Qantas increases Tasman freighter capacity

Qantas Freight says it will increase its Tasman freighter capacity by 40 per cent from February 2011

Qantas increases Tasman freighter capacity
Qantas increases Tasman freighter capacity

December 10, 2010

Qantas Freight says it will increase its Tasman freighter capacity by 40 per cent from February 2011.

Adorned with a plain red tail and large, stylised Qantas Freight lettering on both sides of its window-free fuselage, the leased aircraft will be the first ever to display Qantas Freight-specific livery.

Group Executive Manager Stephen Cleary says the introduction of the Boeing 767-300F reflects the significant long-term commitment the Qantas Group is making to its freight operations.

He says the move is also a business response to continued strong market demand.

"The Tasman is one of Qantas Freight’s most important markets and this investment reinforces the commitment we made when we established the freighter operation in 2009,"

"It will provide Australian and New Zealand exporters with more dedicated capacity and even better service reliability.

The new aircraft has a maximum payload of 59 tonnes – an increase of approximately 40 per cent over the aircraft previously operated in the sector, the B767-200F"

Cleary says the B767-300F is a fully featured, modern, purpose-built freighter aircraft offering numerous advantages in aircraft systems and payload capability, compared to other aircraft operating in the sector.

"The aircraft features a temperature controlled main deck and lower cargo hold compartments, large fore and aft cargo doors, power loading systems and advanced avionic systems that enhance reliability and on-time performance," he says.

The aircraft will be operated for Qantas Freight by Express Freighters Australia (EFA), the Group’s freighter management company.

EFA holds its own Air Operators Certificate and currently operates four Boeing 737-300 freighter aircraft on behalf of Australian air Express.

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