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China Cargo Airlines launches service to St. Louis and awards handling contract to ATS and WFS partnership

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 MidwestChina Hub Commission, a group of prominent Missouribased 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 allcargo 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.


About ATS

ATS serves 38 airports in the United States and Canada with over 2,200 employees. Now in our 36th year of operation, we are committed to delivering to the aviation community quality services by maintaining the highest level of safety and supplying efficient, effective staff.

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About WFS

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is a world leader in ground services for airlines and airports, providing cargo handling, passenger, baggage and ramp services. It is the world’s largest cargo handler with 3.5 million tons of cargo handled per annum. WFS serves 300 airlines globally and more than 50 million passengers a year. It employs over 10,000 staff at 121 airports in 20 countries and reported revenues in 2010 of €580 million.

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