Austrian deal boosts catering options

The Austrian Airlines Group has closed a new contract with the listed company DO & CO, based on the purchase of the catering arm of Airest Restaurant- und Hotelbetriebsges.m.b.H. by DO & CO. And from the summer of 2007 onwards the passengers across the Austrian Airlines Group will have the opportunity to enjoy DO & CO inflight catering. In future DO & CO will also be responsible for the culinary treatment of business class passengers in the Austrian Lounges at the Vienna International Airport. The DO & CO brand is used exclusively for the Austrian Airlines Group in the airline business in Austria.

Asked about the single catering solution, Austrian Chief Executive Officer Alfred ?-tsch commented: “We are very pleased about this new development. With DO & CO as an internationally renowned top brand and Airest an experienced caterer, we as a client will benefit from the individual strengths of both companies. DO & CO stands for innovative catering, and is known for producing cuisine of the very highest standard nationally and internationally. For its own part, Airest brings vast expertise, the highest quality standards, the very latest production facilities and experienced and qualified employees, making it an exemplary company in every regard. During the quality, service and product offensive that we originally launched in 2006, DO & CO’s creative development of our catering will give the product fresh impetus and provide added emotional value. The focus will also remain on the specific strengths of Austrian, such as its typically Austrian character.”

DO & CO has successfully established itself in the hard-fought international catering market, and been able to position the brand in the top segment. DO & CO is ever-present at such prestigious events as Formula 1 racing, the Americas Cup and EURO 2008, and has been known for its lifestyle gastronomy for some years. Customers are known to particularly value the high quality of its products, its inspired visual presentation, top-level service and the company’s instinctive feeling for the latest trends.

Airest GmbH was sold by Austrian Airlines to the Italian SAVE Group in February 2006. The Austrian catering and gastronomic company serves over 10 million guests annually on board the aircraft of 40 different airlines, in 31 airport restaurants and bars inside and outside Austria, at numerous events and within companies.