Qantas bucks trend with Asian perishable trade
Australia and New ZealandÃ¢â‚¬™s perishables exports have helped keep Qantas Freight in good shape on its Asia routes with volumes bucking global trends.
August 1, 2009
The cargo division of Qantas has also seen a modest demand growth between Australia and New Zealand in the first half of 2009 while volumes ex-New Zealand were in line with the widely reported global decline.
Boosting the cross-Tasman
In order to strengthen its New Zealand service as Australia is currently a net exporter by air to that country, Qantas Freight recently introduced a new Boeing 767 freighter operation between Australia and New Zealand on June 15, 2009. Ã¢â‚¬Å“For the first time customers in Christchurch will also have access to main deck freighter capacity,Ã¢â‚¬Â Cleary said.
The B767-200 freighter has been wetleased from global carrier Air Transport International (ATI) and operates between Sydney-Auckland -Christchurch -Sydney four times a week.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The aircraft will have a payload of approximately 42 tonnes and will also be made available for charter work and weekend rotations when demand exists,Ã¢â‚¬Â Cleary said.
He said Qantas Freight operates five weekly B767 freighter services from Auckland and Christchurch to Sydney and a weekly B747 freighter from Auckland to Melbourne. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bothports are well utilised and offer easy through connection to other Australiandestinations, Asia and Europe,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.