Ground handling specialist dnata, one of the world’s largest combined air services providers, has announced it has won contracts with two carriers who have recently entered the UK market.
At Manchester Airport, Airblue, operating its first widebody A340 operation from Pakistan has signed a multi-year agreement for dnata to service its cargo handling business. The carrier, which flies four times a week to both Islamabad and Lahore will be utilising dnata’s UK handling network and inter-airport trucking service.
Ghulam Raza Channa, Airblue’s Country Manager, UK, commented: “We were impressed by the partnership arrangement offered by dnata. We felt it was a real alternative in the market place and one that will help launch and grow our cargo product on this route.”
Meanwhile, dnata’s London Heathrow operation is now providing cargo handling services for Aeromexico’s three times a week Boeing 767 operation to Mexico City. As part of the agreement, the airline will also have the ability to connect its London Heathrow service to the wider UK regional airports network by utilising dnata’s inter-airport trucking services.
Gary Morgan, CEO of dnata’s business in the UK said: “Our teams at London Heathrow and Manchester provide an excellent level of service to our airline customers and this reputation and commitment has helped build strong partnerships with carriers we currently handle and has played a major part in our success in winning new business. We look forward to working with both Airblue and Aeromexico to help them establish their
businesses in the UK market.”
Following a re-brand last year and a new uniform for staff earlier this year, dnata has also had recent senior management changes. Gary Morgan has been appointed as CEO, UK and Mohammed Akhlaq joined as Business Development Director, Cargo.