Air service provider dnata has announced the launch of a new catering facility in Canberra, Australia. Boasting over 2000sqm of floor space, the AUD $6.5m facility features a large kitchen built over two levels, six chill rooms, a deep freeze, storeroom, as well as a preparation area for ‘plating up’ meal.
Constructed to meeting the rising demands of Australia’s aviation market, the new facility will supplement dnata’s current delivery of 60,000 inflight meals in Canberra every month.
In addition to addressing the demands of the company’s current customers, which includes commercial airliners and government transport, the new site will also enable dnata to branch out into new markets.
Commenting on the facility launch, Hiranjan Aloysius, CEO of dnata catering Australia, shared: “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.”
Entering in the Australian inflight catering market back in 2010, dnata established its presence with the acquisition of Alpha Flight Group. Back in November 2018, the company further expanded with the acquisition of Qantas Airways’ catering businesses.
To date, dnata is able to deliver its catering services from each of its 15 facilities across Australia. The company holds contracts with 45 airlines at nine airports, which it delivers on through a team of over 3,000 staff.