dnata Australia has signed a long-term agreement with Adaptalift GSE that will significantly upgrade the ground service equipment fleet currently owned by dnata via a programme of replacement, renewal and refurbishment.
The agreement sees Adaptalift GSE take ownership of the entire motorised fleet across the six Australian ports where dnata operates, combined with a full service and maintenance agreement. An extensive program of renewal is already underway, covering container/pallet loaders, pushback tractors, conveyor belts, baggage tractors, etc. with orders placed with major manufacturers. This agreement will also see dnata operating alternative power sources to the traditional diesel, with an all-electric baggage tractor fleet in Adelaide, as well as the introduction of vehicle telematics to improve operator safety and maintenance tracking, and proximity warning systems on certain items of machinery.
CEO of dnata Daniela Marsilli Australia said: “Our long-term agreement with Adaptalift enables us to expedite a significant modernisation of our ground service equipment across the country, as well as add innovative technological solutions in the areas of safety for our operators, clients and their aircraft plus protection of the motorised assets themselves. Our operating costs will improve along with increased utilisation and reliability, which ultimately improves service to our valued customer airlines.”
Group managing director of the Adaptalift Group Peter Whiffen said: “dnata in conjunction with Adaptalift GSE, has set the bench mark for the management of GSE in Australia, by offering real-time fleet management reporting, high levels of customer service, fully integrated fleet management systems utilising our best practices, and technological innovations integrating both the service and fleet.”
dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company provides ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services in 84 countries across six continents.