Airport Terminal Services (ATS) in partnership with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has won the aircraft ground handling and cargo warehouse handling contract for China Cargo Airlines' historic launch of direct cargo services between Lambert - St. Louis International Airport in the United States and Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
The new contract commenced with the launch of air services on September 23rd 2011. Operated by Boeing 777 and/or 747 freighter aircraft, the service represents the first phase in an economic development program planned by the Midwest-China Hub
Commission, a group of prominent Missouri-based associations dedicated to regional growth through international trade opportunities.
China Cargo Airlines is based in Shanghai and was established in 1998 as China's first all-cargo airline.
Commenting on the award, ATS President and Chief Operating Officer, Sally Leible, said: "We are immensely excited to be a part of this pioneering opportunity with the City of St. Louis to stimulate a new global trade lane with China. We have created a dynamic partnership by combining our 35+ year history of operating at the STL Airport with Worldwide Flight Services' specific knowledge of China Cargo Airlines to produce a winning result. "
Barry Nassberg, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of WFS, added: "It gives us great pleasure to have teamed up with ATS and to jointly play a part in serving China Cargo's landmark new service to St. Louis. Our long experience in serving China Cargo at stations around the world is an ideal complement to ATS' leading presence at Lambert - St. Louis International Airport. We're excited to be working with ATS and to serving China Cargo at its newest destination."
WFS is a leader in the provision of air cargo handling to airlines and forwarding agents across the world. As a current top business partner to China Cargo Airlines, WFS has earned a reputation of reliability and superior performance with the airline.
ATS is the hometown aviation service provider at STL, where it has operated for 35 years. ATS has an Agency Agreement with the St. Louis Airport Authority to provide a broad range of aviation services.