WFS bags 18-month contract with Ukraine International Airlines
Ukraine International Airlines has awarded Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) an 18-month cargo handling contract in Milan.
Ukraine International Airlines has awarded Worldwide Flight
Services (WFS) an 18-month cargo handling contract in Milan. Starting on 1
April 2021, WFS will handle cargo onboard the airline’s three Boeing 737
flights per week, with further increase in volume to daily in June 2021,
connecting Milan’s Malpensa Airport with Kiev.
WFS operates the most modern cargo terminal at
Milan-Malpensa, having invested in a new 8,800 sq. mt. facility, which opened
in late 2018. The building has the capacity to handle 47,000 tonnes annually
and is fully equipped with the latest cargo handling systems as well as a cool
zone for temperature-controlled shipments such as pharmaceuticals. In line with
all WFS’ global stations, it also adheres to the highest standards of safety
Most recently, WFS has also invested to upgrade the capacity
of the terminal’s temperature-controlled cargo facility to accept ULDs.
This is WFS’ second contract win in Milan in a matter of
months. In December, WFS, the world’s largest air cargo handler, also announced
a new agreement with Asiana Airlines to handle its three Boeing 747 freighter
flights per week from the Italian airport to Seoul. This boosted WFS’ volumes
at Malpensa by a further 15,000 tonnes a year. Overall, WFS now handles 11
airline customers in Milan, also including American Airlines, Air Europa, China
Eastern, China Cargo, Air Serbia, and BlueAir.
“Despite the disruption in the aviation market, WFS
continues to invest in its handling capacity and services in Milan-Malpensa
because this is a very important airport in our global network and we see
strong growth potential both now and in the future. We are delighted to welcome
Ukraine International Airlines as a new WFS customer and we still have the
capacity to grow further as the market recovers,” said Massimiliano Introini,
managing director of WFS in Italy.