Emirates Group-owned aviation services company, dnata, has signed a deal to buy the catering businesses of Qantas.
Subject to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) approval, the agreement will see dnata supply catering for Qantas flights for an initial period of ten years, while QF will continue to work with suppliers in menu design and development.
“Customers will continue to enjoy Qantas’ premium service, including unique Rockpool-designed menus for First and Business passengers, showcasing the best of Australian produce for millions of travellers each year,” Qantas Domestic CEO, Andrew David said.
“Together with dnata, we’ll continue to deliver the inflight food and beverage experience we know our customers value, just as we work with catering companies in offshore ports for our international flights.”
Qantas’ catering businesses include wholly-owned subsidiaries Q Catering Limited and Snap Fresh Pty Limited (together, “Qantas Catering Group”), and its sale will see some 1,200 workers join the dnata operation, which is a familiar sight at many airports around the world, including in Australia.
“By combining dnata’s network strength and international talent with Qantas’ domestic catering expertise, this will allow us to further grow our presence and deliver catering excellence to more customers across Australia than ever before,” dnata Divisional Senior Vice President of catering, Robin Padgett said.
“This includes investing in more infrastructure, starting with a new catering facility in Sydney.”
Q Catering has centres in four Australian ports – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth – while dnata currently supplies catering for Qantas Group flights in Adelaide, Canberra, London and Johannesburg.