gategroup Signs Long-term Contract with SWISSBy Gategroup, PRNE
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
ZURICH, November 19 - gategroup, the leading independent provider of onboard products and
services to the world's airlines, has extended business for its Gate Gourmet
brand with Swiss International Airlines for three additional years until the
end of 2015. The deal covers a business spend in excess of CHF 600 million.
The contract is a long-term extension of an existing agreement and
includes service to the airline at Zurich, Geneva and Basel. SWISS operates
approximately 20 long-haul and 200 short-haul flights daily from the three
"gategroup and its member brands have strong momentum in the market, and
we are proud to continue our relationship with SWISS in the home country for
both of our companies," said gategroup CEO Guy Dubois. "SWISS is synonymous
with high quality, efficient service and this agreement reflects positively
on gategroup's capabilities and reliability as a partner," he added.
Philippe Op de Beeck, gategroup Senior Vice President and President
Europe and Africa region, said, "Last year Gate Gourmet and SWISS started
applying the 'Kaizen approach' of continuous improvement to those processes
in which the companies interact with each other. This close collaboration
with SWISS has strengthened our relationship and enables both companies to
simultaneously increase quality and reduce cost."
The agreement covers Gate Gourmet's services in meal catering, supply
provisioning, laundry, newspaper services, warehousing and maintenance of
technical in-flight equipment.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
gategroup is the leading independent global provider of onboard services
to companies that serve people on the move. gategroup comprises 11 member
companies, including its core brand Gate Gourmet. The company's world-class
capabilities are focused in catering and hospitality; provisioning; and
onboard solutions. Shares of Zurich-based gategroup are traded on the SIX
Swiss Exchange under the symbol GATE. Please visit www.gategroup.com.
Swiss International Air Lines serves 90 destinations in 42 countries all
over the world from its Zurich hub and the further Swiss international
airports of Basel and Geneva. SWISS is operating a 77-aircraft fleet.
Switzerland's national airline embodies traditional Swiss values such as
"personal service", "in-depth quality" and "typical Swiss hospitality" - we
aim to make each and every customer feel at home on our flights.
John Bronson of gategroup Corporate Communications, +41-43-812-2048, jbronson at gategourmet.com
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