Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has secured a contract from Zongteng Group to handle its freighter flights at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) International Airport in France.

Under the contract, WFS will handle the group’s new Boeing 777 freighter flights, which will deliver a 15,000tpa cargo capacity.

It will be responsible for providing ramp and cargo handling services for flights at the airport.

Zongteng operates these cargo flights in collaboration with Central Airlines.

With this new Shenzhen-Paris freighter route, the company aims to tap the potential of Sino-European cross-border trade.

WFS France Cargo vice-president Laurent Bernard said: “WFS is proud to be using its ramp and cargo handling expertise at Paris CDG to support the launch and growth ambitions of Zongteng Group’s new 777 freighter services.

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“The strong growth in demand for cross-border e-commerce capacity from China to Europe requires more cargo capacity, as well as the support of fast and reliable handling on the ground in order to meet customers’ service expectations.

“We are confident this partnership between Zongteng and WFS will deliver these high service standards.”

As one of the leading providers of cross-border e-commerce services via its sub-brands, namely YunExpress; Elogistic; and Worldtech, Zongteng Group reported a turnover of €3.85bn in 2021.

In the third quarter of this year, Zongteng Group aims to add a second Boeing 777F and further increase its Shenzhen-Paris CDG operations to six to eight flights a week.

With this addition, its available capacity is expected to reach 28,000tpa.

During this month, China’s SF Airlines appointed WFS to manage its new freighter services at JFK International Airport in New York.