AIRBRIDGECARGO (ABC) Airlines has become the launch customer at Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) new cargo terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (H-JAIA) in the United States, writes Thelma Etim.

Under the three-year contract, the ground operator will handle some 9,500 tonnes of cargo annually from 100 B747-400ERF flights orchestrated by the outsize cargo airline which is part of Russia’s Volga Dnepr Group.

The news follows the ground operator revealing last month that it has opened a 100,000-sq ft cargo handling centre at H-JAIA­ – the first new building in more than 30 years at the Georgia air transport hub.

Mike Simpson, executive vice-president for the Americas region at WFS, points out that AirBridgeCargo is an important and growing customer of WFS globally. “Through multiple contracts in the USA and in Europe, we are consistently proving our ability to deliver the service excellence that ABC demands for its customers, as well as our expertise in supporting the airline’s portfolio of special cargoes services, including for pharmaceuticals and oversized shipments,” he says.

“The airline and its customers are the first to benefit from WFS’s investment in the new cargo terminal and handling systems at Atlanta and we welcome them as our launch client.”

The Atlanta business extends the Russian all-cargo carrier’s partnership with the ground handler in North America. WFS already handles ABC’s airfreight shipments at New York JFK, George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH) and at Dallas/Fort Worth.

Caroline Pappas, director of sales for the North American region at AirBridgeCargo Airlines, points out that the 2020 year put air cargo at the forefront of the global air transport industry by demonstratng its ability to display resilience and agility. “Together with reliable and trustworthy partners such as WFS, we are happy to contribute with high-quality services for our customers, both in the USA and beyond, in particular for special cargoes such as healthcare, hi-tech and e-commerce [shipments].

“Together with WFS, we will be able to offer dedicated logistics solutions at the quality levels that our customers and market expect us to have. Furthermore, through the capabilities of the new Atlanta terminal, we will support our existing customers in a range of industries, as well as attract new ones,” Pappas adds.

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