Singapore Airlines extends UK cargo partnership with WFS

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Worldwide Flight Services is now providing UK trucking services for Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has extended its cargo partnership with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in the UK through a new contract for domestic trucking services connecting 18 regional offline airports.

Cargo handler WFS has provided cargo handling for Singapore Airlines in the UK since 2015 in support of its passenger and freight services from London Heathrow and Manchester airports, including trucking services between the two airports as well as offline handling across all of WFS’ other UK stations.

The company now handles over 45,000 tonnes per annum for Singapore Airlines, which currently operates 30 flights a week ex Heathrow and seven weekly services from Manchester using a combination of Airbus A350 and A380 and Boeing 777 and 747F aircraft.

With the awarding of the new domestic trucking contract, Singapore Airlines will now access WFS’ 600 road transport services per week serving 18 other UK regional airports. WFS services every airport with overnight services 5-7 days a week.

“WFS is delighted to be extending its partnership with Singapore Airlines in the UK to include the airline’s regional transport requirements. The airline is already a major customer of our UK operations and this new contract will enable us to support Singapore Airlines’ continued growth in the UK market by giving its customers across the country fast and seamless access to its wide choice of passenger and freighter flights,” said Jennifer Smith, WFS’ UK commercial director – cargo & ground handling.

WFS has recently invested to expand its UK transport fleet to 28 tractor units and 31 trailers to support the 50,000 tonnes its moves annually by road in the UK.

The fleet includes Q7 curtain-sided and Q6 refrigerated units as well as and rollerbed temperature-controlled trailers with ‘Carrier Vector 1950’ temperature management units. 

In October, WFS also secured new cargo handling contracts in the UK with All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Nouvelair.

At the beginning of the month, aviation services company SATS finalised its funding plan for the proposed acquisition of WFS.

WFS wins two UK cargo handling deals

SATS secures funding plan for WFS takeover

 

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]