United Airlines picks WFS to service Cape Town
Nov 13, 2019: United Airlines has chosen Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) to handle cargo for its maiden non-stop route by a US-based carrier from New York/Newark to Cape Town.
United has signed a three-year contract with WFS’ Cape Town office for its three-times weekly Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights. The flights are scheduled to depart from Cape Town every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. This new seasonal route will start on December 15, 2019 until March 28, 2020.
“For WFS to be selected as United’s partner in Cape Town is testament to the high service standards we strive to achieve. The WFS team in Cape Town take great pride in the quality of service we deliver for our airline customers and look forward to contributing to the success of United’s new route. The airline is a welcome addition to our growing business in South Africa and this direct cargo capacity to and from New York will be a great boost for the local cargo community,” said Malcolm Tonkin, general manager-cargo for WFS in South Africa.
WFS handles over 65,000 tonnes of cargo annually in South Africa, both in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Earlier this month, WFS had become the first air cargo handling company in South Africa to be awarded Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certifications for its temperature-controlled pharma facilities, aligned to ISO9001:2015, in Johannesburg and Cape Town.