Next-gen Boeings to join Qantas Freight fleet for Australia-China-US services

April 4, 2019

SYDNEY - Qantas Freight is to wet-lease two new Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft to service 10 key cargo hubs in its Australia-China-US network.

Widely regarded as one of the most efficient freighter aircraft in service, the 747-8F has a longer fuselage than the Boeing 747-400F, offering up to 20 per cent more freight capacity with space for seven extra pallets.

The next-generation freighters will replace two Boeing 747-400Fs currently operated on Qantas' behalf by Atlas Air, and will be painted in Atlas livery.

They are expected to enter service from late July 2019.

Andrew David, CEO of Qantas Domestic & Freight, said Qantas was seeing strong growth in demand driven by e-commerce, fresh produce, electronics and mining equipment across its international freight network.

"The newer, more efficient Boeing 747-8F will allow us to better service our customers with additional freight capacity and even greater reliability for time-sensitive shipments," he said.

Qantas Freight has operated freighter services between Australia, China and the USA for the past 15 years. Internationally, it offers cargo space on more than 1,700 weekly flights in over 20 countries.  (ATI).