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Inside IFSA
About IFSA

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the International Flight Services Association is a global professional association created to serve the needs and interests of airline and railway personnel, inflight and rail caterers and suppliers responsible for providing onboard services on regularly scheduled travel routes. IFSA's membership is dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of the multi-billion dollar inflight and railway onboard services industry.

Mission Statement:
Lead, develop and represent the global business interests of the onboard services industry.

To be the leading advocate for the advancement of the Global Inflight Service industry.

Strategic Objectives:
In order to serve the needs of the membership, we will:

  1. Grow Global Airline Engagement
  2. Positively Influence Regulations to Best Serve the Industry & Passengers In-flight
  3. Strengthen the Voice of the Industry

History of IFSA

The International Flight Services Association (IFSA) was officially launched in January 1966 when 43 industry pioneers attended the first commercial airline foodservice seminar at Cornell University. This seminar was the outgrowth of two previous meetings held at Cornell in 1964 and 1965.

From the first, the new association was guided by Dr. Gerald Lattin of Cornell who managed the affairs of the association until 1985. An annual conference has been held every year since 1966.