Worldwide Flight Services to handle new SF Airlines freighter services at JFK Airport

By Rebecca Jeffrey

WFS will handle SF Airlines’ new scheduled B747-400F freighter services at JFK. Photo: WFS

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 B747-400F flights from Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, to New York, US.

WFS expects to handle some 12,000,000 kilos per annum for SF, which previously operated only ad hoc charter services on the route.

The ground handler is SF Airlines’ handling partner at three major US airports, namely Los Angeles and Huntsville International Airport, the largest commercial airport in North Alabama, as well as 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 the third quarter of 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 provide three more ramp parking positions for cargo aircraft.

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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]