Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Sky Chefs
Date of plate: 1953
Notes: Sky Chefs Inc. was incorporated in Texas in 1942 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines to provide in-flight food and beverage catering services.
The business was sold in 1986, and in 1993, LSG, a company owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Lufthansa German Airlines), acquired 23 percent of Sky Chefs and changed its name to LSG Sky Chefs. It is still in business today (2017).
The notation inside an undated matchbook, shown below, shows Sky Chef Restaurants located at the following airports: Baltimore Municipal, Buffalo Airport, Greater Cincinnati Airport, El Paso Municipal Airport, Fort Worth's Meacham Field, Knoxville-McGhee-Tyson Airport, Little Rock's Adams Field, Nashville Municipal Airport, Oklahoma City Municipal Airport, Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport, Syracuse's Municipal Airport, Tucson Airport and Tulsa Municipal Airport. At that time, the main office was located at 122 East 42nd Street in New York City.
The design depicts a small flying chef with red outline glancing back at the skywriting airbrushed words Sky Chef in gray.