and Lufthansa, as customers and produces more than 300,000 meals and snacks daily.

Owner Sue Gin founded the business in Chicago in 1983 to provide passenger meals for a single domestic carrier out of Midway Airport. She later expanded to ORD. Under a decades-long partnership, her company and Air France’s catering arm Servair jointly operate kitchens at five gateway cities in Chicago, Miami, New York, Seattle and San Francisco.

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