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Finnair to sell off catering operations

Monday, 12 March 2012
Finland’s national air carrier Finnair announced Monday that it plans to sell its catering operations to in-flight services provider LSG Sky Chef, a subsidiary of the German airline company Lufthansa.
If the deal is approved by the Lufthansa board and Finnish competition authorities, some 650 employees currently working for Finnair Catering and Finncatering Ltd will be transferred to their new employer LSG Sky Chefs. Finnair will in future purchase its catering services from the German company.
LSG Sky Chefs is the world’s largest provider of airline catering and in-flight services and has 200 customer service centres in 50 countries. In 2010 it produced about 460 million in-flight meals for its customers.
Finnair said the deal will result in considerable annual savings and will support its ongoing programme structural changes aimed at achieving cost effectiveness and development of operational quality.
Finnair also announced that it has signed an agreement with the temping agency Adecco to provide flight crew. The first contracted flight attendants and stewards are to begin flying as summer workers at the beginning of June, after they complete training.
Source: Yle Finland

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