Vietnam Airlines has appointed Bangkok Flight Services (BFS), the joint venture subsidiary of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in Thailand, as the new cargo handler at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
BFS, which won the contract following an airline tender, will handle around 12,000 tonnes of cargo annually for Vietnam Airlines, which operates Airbus A321, A350 and Boeing 787 flights from Bangkok to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam Airlines currently operates between five and seven passenger cargo flights per week between the two countries. The schedule is expected to increase once Covid quarantine rules are lifted in Thailand and Vietnam and passenger travel resumes thereafter. It will also provide additional freight capacity for the high volumes of general and perishable goods traditionally transported by road.
Stewart Sinclair, Managing Director of BFS, said, “The addition of Vietnam Airlines to our customer portfolio in Bangkok is a very significant win for our cargo operation. The airline is successfully supporting its customers with scheduled passenger cargo flights each week and we look forward to seeing airline operations expand and cargo volumes increase as Covid restrictions are eased.
In 2021, Vietnam Airlines also selected WFS as its new cargo handling partner in Amsterdam, initially supporting the airline’s Airbus A350-900 passenger cargo aircraft flights connecting freight forwarders, importers and exporters in Amsterdam and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Vietnam.
BFS was established in 2004 as a joint venture between WFS, the world’s largest cargo carrier, and Bangkok Airways. It is the main independent operator of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, where BFS also provides comprehensive passenger and ramp services. Before Covid, BFS handled more than 230 flights a day for more than 60 airlines and some 475,000 tonnes of cargo per year in its 55,700 m² cargo terminal at the airport.