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Dnata focuses on global growth.

Dubai Dnata, the ground-handling arm of the Emirates Group, has announced an investment outlay of $70 million (Dh256.9 million) for global expansion.

"The investment will span Dnata operations in many of its businesses internationally, which now extends to over 38 countries and employs over 20,000 staff," the company said in a statement.

"The spend will include a variety of major investment projects around the globe which have been identified and planned to help teams maintain their level of service and in fact exceed expectations of all its customers." Dnata, formed in 1959, has played a crucial role in helping develop the aviation industry in Dubai.

Top of the game

This year, Dh142 million has been allocated for ground-handling operations in Dubai -- where dnata handles some 150 airlines. Most of this money will go into purchase of essential Ground Support Equipment (GSE) including aircraft pushback tractors, container/pallet loaders for all wide-bodied aircraft, air conditioning units and ground power units, the company said.

"At a time when costs in the aviation industry are on the rise and our clients are feeling the pinch we know we need to stay at the top of our game," said Gary Chapman, President, dnata.

"We need to have the most modern equipment, the best facilities and the most innovative and reliable business processes to ensure we maintain a high level of efficiency and give customers good value for money.

"We have examined every aspect of our business and are now making the investments we believe are needed to bring all operations into line ...."

Another notable investment has been the purchase of a new SideBull ambulift to improve the travel experience for passengers with reduced mobility.

Iraq: Dnata's Erbil operation is expanding steadily, with investments worth $1.5 million being raised to cope with growing business demands. A brand new cargo facility is about to open in addition to a maintenance facility for GSE.

Australia: Dnata's Melbourne facility, expected to cost approximately A$5 million (Dh18.75 million) will raise the bar for the Australian cargo industry. It will have a complete new structure with modern equipment and facilities and is expected to be fully operational by 2012 first quarter.

Singapore: Dnata will enter a new business segment in Singapore by expanding its product offering with the opening of two new passenger lounges at Changi International Airport.

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Date:Nov 15, 2011
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