Posted on: 19 February 2018 by Alexander Preston
Gate Gourmet has become the sole service provider for Virgin Australia, under a six-year relationship which will also see gategroup expand its Virgin Australia portfolio by 40%, allowing both companies to drive operational and cost benefits while delivering continued improvements to the in-flight passenger experience.
Virgin Australia’s catering operations will now be aligned with one strategic supplier, creating greater efficiency and control of on board food and beverage offerings.
Xavier Rossinyol, gategroup chief executive officer commented, “This is an exciting evolution of our relationship with Virgin Australia, which was voted Best Airline in Asia Pacific 2017 by Skytrax World Airline Awards. We are extremely proud to work with such a celebrated Australian airline. gategroup’s ongoing relationship with Virgin Australia further strengthens its position as a leading airline caterer in Oceania region, leveraging our commercial and retail innovations. It’s an exciting time for the industry and for pushing boundaries on what inflight meals and services can be.”
gategroup currently works closely with Virgin Australia’s head chef Luke Mangan to deliver the airline’s renowned business class meals across domestic and international flights.
Group executive Virgin Australia Airlines, Rob Sharp added, “Food and beverage is such an important part of the overall travel experience and this relationship with gategroup will enable us to take our in-flight dining experience to new heights. We are in the process of transforming the Virgin Australia food and beverage offering and today’s announcement will enable us to bring benefits to our guests more quickly. gategroup has been an excellent partner of ours for a number of years and we look forward to working with them more closely to provide the world’s most rewarding travel experience.”
The relationship will be effective from late June 2018, when Gate Gourmet will transition to the full service provider for Virgin Australia.