Dnata has struck a three-year deal with Lufthansa Group to support its airlines at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
The air services company has invested $4 million in equipment and hired 125 aviation professionals to provide support services to airlines and their passengers at the airport.
Starting this month, dnata is delivering ground-, and passenger handling, aircraft cleaning and de-icing services for four airlines of the airline group, including Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines.
Dnata now serves 14 airlines with a team of over 300 customer-oriented staff at IAD, managing 5,200 aircraft movements annually.
David Barker, CEO of dnata USA, said: “We are delighted to expand our long-standing partnership with Lufthansa Group at Washington Dulles. The airlines of Lufthansa Group all share our passion for safety, quality and service excellence, and we are proud to be their ground handler of choice at nine airports in the United States.
“We keep investing in our team, infrastructure and equipment to cement our leading position and continually provide the best possible services to all of our over 60 airline customers in the world's largest aviation market.”
Holger Bremes, director commercial airport infrastructure, Lufthansa Group, said: “Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines are excited to grow the North American relationship with dnata at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
“With our very positive service experience from destinations like BOS, LAX, SFO and JFK we are looking forward to providing first class service to our customers with our handling partner at Washington Dulles."
Dnata commenced ground handling and cargo operations in the United States in 2016. Since then, the company has invested more than $50 million in facilities, equipment, training and technology, while continually expanding its operations in the country.
A global air services provider and the trusted partner of over 300 airline customers, dnata offers ground handling, cargo and catering services at 127 airports in 19 countries.