Delta to provide cargo handling for Virgin Atlantic at JFK, Boston
Delta Cargo will provide cargo handling for Virgin Atlantic at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport, Delta announced Friday.
It’s part of a multi-year cargo handling agreement that Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo entered into. The deal will go into effect Aug. 26 at JFK and July 15 at Logan.
Delta purchased a 49-percent ownership stake in Virgin Atlantic.
“We are delighted to be working with Delta because they are so well established at JFK and in Boston and share our focus on delivering the highest standards of customer service,” John Lloyd, director of cargo at Virgin Atlantic, said. “We will continue to offer full Virgin oversight at both facilities to ensure we provide a great customer experience and maintain the reliable and flexible service our customers expect from us. Both airlines are committed to making this partnership the best operational offering at the two airports. We want our customers to benefit from this move and to continue to make us their carrier of choice.”
JFK is Virgin Atlantic’s biggest cargo gateway in North America, with four daily wide-body flights and annual cargo volume of more than 22 million pounds.
Boston is another of Virgin’s main North American cargo markets, generating about 5.5 million pounds of freight ever year.
“This cargo handling agreement with Virgin Atlantic at New York-JFK and Boston represents another facet of the expanding relationship between our two airlines,” Tony Charaf, senior vice president and chief cargo officer for Delta Cargo, said. “We anticipate more growth potential from this innovative partnership.”