Chinese cargo carrier SF Airlines has contracted Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) to handle its new scheduled freighter services at JFK International Airport in New York, US.

SF Airlines is introducing twice-weekly Boeing 747-400F flights on the route. Previously, the company provided ad hoc charter services from Hangzhou to New York.

On an annual basis, WFS looks to handle approximately 12 million kilograms of cargo under this contract.

WFS cargo JFK – business development VP Rinzing Wangyal said: “WFS is proud to be supporting the development of SF and its own cargo operations in North America and Europe and to be contributing to the airline’s growth through the high-quality handling services our local teams provide. SF is an important and growing customer for WFS globally.”

Besides New York, WFS is the handling partner of SF Airlines at two major US airports, namely Los Angeles and Huntsville International Airport in Alabama.

WFS was initially appointed to handle cargo for SF’s charter flights at JFK in 2019.

The company serves SF in its Building 73, which is one of seven multi-tenant WFS cargo operations, at the airport.

The 52,000ft² building is equipped with a multi-tier ETV system and a connected ramp with parking for one Boeing 747 freighter.

SF will leverage WFS’ ePic warehouse management system as it starts the scheduled cargo services.

The air cargo logistic provider plans to add 350,000ft² in capacity in New York in the third quarter of 2024.

Separately, WFS also unveiled that it is cutting down emissions tied to cargo and ground handling operations at its seven airport stations across Spain under the ‘Our Sustainable Flight Path’ programme.

In Spain, 89% of the company’s cargo handling-linked GSE fleet and 30% of its ramp handling equipment is electric.