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DHL lands multi million pound contract with British Airways

(PresseBox) (London, UK, ) British Airways, one of the world's leading premium airlines, has awarded DHL Exel Supply Chain, the world's leading logistics services provider, a multi million pound annual contract, to handle in-flight services for short haul and domestic flights from Heathrow. The 10 year contract will come into effect in April 2010.

DHL will be handling all short haul catering services for British Airways at London Heathrow in partnership with its subcontractor and leading food producer, Northern Foods, who will be responsible for preparing in-flight meals.

The contract will see DHL manage the supply chain for the entire in-flight service from kitchen to cabin. This will involve transporting up to 13 million meals per annum, in-flight retail and in-flight media and all items for passenger in-flight comfort. Through its specialist division Environmental & Compliance Solutions, DHL will also be responsible for the wash up and waste management operations as part of a commitment to develop an environmentally efficient supply chain and to help reduce the carbon footprint of the total operation.

Chris Jackson, Global Vice President Airline Logistics at DHL Exel Supply Chain, said: "We're thrilled to be working with BA on this significant contract. We believe our ability to handle complex supply chains across a range of sectors coupled with Northern Foods' excellence in food production is a winning combination for BA and its customers. We are committed to delivering operational excellence at great value to BA."

Simon Soni, General Manager, Catering Operations at BA, said: "This is an exciting time for us. We're confident that the partnership between DHL and Northern Foods will help us deliver an unrivalled service for our short haul customers at the UK's busiest airport, Heathrow. It will also increase supply chain efficiency - so it's great for us and great for our customers."

This contract builds on DHL's work in the aviation industry across airlines, airport operators and aircraft manufacturers, and substantiates the recent launch of its dedicated aviation sector offering. Since 2001, it has provided supply chain services to BAA through the Heathrow Consolidation Centre, which serves landside and airside retailers at the airport.

Northern Foods

Headquartered in Leeds, Northern Foods employs over 10,000 employees at 20 locations across the UK and Ireland. The Group historically emerged from Northern Dairies and in recent years has refocused on a small number of key markets. Led by Chief Executive Stefan Barden since January 2007, Northern Foods recently (November 11th) reported its half year financial results which showed sales growing by nearly 7% and profits at nearly £17million. It also showed that Northern has successfully responded to the economic downturn by delivering more value products across its customer base, alongside its traditional premium ranges. These include a number of new tertiary brands for its customers and the re-launch of San Marco pizza, in addition to working with the traditional discounters to develop quality products to appeal to the cash conscious consumer.

Northern Foods is a FTSE 250 business and one of the UK's leading suppliers of food across several key markets, driving sales primarily through the supermarket retailers and beyond.

About Deutsche Postbank AG

DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source.

DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations.

DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 bn euros in 2007.

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