dnata invests in U.S. catering operations; opens five new catering facilities in 2019
- dnata commences catering operations at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the 4th U.S. airport in its catering network
- The Houston expansion is expected to create over 150 direct jobs with the company over the next 18 months
- dnata will open four additional catering facilities in the U.S. in 2019 growing its local team to over 700 dedicated catering professionals
Houston, 24 April 2019 - dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, continues to invest in its catering operations in the United States. The company has opened a new, 4,700 m² (51,000 ft2) facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and now offers quality catering services in Houston with a capacity of more than 10,000 meals a day.
dnata’s latest expansion will create more than 150 new jobs with the company. The launch customer is British Airways, which operates two daily flights from Houston.
Robin Padgett, Divisional Senior Vice President for dnata’s catering division, said: “We are delighted to open another best-in-class catering facility at a major U.S. airport. Our expansion into Houston once again underlines our commitment to the United States, where we see excellent business opportunities for dnata.”
“In 2019 we will continue to enhance our operations in the country by investing in new facilities and growing our team with highly-skilled, local catering professionals. We look forward to providing quality services and products to an increasing number of airlines in the U.S. ensuring an exceptional dining experience for their passengers on each flight.”
dnata expanded in the U.S. catering market in 2018 through the acquisition of 121 Inflight Catering. Besides Houston, dnata currently operates catering facilities at three U.S. airports, in New York (JFK), Nashville (BNA) and Orlando (SFB), serving commercial, VIP and private aviation companies, fixed base operators and charter aircraft operators.
In 2019, dnata will further enhance its operations in the country opening four additional catering facilities at the airports of Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO). By year-end, dnata will provide quality catering services at eight U.S. airports.
Over the past two years dnata has invested significantly in growing its global catering network. The company acquired Qantas Airways’ catering division and opened new catering facilities in Canberra and Melbourne in Australia, and Dublin in Ireland. This year dnata will further increase its global footprint by establishing operations in Vancouver, Canada.
As one of the world’s leading inflight caterers, dnata’s catering team now operates from 63 locations in 11 countries, producing over 320,000 world-class meals every day.