Under the agreement, Dubai-headquartered dnata is scheduled to supply catering for Qantas flights for an initial period of 10 years, and the Australian carrier is anticipated to continue working with key suppliers for menu design and development. The agreement is subject to approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Robin Padgett, divisional senior vice president, catering, dnata, enthused, "This agreement reflects our confidence in Australia as a market and the ongoing growth potential into the future.”
According to dnata, the new agreement will allow them to further grow their presence by delivering catering services to more customers across Australia than ever before. This is set to include more infrastructure investment, starting with a new Sydney-based catering facility.
Qantas’ catering businesses include wholly-owned subsidiaries, Q Catering Limited and Snap Fresh. Q Catering has centres at four Australian ports – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Meanwhile, Snap Fresh is a state-of-the-art meal Queensland-based production plant, specialising on Australian-made frozen meals for airlines and food retail industries.