Neu-Isenburg/Germany – LSG Sky Chefs, the world’s largest provider of in-flight services, has been awarded a contract extension with Virgin America through 2013. LSG Sky Chefs has been supplying exclusive catering services to Virgin America since the launch of the airline’s operation in August 2007. The company will also continue to manage Virgin America’s equipment.
As part of the catering contract extension agreement, LSG Sky Chefs will continue to provide catering services, as well as menu and catering specifications, galley diagrams, and scheduling in the following U.S. locations: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Washington-Dulles, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco. In addition, as Virgin America expands their business, they will begin flight service from Orlando International Airport effective August 2010, at which time the in-flight service provider will provide service as part of the partnership.
Pat Berkelbaugh, LSG Sky Chefs Senior Vice President Sales & Services, comments: “This is an excellent opportunity to build on an existing foundation of a robust relationship. We are ready to support Virgin America as they grow in size, capacity and reach. We are confident LSG Sky Chefs can provide them with the best products and services to fit the growing demand.”
“We’re pleased to renew our partnership with LSG Sky Chefs to manage our in-flight catering needs,” said Frances Fiorillo, Senior Vice President of People and In-flight Services at Virgin America. “Together, we’ve designed award-winning new menus that have brought a fresh take on in-flight dining to the domestic skies – and we look forward to continuing to work with LSG Sky Chefs to take our onboard food offering to new heights.”
The fruitful collaboration with LSG Sky Chefs also enabled Virgin America to capture a list of travel industry best-in-class awards, including “Best Domestic Airline for Food” in Travel + Leisure 2009 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey and the World Airline Entertainment Association’s “Best Single Achievement in In-Flight Entertainment” for Red’s on-demand food menu.