Virgin launches air freight business


Toll’s switch to Qantas leaves Virgin with a near-empty cargo hold

Virgin launches air freight business
Virgin Australia has launched a dedicated cargo service for domestic and short-haul international flights

 

Virgin Australia has cargo space for sale, at least from the beginning of next month.

It is launching its own independent air cargo service for domestic and short-haul international routes, coinciding with the loss of a significant air freight contract with Toll Holdings.

The airline’s longstanding relationship with Toll gave the freight forwarder exclusive access to Virgin’s freight capacity, but this will cease on June 30.

The new cargo service will begin operating from July 1.

Group executive for Virgin Australia Cargo Merren McArthur says it is a new direction for the Virgin business but adds it is a key plank in the group’s Virgin Vision 2017 strategy.

"Virgin Australia will now actively compete in the domestic and short haul international cargo market for the first time," she says.

"We will leverage the famous Virgin Australia customer-focused culture to deliver exceptional service at competitive rates.

Virgin Australia will continue to rely on its partnership with Virgin Atlantic for the sale and management of cargo capacity on long haul services.

 

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