Press Release: gategroup‘s new onboard dining introduced on Condor

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Condor, the Thomas Cook Group airline, is the first European airline to offer gategroup’s new dining concept on European flights.

The new onboard service experience aims to recreate restaurant-style dining by offering one full plate of appetizing food instead of a traditional airline tray filled with multiple, small elements.

Condor will offer this premium menu on short- and medium-haul flights with ten different single-plate dishes containing a greater amount of higher quality food. The new meal and tray concept reduces clutter on the tray, reduces packaging waste and makes handling easier for cabin crew. Thanks to its space-saving design, the new concept also frees up valuable galley space and fuel consumption is reduced due to less weight onboard.

gategroup’s culinary experts worked closely with Condor’s catering team and cabin crew to create a superior, restaurant-like dining experience for passengers. Christoph Brandstaetter, gategroup’s Regional Executive Chef Central Europe, oversaw the creation of international meal choices for health-conscious travelers, many of which are also suitable for people with special dietary requirements.

“We want to offer our passengers an unparalleled travel experience and we have taken their feedback very seriously,” said Tobias Kühne, Head of Catering Condor. “With this new onboard dining experience, we are able to offer our customers even more delicious food at the same price. Its cost-effectiveness in economy and premium class on short- and medium haul flights is unsurpassed.“

Herman Anbeek, President Americas, Europe and Middle East for gategroup said: “As passengers become more discerning, so are their expectations regarding the quality of meals onboard. Our onboard dining concept offers an innovative solution with advantages for airlines, passengers and cabin crew alike. We are excited about introducing this concept in Europe together with such a valuable partner and look forward to continuing a long and productive relationship.”

About gategroup
gategroup is the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. We provide passengers with superior culinary and retail experiences, leveraging our innovation and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, we deliver operational excellence through the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving 700 million passengers annually from over 200 operating units in 60 countries/territories across all continents. In 2017, gategroup reached CHF 4.6 billion in revenues with approximately 43,000 employees worldwide. For further information, please visit www.gategroup.com

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About Condor
Thomas Cook Group Airline, part of Thomas Cook Group, is one of Europe’s leading leisure airlines, operating from the three source markets Germany, UK and the Nordic countries. Under the brand Condor Flugdienst GmbH, the company has been flying its guests to the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world since 1956. With a fleet of 100 aircraft, the airline carries 18.5m customers per year to more than 130 destinations, generating revenues of £3.2bn. Its 8,500 employees put the customer at the heart of everything they do. The airline has received more than 60 awards in the past five years, showing the passion and customer focus of its colleagues around the world.

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