LSG Group Extends Joint Venture in Chengdu, China
Neu-Isenburg, Germany/Chengdu, China – The LSG Group has extended its joint venture (JV) contract with Sichuan Airlines in Chengdu, China, for a period of 20 years, culminating in 2037. Sichuan Airlines LSG Catering Ltd. was founded in 2000 in order to provide catering services at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), the major international airport in China’s Sichuan Province (southwestern China).
Today, 300 employees there deliver services to an average of 120 flights per day for 29 airlines, including hub carriers Sichuan Airlines, Chengdu Airlines and China Southern Airlines. The contract extension does not only secure the company’s partnership at the existing airport but also its presence at the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, which is expected to begin operations in 2023.
Having handled more than 46 million passengers in 2016, CTU is ranked among the world’s top 30 busiest airports and the fourth busiest in mainland China. Thanks to its enormous potential (there are15 million inhabitants in the Chengdu area) and the area’s economic attractiveness (more than 260 Fortune 500 companies have established branches in Chengdu), passenger growth is expected to continue.
“This long-term extension is proof of the mutual trust and solid cooperation that we have established with Sichuan Airlines over the past 17 years,” said HK Cheung, LSG Group’s RCOO Asia-Pacific, during the contract signing ceremony. “We are excited about further expanding our activities along with the prosperous development taking place at this strategic and highly important location.”
The LSG Group is the world’s leading provider of end-to-end on-board products and services. These include catering, onboard retail and entertainment, onboard equipment and logistics, consulting and lounge services. The company’s dedication to culinary excellence and expertise in logistics has led to its successful entry into adjacent markets like train services and convenience retail. Its catering activities are marketed under the “LSG Sky Chefs” brand name, through which it delivers 591 million meals a year and is present at 211 airports in 50 countries. In 2015, the companies belonging to the LSG Group achieved consolidated revenues of € 3.0 billion.