Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been appointed to handle SF Airlines’ new scheduled freighter services at New York’s JFK International Airport.
The Chinese airline is operating twice-weekly Boeing 747-400F flights from Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, to New York. WFS expects to handle some 12,000,000 kilos per annum for SF, which previously operated only ad hoc charter services on the route.
WFS is SF Airlines’ handling partner at three major US airports, namely Los Angeles and Huntsville International Airport, the largest commercial airport in North Alabama, and New York. The contracts in LAX and Alabama were awarded in October 2020 and 2022, respectively.
In New York, SF is served in WFS’ Building 73, one of seven multi-tenant WFS cargo operations at JFK. WFS was originally appointed to handle cargo onboard SF’s charter flights at New York JFK in 2019.
WFS’ Building 73 is a 52,000-square-foot facility housing a multi-tier ETV system and a connected ramp with parking for one Boeing 747 freighter. With the start of scheduled cargo services, SF will be fully onboarded to WFS’ ePic warehouse management system, using their new 921 air waybill prefix to give customers greater visibility of their shipments.
“WFS is proud to be supporting the development of SF and its own cargo operations in North America and Europe and to be contributing to the airline’s growth through the high-quality handling services our local teams provide. SF is an important and growing customer for WFS globally,” said Rinzing Wangyal, VP Cargo JFK – Business Development at WFS.
Outside of North America, the two companies also partner in Liege, Frankfurt, and Paris CDG.
In Q3 2024, WFS will add a further 350,000 sq ft of cargo capacity in New York to add to its existing 650,000 sq ft footprint, with its tenancy of the first new cargo terminal to be built at JFK in 20 years. With a capacity to handle more than 350,000 tonnes, the new Building 260 will be a state-of-the-art warehouse operation and provide three more ramp parking positions for cargo aircraft.