Friday, May 11, 2012

Catering revenue grows for dnata

The dnata division of Emirates Group noted its largest revenue stream from inflight catering during the past fiscal year topping out more than US$668 million and contributing greatly to a hefty profit year for dnata of US$220 million. 

The company was featured prominently in the most recent yearly report by Emirates Group, released May 10. The reason for the shift in revenues to catering primarily was the acquisition of Alpha Flight Group which will be featured for its operations in Gatwick in an upcoming issue of the PAX International e-newsletter. 

The company has a history that dates back to 1959 when it started as a small ground handling operation. Now, dnata has more than 20,000 employees spread across five continents. Late last year, dnata acquired a 50 percent share of the newly-formed Wings Inflight Catering service, which has operations in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Thai Airways are a few of its customers. 

A picture of Wings Catering trucks servicing an Emirates A380 can be found on the company's website