WFS bags Airbus Beluga handling contract in Getafe
October 3, 2017: Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been selected by Airbus to handle its giant Beluga A300-600ST Super Transporter at Airbus facilities in Getafe, Spain.
In consequence, WFS has opened a new station inside the Airbus facilities in Getafe, which will see the aircraft operating between Getafe and the other Airbus plants in Europe on an almost daily basis. WFS is responsible for marshalling, towing, and other aircraft services. The WFS team also will be in charge of levelling the aircraft perfectly to connect it to its integrated loading dock at the airport facility.
The Airbus Beluga features one of the most voluminous cargo holds of any civil or military aircraft flying today and provides a unique way to transport oversized air cargo. The company’s fleet of five Beluga airlifters plays a key role in keeping its production and assembly network operating at full capacity – with the fleet’s overall pace of operations growing to support production ramp-ups.
Jacobo Sitges, WFS’ Ground Handling Director for Spain, said: “As the world’s largest air cargo handler WFS handles freighter services for customers all over the world. However, there is no doubt that being part of a complete Beluga turnaround within the industrial environment at Getafe is very special indeed as it connects with its huge loading dock and is very efficiently loaded with new aircraft parts. We are very proud that Airbus has given us this opportunity and also enabled us to add another station to our global network with a dedicated team to support the Beluga flying program.”