Qantas Announced the Leasing of 747-8F Freighter
2019-04-17 15:33 Wednesday
To achieve a greater capacity and improved efficiency for its global freight customers, Qantas Freight has decided to lease two Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft. Qantas Freight intends to replace the current two Boeing 747-400F with the next-generation freighters.
Featuring a longer fuselage than the Boeing 747-400F, the 747-8F is regarded as one of the most efficient freighter aircraft in service. It can offer up to 20 percent more freight capacity with space for seven extra pallets.
Expected to commence services from late July 2019, the 747-8F freighters will carry cargo on Qantas Freight's existing network between 10 key cargo hubs in Australia, China and the United States.
Andrew David, CEO of Qantas Domestic & Freight, claimed that the new aircraft would allow Qantas' freight business to better meet customer demand for freight capacity around the world.
"We are seeing strong growth in demand driven by e-commerce, fresh produce, electronics and mining equipment across our international freight network," said Mr. David.
"The newer, more efficient Boeing 747-8F will allow us to provide a better service for our customers with additional freight capacity and even greater reliability for time-sensitive shipments."
Over the past 15 years, Qantas Freight has operated freighter services between Australia, China and the USA. Qantas Freight operates a fleet of 14 freighter aircraft as well as managing the freight capacity on Qantas and Jetstar passenger services across domestic and international routes.
"Our investment in wet-leasing these aircraft gives us a more competitive offering in the Australia-China-US freight markets and more operational efficiency," added Mr. David.