Australia Post expands air freight capacity with Qantas

Australia Post and national airline Qantas have agreed to expand their domestic and international air freight operations thanks to the growth of e-commerce.

The deal is to benefit online shoppers and businesses through increasing capacity and providing greater network flexibility.

The AUD $1 billion deal gives Australia Post customers access to the Qantas Freight freighter aircraft, as well as priority access to the cargo space on up to 1,500 Qantas and Jetstar passenger flights to over 110 destinations each day, in addition to space on partner airlines globally.

In addition there will be up to three Airbus A321P2Fs (Passenger to Freighter) to the freighter network used for Australia Post. Qantas will be the first airline in the world to operate the A321 as a freighter aircraft.

By comparison to the existing Boeing 737 freighters, the new aircraft that come into operation late next year, will add an extra 50% capacity to Australia Post’s air cargo capacity.

Christine Holgate, CEO and Managing Director, Australia Post, said the strategic alliance with Qantas means Australia Post and its customers can continue to power the e-commerce engine that’s driving Australian trade domestically and internationally.

“Australia Post plays a critical role connecting Australian businesses and communities to each other and the rest of the world, and with the continued growth in online shopping, we can now take it to new heights,” Ms Holgate said.

“This agreement will further boost our unrivalled, dedicated air freighter network with newer aircraft and more capacity right up until the opening of the new Western Sydney airport in 2026.

“The enhanced air freighter network complements $900 million in investment across our network through automation and infrastructure, and provides the speed, flexibility and reliability customers expect.

“It means that we can build flexibility into the air freight network to manage increased volumes and demand in the lead-up to Christmas. Last year we flew more than 400 tonnes of mail on our busiest night, and more than 40 million parcels during December; this year, we expect to exceed both those targets.”

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