Under a new partnership Qantas Freight will manage low cost carrier (LCC) Jetstar Asia’s freight capacity across 23 airports in 13 markets, effective 20 November 2019.
The partnership will provide Jetstar Asia’s freight customers with increased connectivity and greater access to the wider Qantas Group network and Qantas Freight’s 130 partners, the Singapore-based low cost carrier says.
Singapore is Qantas Group’s largest hub outside Australia and is Jetstar Asia’s home where it operates a fleet of 18 A320 aircraft, each with a capacity of up to 2.5 tonnes of cargo per flight.
In the year ending June 2019, Jetstar Asia carried nearly 17,000 tonnes of a wide variety of cargo including: Mail, electronics, apparel and fabrics, fresh produce (including live lobsters and crab, tropical fish, fresh flowers), musical instruments, medical equipment, food and spices, furniture.
Qantas carries freight on more than 130 passenger flights per week to ten cities in Asia (excluding Japan), in addition to maindeck capacity to Bangkok, Chongqing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
The Australian carrier uplifted 90,000 tonnes of goods across Asia in the year ending June 2019, including food, fresh produce and other commodities. Qantas freight recently signed an expanded domestic and international air freight agreement with Australia Post to support the growing demand for e-commerce parcels.
“With more than 600 departures a week from Changi Airport, Jetstar Asia’s freight customers can look forward to outstanding service with the new Qantas Freight partnership,” says Barathan Pasupathi, Jetstar Asia CEO.
“With a reliable schedule of services to 23 ports from Singapore, the new partnership will ensure our customers enjoy wider connectivity and more direct access through our integrated Qantas Group network of more than 110 markets in Australia, Asia, Europe and the US,” Pasupathi says.
He adds that as the only LCC operating services from Singapore to numerous Asia-Pacific destinations like Okinawa, Darwin, Medan and Siem Reap, Qantas freight customers will also benefit from direct access to new markets previously unavailable to them.
Commenting on the partnership, Paul Jones, Qantas Freight executive manager says: “We are excited to partner with Jetstar Asia and build on our strong relationship. QantasFreight’s extensive network into, out of, and around Australia, Europe and the US, combined with Jetstar Asia’s strong coverage in Asia-Pacific will offer great opportunity for our freight customers.
“By joining forces, we will improve efficiencies for the Group, offer greater flexibility and leverage synergies while unlocking value for our freight customers by offering more connections. This partnership will provide a more streamlined freight journey through Asia, Australia, Europe and the US,” he adds.
JetStar Asia is 49 per cent owned by Qantas, with the remainder in the hands of Westbrook Investments, controlled by Singaporean Dennis Choo Teck Wong.