Airline catering services provider dnata has unveiled a new facility in Canberra, Australia.
This move aims to expand dnata’s catering operations globally. The company has invested A$6.5m ($4.67m) in the new facility, which will be used to increase capacity for further growth.
Spread across 2,000m² of floor space, the new facility’s kitchen features six chill rooms, a deep-freezer, a storeroom and an area for preparing meals.
dnata catering Australia CEO Hiranjan Aloysius said: “Following the successful completion of our acquisition of Qantas’ catering business, we are thrilled to celebrate another significant milestone in Australia.
“This facility enhances our ability to delight our customers and their customers, accelerates our growth, and expands our market offering.
“It also supports our growth in non-airline markets, from retail supply to large-scale food supply opportunities.”
The facility will allow dnata to expand its services to new markets and further diversify its customer portfolio. The company currently provides more than 60,000 in-flight meals in Canberra to various customers from commercial airlines to charter airlines.
In 2010, dnata entered the Australian in-flight catering market with the acquisition of Alpha Flight Group.
Since then, it has expanded its operations through acquisitions and organic growth, including the purchase of Qantas Airways’ catering businesses in November last year.
Through its hospitality brand marhaba, the company also operates a premium airport lounge at Melbourne Airport.
It currently has 15 facilities across Australia with more than 3,000 employees serving 45 airlines at nine airports.