Qantas Freight launches Darwin to Hong Kong cargo service
July 31, 2018: Qantas Freight supports producers in Northern Australia to respond to growing demand from Asia by launching a new weekly direct cargo service from Darwin to Hong Kong.
The new service that will be operated with a Boeing 767-300F will provide capacity to carry up to 50 tonnes of fresh produce such as chilled meat, seafood, dairy, fruit and vegetables, as well as general cargo. It will provide local producers with the opportunity to get their products into Asia faster and fresher, potentially extending the shelf life and profitability of quality Australian exports.
Commencing in late August, the weekly service will depart Darwin on Sunday night and arrive in Hong Kong six hours later at 11pm local time.
Nick McGlynn, chief operating officer, Qantas Freight said: “Producers throughout the Northern Territory often find themselves transporting large volumes of perishables via road to the east coast to meet a cargo connection to Asia. This process can take up to five days, which reduces the shelf life of the product when it arrives at its destination.”
“We’d like to acknowledge the support of Darwin Airport in launching this new freight service, in collaboration with the Northern Territory Government.”
The Qantas Group is a long-term investor in the Northern Territory, stimulating tourism and providing vital connectivity for the region.