AUSTRALIAN airline Qantas has awarded an important three-year cargo handling contract to US business Worldwide Flight Services.

WFS is said to be the largest provider of ground and cargo handling services at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

As part of the deal, WFS is to handle some 3.4m kilos a year for the Australian national airline, which operates seven A380 passenger flights a week from the airport to Sydney as well as a weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service.

According to WFS the new agreement covers ground handling services for Qantas’ passenger operations and cargo and ramp handling for its freighter flights.

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WFS senior vice president Ray Jetha said the contract was a good result.

“Qantas’ decision to award us this important new contract reflects the reputation we have established as the premier service provider for leading airlines at Dallas/Fort Worth due to our operational processes, priority focus on safety and security, business transparency and technological advances,” Mr Jetha said. The WFS client base at Dallas/Fort Worth also includes AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Air China, Air France-KLM, Avianca, British Airways, Cargolux, China Airlines, Emirates Airline, Frontier Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, Korean Air, Nippon Cargo Airlines and USPS.

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