Qantas bucks trend with Asian perishable trade

Australia and New Zealand’s perishables exports have helped keep Qantas Freight in good shape on its Asia routes with volumes bucking global trends.

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“Ex-Australia to Asia, the market bucked global trends for the first half of the year, recording strong growth particularly in perishable exports,” Qantas Freight executivemanager Stephen Cleary said, adding that there is a good mix of manufacturedgoods, perishables and time definiteproduct travelling in both directions onthe Tasman.

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. “For the first time customers in Christchurch will also have access to main deck freighter capacity,” 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.

“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,” 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. “Bothports are well utilised and offer easy through connection to other Australiandestinations, Asia and Europe,” he said.