dnata opens Canberra catering facility

Monday, 21 January, 2019

dnata opens Canberra catering facility

Air services provider dnata has opened an AU$6.5 million state-of-the-art catering facility in Canberra that will help the company create capacity for further growth in Australia.

Built over two levels, the kitchen in the 2000 m² facility includes six chill rooms, a deep freeze, storeroom and an area for ‘plating up’ meals.

The company entered the Australian inflight catering market with the acquisition of Alpha Flight Group in 2010. Since then, it has expanded its operations in the country through organic growth and acquisitions, including purchasing Qantas Airways’ catering businesses in November 2018.

dnata offers catering services from 15 facilities in Australia, serving 45 airlines at nine airports with a team of over 3000 employees. It currently prepares more than 60,000 inflight meals in Canberra every month, serving a wide range of customers from commercial airlines to charter airlines. The new facility will help further diversify its customer portfolio by expanding its offering into new markets.

Hiranjan Aloysius, CEO of dnata catering Australia, said: “Following the successful completion of our acquisition of Qantas’s 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.”

Top image: (left to right) Hiranjan Aloysius, CEO of dnata Catering Australia; Robin Padgett, Divisional Senior Vice President, International Catering, dnata; Alistair Coe, MLA, Leader of the Canberra Liberals; and Stephen Byron, Managing Director, Canberra Airport, celebrate the opening of the new Canberra facility. Credit: dnata.

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