Royal Air Maroc signs partnership with Servair, the world’s leading catering company
On Monday 11th February 2013 in Casablanca, Royal Air Maroc and Servair signed a strategic partnership agreement to run its aircraft catering activity. In the terms of this agreement, Servair, the world’s third largest aircraft logistics and catering and operator, acquired 40% of the capital of ACAS (Atlas Catering Airlines Services), until now a 100% subsidiary of the national Moroccan airline.
ACAS will henceforth be called Atlas Servair.
The forming of this partnership is part of Royal Air Maroc’s commitments with regard to the State in the programme contract signed between the two parties in September 2011. The national company’s restructuring plan provides for several actions including its refocusing on air transport, and outsourcing activities that are not at the heart of its core business. The agreement will also enable Royal Air Maroc to make use of its strategic partner’s expertise and worldwide network to reduce the cost and improve the quality of its catering services for the national company as well as developing the activities of its subsidiary Atlas Servair.
Atlas Servair employs 750 people and owns three units based in Casablanca, Marrakesh and Agadir with a production capacity of 35,000 on-board meals per day for around twenty airlines including Royal Air Maroc.
The agreement was signed following an invitation to tender last June by Royal Air Maroc to select an internationally-recognised strategic partner.
The world’s seven major players in the aircraft catering services sector responded to the invitation to tender, at the conclusion of which Servair’s bid was chosen.
With over 9,100 employees globally, Servair is the world’s third largest operator in the aircraft catering services sector. Working in 19 countries and 54 airports on four continents, Air France KLM’s subsidiary company has 120 airlines among its clients. In 2011, it served almost 84 million on-board meals with 1,000 menus and 5,300 recipes.
The signing ceremony was presided over by Abderrafia Zouitene, the CEO of Royal Air Maroc, and Servair’s CEO, Michel Emeyriat.