Qantas Freight welcomes the first of two B747-8Fs to its fleet, as the aircraft, operated by Atlas Air on an ACMI basis, touches down in Sydney today.
Each aircraft offers 20 per cent more freight capacity and space for seven extra cargo pallets compared to the 747-400F, Qantas had been operating.
Qantas Freight executive manager Paul Jones says the arrival of the B747-8F aircraft, first announced in April this year, would better meet customer demand for freight capacity around the globe.
The carrier earlier said the two aircraft will help tap rising demand for capacity as a result of e-commerce, fresh produce, electronics and mining equipment.
“More capacity and better reliability means we can continue to deliver for our customers in Australia and around the globe,” Jones says.
“These aircraft have a far better environmental footprint, producing less carbon emissions and offering greater efficiency, something that we know is really important to our customers.”
Executive VP and chief commercial officer for Atlas Air Worldwide, Michael Steen, says the company is delighted that Qantas Freight have extended their long-term relationship and partnership with Atlas Air.
The two freighters will operate between Australia, China and the US with additional routes currently being explored. The second B747-8F aircraft will enter service later this week.
While the aircraft will be painted in Atlas Air livery, the Qantas Freight logo will be displayed on either side of the nose and underneath the freighters’ nose cargo door.
The arrival of the new aircraft follows Qantas Freight’s announced of a new seven-year agreement with Australia Post to enhance the domestic network. The new agreement, worth more than AUS 1.0 billion (USD 675.3 million), also paves the way for up to three A321 passenger to freighter aircraft (P2F) to join the fleet from October 2020.