Dubai-based air service provider dnata, has announced its intent to purchase the remaining 50 per cent of its UK in-flight catering joint-venture, Alpha LSG, from the LSG Group.
The acquisition will make dnata the sole owner of the UK’s in-flight catering, on-board retail and logistics company, a statement said.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, the statement said.
Alpha LSG, established in 2012 by dnata-owned Alpha Flight Group and LSG Sky Chefs, has revenues of more than £290m. It employs 3,500 people in 15 airport catering facilities and two central production facilities across the UK.
Alpha LSG annually produces over 30 million meals and serves over 160 thousand aircraft owned by its 80 customers, the statement said.
dnata’s expansive catering division has over 10,000 employees who offer catering, in-flight retail and F&B solutions worldwide.
Robin Padgett, divisional senior vice president, dnata, said: “We appreciate the strong partner we have had in LSG over the past seven years, and are excited to build on our success and bring Alpha LSG’s employees into the dnata family.”
“This move will help to secure the continued growth of Alpha LSG and we look forward to a smooth transition while we continue our day-to-day operations,” said Jochen Müller, chief operations officer, LSG Group.
In 2018, dnata was awarded a licence to provide flight catering services to airlines departing Canada’s Vancouver International Airport, marking the company’s entry into the Canadian market.
Additionally, in 2018, dnata announced the acquisition of the catering business of Australian airline Qantas, including the wholly-owned subsidiaries – Q Catering Limited and Snap Fresh Pty Limited.