Qatar Airways and gategroup launch new partnership to elevate inflight dining and deliver “refined culinary experiences”


Qatar Airways and gategroup have announced a new catering partnership to elevate inflight dining. They will collaborate on passenger dining experiences, procurement, healthy eating, and sustainability.

Qatar Airways and gategroup have announced a new catering partnership to elevate inflight dining, structured through a Business Management Agreement that will see collaboration on passenger dining experiences, sourcing and procurement, healthy eating, as well as sustainability. Qatar Airways’ commitment to global aviation excellence will be reinforced by gategroup’s expertise in menu design, culinary concepts and operational excellence.

“This partnership with gategroup will amplify the Qatar Airways brand by delivering refined culinary experiences for our guests, inflight and on the ground in our world-class lounges at Hamad International Airport,” said Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer.

gategroup’s culinary team will be based in Doha and will contribute to the development of a dedicated culinary studio for Qatar Airways, which will facilitate innovation, co-creation and efficient menu design. The new culinary creations will focus on high quality ingredients, health and nutrition, incorporating local produce with a view to sustainable sourcing, authenticity and supporting local businesses.

“We are genuinely honoured to walk this path alongside Qatar Airways,” said Christoph Schmitz, Chief Executive Officer, gategroup. “It is a journey of discovery, growth, and immense potential, and we firmly believe in the transformative power of collaboration, where two companies come together with shared visions and values to craft something truly outstanding.”

The elevation of culinary quality will be underpinned by robust processes around menu development, efficiency in production and systematic monitoring of food quality, taste and appearance. Through this collaboration, the airline will explore additional revenue streams and optimise operational and commercial efficiencies.

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