Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has more than doubled its cargo handling operation at Boston-Logan International Airport to cater for new contracts with Lufthansa, SAS and Swiss International Air Lines.
WFS established its presence in Boston 12 years ago and had been operating from a 30,000 square foot facility on behalf of three major customers; American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia.
Following the successful bid for the new Cargo Building 62 in the South Cargo Area, it has added a further 22,500 square feet of warehousing plus over 26,000 square feet of truck docking, equipment storage and office space.
When seeking a tenant for the new building, Massachusetts Port Authority said the successful bidder needed to demonstrate their commitment to safe and efficient use of the facility and the ability to deliver timely customer service using advanced systems and technologies.
WFS chief executive officer for the Americas, Michael Duffy says: “We are proud that Massachusetts Port Authority awarded us the lease to this impressive new cargo facility and to be welcoming three such prestigious airline customers to Cargo Building 62.”
“We have a well-established business in Boston already and this new investment reinforces our position as one of the largest cargo handlers at the airport.”
As well as investing in the new warehouse and office construction, WFS has equipped Cargo Building 62 with duel x-ray screening equipment and CCTV monitoring systems, and the building has been equipped with new forklift trucks and weighing systems, as well as racking and a cooler facility for perishables.
WFS will handle Lufthansa’s 21 Airbus A330 and A340 flights a week from Frankfurt and Munich, to be reduced to 14 for the winter season, while Swiss has also chosen WFS to manage cargo carried onboard up to 14 weekly frequencies to and from Zurich.
SAS has awarded WFS a three-year agreement to manage cargo handling for its four Boeing 737-700 flights a week connecting Boston with Copenhagen.
The SAS and Swiss contracted started in September and Lufthansa will transfer its contract to WFS in October.