: Global air services provider dnata, a concern of Dubai-based Emirates Group, has signed an agreement to acquire Qantas' catering businesses.
The agreement is subject to approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Qantas' catering businesses include wholly-owned subsidiaries Q Catering Limited and Snap Fresh Pty Limited. Q Catering has centres in four Australian ports - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, with its largest airline customer being Qantas.
Snap Fresh is a state-of-the-art meal production plant in Queensland, specialising in Australian-made frozen meals for airlines and customers in the healthcare and food retail industries.
Under the agreement, dnata will supply catering for Qantas flights for an initial period of ten years, and Qantas will continue to work with key suppliers in menu design and development.
Dubai-headquartered dnata already operates 11 catering facilities in Australia, currently trading under the dnata catering brand (recently rebranded from Alpha Flight Services). dnata employs more than 4,000 people in Australia across its catering, cargo and ground handling businesses.
Over the past 12 months dnata has invested significantly in growing its global catering network. Its most recent milestones include the opening of a catering facility in Dublin, Ireland, the opening of its US$50m Melbourne catering facility and an agreement to acquire New York-based caterer 121 inflight catering. It is also currently constructing a facility in Vancouver, Canada.