today launched Carry-On Cuisine, a new service that enables travelers to order meals online from restaurants they know and trust and have the food ready for pick-up prior to boarding their flight.
Cardinal Technologies, partnered with Sabre to host part of the site and airport-based dining establishments to offer the meals. Initially, the service will be offered at Washington, D.C.`s Reagan National Airport (DCA). During the first quarter of 2003, the service will expand to airports in Providence (PVD), R.I., Newark (EWR), N.J. and to New York City`s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport. Expansion to all major US airports is expected by mid-2003.
“Teaming up many excellent airport-based restaurants and Sabre will enable Carry-On Cuisine to deliver on its promise of convenience and great food,” said Earl M. Furfine, CEO of Cardinal Technologies, Inc. “Everyone has a favorite type of food - from salads and soups, to sandwiches and burgers. Now they can get it fresh and fast, before or after their flight, regardless of how tight their schedules are.”
“Industry analysts from R. W. Mann & Co have recently shared their opinions publicly that travelers are looking for alternative sources to purchase carry-on food that is both fresh and reasonably priced,” said Greg Webb, senior vice president of Product Marketing for Sabre. “This relationship fosters another opportunity for Sabre to provide its travel agency customers with a valuable service that travelers desire.”
Travelers can access Carry-on Cuisine via the web at carryoncuisine.com
to select their meal from a participating restaurant located in the departing or arriving airport.
Travelers who booked their travel through a Sabre Connected travel agent can also access the service through the Sabre Virtually There
Web site, or by visiting their travel agent.
While placing an order, users can provide special instructions for their order. For example, they can tell the restaurant to hold the ketchup on an order. Next, customers specify when they would like to pick up the order. Then, they pick up the meal at the specified time (or earlier).