Qatar Airways and gategroup have announced a new catering partnership.

The business management agreement aims for a collaboration on passenger dining experiences, sourcing and procurement, healthy eating, as well as sustainability.

The agreement covers inflight dining as well as dining services on the ground at the airline’s lounges at Hamad International Airport in Doha.

The Zurich-headquartered gategroup’s culinary team will be based in Doha and will aid in the development of a dedicated culinary studio for Qatar Airways, which will focus on co-creation and efficient menu design.

Qatar Airways said that the new culinary creations will focus on “high quality ingredients, health and nutrition, incorporating local produce with a view to sustainable sourcing, authenticity and supporting local businesses.”

The agreement also covers efficiency in production and systematic monitoring of food quality, taste and appearance.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive officer, Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said, “This partnership with gategroup will amplify the Qatar Airways brand by delivering refined culinary experiences for our guests, inflight and on the ground in our world class lounges at Hamad International Airport.”

Gategroup’s chief executive officer, Christoph Schmitz, added, “It is a journey of discovery, growth, and immense potential, and we firmly believe in the transformative power of collaboration, where two companies come together with shared visions and values to craft something truly outstanding.”

Meanwhile, another major airline – KLM – has begun using artificial intelligence to combat inflight food waste. The AI technology is being employed to help determine the number of meals that need to be loaded for any particular flight, based on the fact that not everyone who has booked actually ends up flying.