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Gate Gourmet Expands To Germany


Gate Gourmet to buy five airline catering units in Germany

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May 06, 2008

ZURICH, Switzerland - Gate Gourmet, the world's
largest independent airline catering and logistics provider and a member of
gategroup, has agreed to purchase airline catering units in five cities
from Air Berlin and SCK Sky Catering Kitchen GmbH.

In addition, Air Berlin, Germany's second largest airline and the third
largest carrier in the European leisure market, has agreed to a new
long-term catering contract with Gate Gourmet in Germany and the rest of
Europe.

The flight kitchens included in the transaction are located at
Dusseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Munster/Osnabruck, Leipzig/Halle and Paderborn.
The five facilities serve approximately 18,000 flights total a year, with
Dusseldorf the largest single unit at approximately 10,000 flights
annually.

The five-city operation, which is formally named SCK DUS GmbH & Co KG
Dusseldorf, is a joint venture between Air Berlin and SCK Sky Catering
Kitchen GmbH Bordverpflegung & Co Service KG, Ulm. SCK Sky Catering Kitchen
GmbH Bordverpflegung & Co Service KG, Ulm continues to operate its
facilities in several other German cities.

"We are very pleased to include these five facilities into the Gate
Gourmet portfolio. They are an important strategic addition to our network,
and we see them as a key acquisition in our long-term strategy to secure
Gate Gourmet's position in the German airline catering market," said Guy
Dubois, President and CEO Designate of gategroup, the umbrella brand
representing Gate Gourmet and 10 other brands.

"The addition of Air Berlin's catering business at its busy Dusseldorf
hub and the new multi-year contract with the airline elsewhere
significantly strengthens our relationship with this fast-growing and
innovative European carrier," said Philippe Op de Beeck, gategroup Senior
Vice President & President of the Central Europe, Middle East & Africa
region.

"With Gate Gourmet, Air Berlin found a global partner that perfectly
suits our worldwide flight network. The optimized purchasing will grant us
synergetic effects," said Thomas Ney, Senior Executive Inflight Service Air
Berlin Group.

The transaction is subject to review by competition authorities in
Germany. Terms of the agreement are confidential.

Gate Gourmet to buy five airline catering units in Germany
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