Sunday, June 9, 2013

Freight Handling Company Wins Preferred Status with Major Air Cargo Carrier

Abu Dhabi Group Selects Worldwide Flight Services Group
Shipping News Feature

ABU DHABI – UK – BELGIUM – FRANCE- THAILAND – US – Etihad Cargo, the state of Abu Dhabi’s national cargo carrier, has appointed global ground handling agent Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) as its preferred handling partner for six of its international cargo stations, London, Brussels, Paris, Bangkok, Washington and Seattle. This agreement may be extended to take in other destinations at some later stage to other of the ninety two passenger and freight hubs the airline currently serves.

The two year agreement for preferred status was signed off only after WFS met the high service performance standards of Etihad Cargo and could assure consistency in quality across their regional operations. David Kerr, Etihad Airways Vice President Cargo, said:

“WFS is a leader throughout the aviation community, providing a broad array of quality and reliable ground services. The Etihad Cargo-WFS PHP deal will standardise the product and service we jointly deliver, strengthen our network operations, and will enhance the reliability and quality of ground handling services to our customers. It also raises the bar for other suppliers to join our Etihad Cargo PHP program. We look forward to developing this partnership into one of mutual confidence and trust, and maximising the returns on our commercial operations.”

Olivier Bijaoui, President and Chief Executive Officer of Worldwide Flight Services, echoed the Etihad executive’s sentiments saying:

“We are proud to have attained the status of a Preferred Handling Partner of Etihad Cargo at major stations in Europe, North America and Asia. We welcome a program that promotes high quality cargo handling procedures and world class service levels because it enables us to demonstrate the professionalism and consistency of our people and processes, and provide for ongoing growth opportunities. WFS stations around the world will work hard to showcase our service quality to Etihad Cargo and to further develop our relationship based on our proven ability to deliver the outstanding performance levels the airline demands for its customers.”

Photo: (L to R) David Kerr shakes hands on the deal with Olivier Bijaoui.