RFS Supplier Wallenborn Strengthens its Position on the Arabian Peninsula

The Luxembourg-headquartered transport company has extended its strategic partnership with SAS Sharjah Aviation Services which commenced in 2013. This extension is because the throughput of air freight is steadily increasing in Sharjah and the neighboring Arabian Emirates, including the portion of goods that are destined to local consignees, thus not just transited in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah to be flown onwards.  A fertile breeding ground for suppliers of road feeder services like Wallenborn.

Frantz Wallenborn
Frantz Wallenborn

It’s an impressive fleet of trucks that Wallenborn Transport S.A. owns and operates in the Arabian region meanwhile and built up in a relatively short time. According to President and CEO Frantz Wallenborn, in Sharjah alone - leaving Dubai out - they number currently 20 vehicles. Trailers and mega-trailers equipped with roller beds for rapid loading and unloading processes round up the capacity offering to the local market. “There is growing demand in the entire region for reliable and fast provisions of goods. In view of this positive perspective we are confident that enlarging our ties with our partner SAS Sharjah Aviation was a step at the right time,” states Frantz. A move, the manager hopes will pay off financially within a fairly short time.

The network extends to main GCC destinations
Frantz emphasizes that SAS Sharjah Aviation and Wallenborn offer general cargo and temperature controlled road feeder services of air freight to all relevant airports located within the 6 member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and selected international destinations. This includes trucking services to 12 stations across the region and an estimated annual RFS volume of some 130,000 tons of cargo.

Both partners will further focus on innovative RFS solutions to improve the quality and customer experience in transit and at Sharjah and clearance of air cargo shipments for the benefit of the involved industry.

Wallenborn trucking fleet at Sharjah Airport  -  pictures Wallenborn
Wallenborn trucking fleet at Sharjah Airport - pictures Wallenborn

SAS Sharjah handles large cargo volumes
Mohammad Al Zaghlawan, General Manager at SAS Sharjah Aviation Services, said on the extension of the cooperation: “Leadership in quality, reliability and efficiency are at the heart of our strategy and customer promise. We pride ourselves on the performance standards of our Warehouse Operations itself, and as a natural extension of our RFS services; is therefore that one of our most important decisions is the selection of our partners, and the commitment we jointly define. In the service industry this means that we truly live our partnership.”

SAS Sharjah Aviation Services Ltd. provides ground services for around 10 million passengers and handles 250,000 million kilograms of cargo a year on behalf of some over 100 client-companies in the aviation industry.

Wallenborn LLC, the U.A.E. branch of Wallenborn Transports S.A. started operations in the UAE in Dubai in July 2013 and added a second office in Sharjah a few months later. All in all Wallenborn operates a fleet of 650 units in 35 countries in Europe and the Middle East.

Heiner Siegmund

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