Emirates - the biggest long-haul airline in the world - gave the Herald an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at its massive food operation and drinks programme at the Dubai hub from where it flies to 140 destinations. One of the airline's top executives explains why it got into the wine business and has gone on to be one of the world's biggest champagne buyers, the big changes coming up as the airline faces pressure from its competitors and he fronts up on the challenge facing all airlines - serving up the perfect omelette at 40,000 feet.

Joost Heymeijer has a simple

Into the $40m inner sanctum

Cooking for 225,000 - every day

Airline food of the future

Inside Emirates giant flight kitchen