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The new name in catering is one of the oldest. (Caterair International) (company profile)

Caterair, which will continue to do business as Marriott In-Flite Services, takes aim on the world. By Danna K Henderson.

Potomac, Md.-The name is slightly different but the people and facilities-and the quality for which the world's largest airline caterer is noted-remain. So says Daniel J. Altobello, the 48-year-old chairman, president and CEO of Caterair International d/b/a Marriott In-Flite Services.

The corporate hierarchy has, however, become considerably more visible and voluble since it moved out from under the conservative stewardship of Marriott Corp. Altobello, who heads the management group that acquired Marriott's airline-catering arm for $600 million last December, is happy to chat at length about the present activities and future plans of his company, which was founded in 1937 "and is being reborn this year."

Most of those activities and plans involve the international arena, which is where Altobello believes the primary growth opportunities lie for Caterair, a company that he characterizes as "the only caterer in the world committed to the world market and with an effective world presence." Also, most involve joint ventures with non-U. …

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