AusPost adds air freighter to delivery network
Australia Post has expanded its fleet of domestic air freighters with the largest aircraft yet.
The Qantas B737-400 will be used exclusively by Australia Post and StarTrack customers.
“This new aircraft is the largest type of freighter aircraft operating scheduled services in Australia and gives us greater capacity and flexibility,” said Bob Black, COO of Australia Post Group and CEO of StarTrack.
“This is great news for customers, because speed and reliability are critical. In essence, our network – on the ground and in the air – is a competitive advantage for customers who choose us as their delivery provider.”
As the price, range and convenience of products available on domestic and international marketplaces drives growth in the online retail sector, Black said Australia Post has continued to invest in its delivery network.
“The main aim for us is to help Australian businesses, including those in rural and regional areas, stay strong in a competitive and global market, and this new plane sets us apart from our competitors,” he said.
Capable of carrying 16,500 kilograms of cargo, the B737-400 freighter is part of a five-year $500 million contract for the transport of Australia Post and StarTrack’s premium and express products and services until mid-2020.
This agreement includes priority access to cargo space in Qantas Group’s passenger fleet.
“This new fleet is about providing Australia Post with the capability it needs to bring Australians a great delivery service and respond to the big changes we’re seeing with the online shopping boom,” Qantas International and Freight CEO Gareth Evans said.