Auckland expansion is part of gategroup’s focus on strengthening core catering and in-flight services, underscored by several onboard-related customer agreements
AUCKLAND, July 1 – Gate Gourmet, the flagship brand of parent company gategroup, is pleased to announce that it is expanding its presence today in New Zealand to a full-service catering and provisioning operation, which includes last-mile delivery to aircraft.
Gate Gourmet upgraded from its previous asset-light operation in New Zealand by taking on the assets and business activities of catering provider Pacific Flight Catering (PFC). This gives airlines operating at Auckland Airport increased access to Gate Gourmet’s customized catering offering and internationally recognized quality of service.
“By strengthening our service offerings in the Oceania market, we are reinforcing our commitment to providing brand-differentiating menu designs and other onboard needs to airlines operating in this important region,” said Herman Anbeek, Group SVP & President of gategroup’s Airline Solutions Emerging Markets business.
At the 7,000 square-meter Auckland facility, Gate Gourmet will serve regional South Pacific and international carriers such as Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific), Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, China Airlines, Thai Airways, China Southern and Jetstar, which is the most recent addition to the customer portfolio.
The above expansion is part of gategroup’s ongoing focus to strengthen its core catering and in-flight services portfolio. In the last several weeks, the Group has reached a number of onboard-related agreements with customers across its suite of brands. Examples include the retention of in-flight catering by Gate Gourmet for Malaysian Airlines’ daily Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight, sandwiches for airberlin by Supplair, and Jetstar crew meals in Australia coordinated now by Pourshins, Supplair and deSter. Separately, Gate Gourmet also launched catering and provisioning services for Emirates Airlines’ new nonstop service out of Haneda, Japan, and Los Angeles, California.
In the spirit of optimizing its portfolio, the Group in June sold its non-core cabin cleaning, de-icing and aircraft exterior washing assets at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports to a provider that specializes in providing quality services in that arena.
About Gate Gourmet/gategroup
Gate Gourmet is a core brand of gategroup, the leading independent global provider of products, services and solutions related to a passenger’s onboard experience. gategroup comprises the following brands: deSter, eGate Solutions, Gate Aviation, Gate Gourmet, Gate Retail Onboard, Gate Safe, Harmony, Performa, Pourshins and Supplair. Shares of Zurich-based gategroup are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the symbol GATE. Please visit www.gategroup.com.