INTERNATIONAL. gategroup and Norwegian have strengthened their relationship by signing a long-term global retail-to-catering  agreement.

Effective immediately, Swiss company gategroup’s “one-stop retail solutions provider”, gateretail, is the global operator of all retail business onboard Norwegian flights worldwide.  Gate Gourmet becomes Norwegian’s preferred vendor for airline catering on the long-haul network, including the serving of an initial 19 catering stations.

gategroup CEO Xavier Rossinyol: “This multi-year contract further strengthens our market-leading position in Scandinavia and underscores our successful business transformation in one of our key markets”

Norwegian has grown to become the sixth-largest low-cost carrier in the world. It has been working with gategroup for over 16 years. The airline operates a young fleet of almost 150 aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 737 MAX, serving over 150 global destinations. More than 33 million passengers flew with Norwegian during 2017.

gategroup CEO Xavier Rossinyol said, “We are excited to continue supporting the global expansion and commercial innovation of this quality-driven and rapidly growing airline.

“This multi-year contract further strengthens our market-leading position in Scandinavia and underscores our successful business transformation in one of our key markets.”

“Strengthening the cooperation with the industry-leading inflight catering and retail partner allows us to pillar our existing route network in Europe, Asia and the US, and to support our growth and expansion plans into new markets such as Latin America and the Far East,” said Norwegian Head of Inflight Services, Bjørn Erik Barman-Jenssen.

“This global partnership agreement underscores our continued commitment to the relationship with gategroup.”