Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC)

Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC)
Project executed by
Envac Scandinavia / Envac Middle East
Project status
UAE / Kitchen

Envac’s catering waste Pneumatic Collection System operates at over 99% availability in an environment where efficiency is crucial to the success of Emirates operations.

Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) is the largest flight catering kitchen the world. Envac’s first system at EKFC started operation in 2003 and handles waste from 50,000 trays a day. Envac’s second system at EKFC started operation in 2007 and handles waste from 110,000 trays a day.

Envac’s third and forth systems are currently under construction. Upon completion Envac will handle waste from close to 500,000 trays per day.

Envac’s systems provide a fast and hygienic method of waste collection from an operation that is crucial to the on time performance of Emirates. Envac’s system has the capability to handle increased demand at peak times and frequently operates above its design capacity at an availability of over 99%. 

Envac’s system consists of both Ø323mm and Ø219mm diameter pipes and special dewatering systems at specific inlets to ensure that waste is collected and disposed of effectively.

"It is essential that the Middle East future proofs its infrastructure so that the region is able to meet the demands of high footfall not just today but also twenty five years from now. Envac provides us with the technology that allows us to do this whilst ensuring that the working conditions of our staff, the hygiene levels within our site and our waste handling procedures are amongst the best in the world.”
Raad Hulow, Assistant Vice President at Emirates Flight Catering


Summary of work

Phase 1 – Completed in 2005

Consists of the Envac system located in the ware wash area with waste inlets at the end of the tray conveyor and the stripping belts.

Phase 2 – Completed in 2007

Following the success of Phase 1 Envac was awarded a second contract for EKFC 1 which began operation in 2007.

Upgrade 1 – Completed in 2011

During 2011 Emirates installed another conveyor line. Envac upgraded the existing system and commissioned a new tray waste inlet.

Upgrade 2 – Completed early in 2013

During the end of 2012 and first half of 2013 system number four was added to cater for the new lines as part of the expansion of the catering facility. This system consists of one tray waste inlet and one trash chute and has been designed to accomodate a second tray waste inlet when the next upgrade phase is completed.

Basic project information
Project startup2005
In operation since2007
Basic system data
Type of systemKitchen Waste System
Application areaKitchen, Airport
Design capacity100 tons per day
Number of fractions1
Number of inlets21
Total metres of pipe1200
Type of wasteGeneral waste / Rest, Food/Organic waste, Packaging, Plastics