dnata and China Eastern Airlines have extended their catering partnership in Australia – dnata’s largest catering market – and the multi-year extension was agreed at an official signing ceremony in Shanghai.
“We are proud to extend our partnership with China Eastern Airlines,” said dnata catering Australia chief executive officer, Hiranjan Aloysius. “It is a vote of confidence in our world-class culinary team and testament to the investment we have made in delivering authentic cuisine right across Australia.”
The new agreement will see dnata and China Eastern work together across a range of inflight service initiatives, with a focus on further innovating and enhancing the creative, unique cuisine onboard.
China Eastern Airlines currently serves three cities in Australia, with 43 flights departing Australia each week in peak season.
Based in Shanghai, China Eastern Airlines is China’s second-largest Airline, carrying 121.1 million passengers in 2018, an annual increase of 9.3 percent. The China Eastern fleet consists of 533 aircraft, with a further 143 on order.
dnata is the largest inflight catering company in Australia, employing more than 3,000 people and serving more than 40 airlines from nine major airports.
dnata has invested significantly in growing its global catering network over the past 18 months, acquiring Qantas Airways’ catering division in Australia, 121 Inflight Catering in the United States and opening a new facility in Dublin, Ireland.
It now provides catering services from more than 60 global locations, across 12 countries. Further significant investment is planned over the next 12 months with the opening of seven new facilities in the US and continued enhancement of existing facilities and fleet in Australia.