dnata Australia signs long term agreement with Adaptalift GSE


Australia, 22 February 2018 - dnata Australia has today signed a long term agreement with Adaptalift GSE that will significantly improve the ground service equipment fleet currently owned by dnata via a programme of replacement, renewal and refurbishment.

The agreement sees Adaptalift GSE take ownership of the entire motorised fleet across the six Australian ports where dnata operate, combined with a full service and maintenance agreement. An extensive programme of renewal is already underway, covering container / pallet loaders, pushback tractors, conveyor belts, baggage tractors, etc. with orders placed with major manufacturers. This agreement will also see dnata operating alternative power sources to the traditional diesel, with an all-electric baggage tractor fleet in Adelaide, as well as the introduction of vehicle telematics to improve operator safety and maintenance tracking, and proximity warning systems on certain items of machinery.

Daniela Marsilli, CEO dnata Australia said: 

This is very exciting news for both dnata Australia and Adaptalift GSE. Our long term agreement with Adaptalift enables us to expedite a significant modernisation of our ground service equipment across the country, as well as add innovative technological solutions in the areas of safety for our operators, clients and their aircraft plus protection of the motorised assets themselves. Our operating costs will improve along with increased utilisation and reliability, which ultimately improves service to our valued customer airlines.”

Peter Whiffen, Group Managing Director of the Adaptalift Group, said:

“Adaptalift GSE is delighted to be awarded a total fleet management contract for the dnata GSE fleet across Australia. dnata in conjunction with Adaptalift GSE have set the bench mark for the management of GSE in Australia, by offering real time fleet management reporting, high level of customer service, fully integrated fleet management solutions utilising our best practices and technological innovations integrating both the service and fleet offering. We now look forward to a mutually beneficial long term relationship consolidating Adaptalift GSE as market leaders in the GSE sector.”

dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company ensures the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 129 airports. Offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services in 84 countries across six continents, dnata is a trusted partner for over 400 airline customers around the world. Each day, the company handles over 1,700 flights, carries over 7,700 tonnes of cargo, assists over 235,000 passengers, books over 19,000 hotel stays, and uplifts over 320,000 meals. |

dnata’s operations in Australia began in 2007 as a joint venture. Since 2015 dnata in Australia is a fully independent, 100% owned operation and has grown to become the nation’s largest independent ground handling services provider operating at all major airport across the country.

Today dnata Australia employs over 1,800 staff and provides passenger services, ramp handling and cargo handling to more than 24 international airlines.