AMERICAS: Polar Air starts weekend flights to Oz

With its line-haul agreement with DHL now operational, Polar Air Cargo has looked to the US-Australia market to supplement its income. The US all-cargo carrier has launched Saturday flights from Wilmington to Sydney with B747-400F aircraft. Under the agreement with DHL, which came into effect in late October, Polar provides line-haul for DHL from Asia […]


With its line-haul agreement with DHL now operational, Polar Air Cargo has looked to the US-Australia market to supplement its income. The US all-cargo carrier has launched Saturday flights from Wilmington to Sydney with B747-400F aircraft.

Under the agreement with DHL, which came into effect in late October, Polar provides line-haul for DHL from Asia to North America between Mondays and Fridays, but is free to utilise the aircraft for other commercial enterprises over the weekends.

Although the recent air cargo downturn has changed the picture, the last couple of years has seen a capacity shortage from North America to Australia. Of the US carriers, United Airlines is the lone remaining passenger carrier, while US main-deck lift is down to FedEx and UPS.

Polar’s move into the market is limited to the southbound sector with the freighter heading up to Asia for its weekday flight to the US for DHL after Sydney.