Qantas Freight scoops new China-US mail contract

17 / 05 / 2017

Qantas Freight has won a new contract to fly airmail between China and the US on behalf of China Post.

The airmail, which is managed by China Post and Australia Post joint venture Sai Cheng Logistics, will be airlifted from the mail giant’s hubs of Shanghai and Hong Kong to various points in the US by Qantas Freight using its Boeing 747-400 freighter network from Shanghai and belly capacity out of Hong Kong via Australia.

Qantas Freight currently operates four freighter services per week from Shanghai to the US, including stops in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Dallas Fort Worth.

General Manager of Sai Cheng Jonathan Qiao said: “We collect more than fifty tonnes of airmail each week across China bound for the US.

“Our customers seek a fast and reliable service and Qantas’ service frequency and freight network to the US allows us to deliver just that.

“With thirteen warehouses spread across eight cities in China, this partnership will strengthen our growing network, connecting Chinese consumers with the world."

Qantas Freight executive manager Alison Webster added: “The uplift of China Post airmail is a welcome addition to our network and reinforces that the routing we operate is aligned to our customer needs

“We’ve been flying freight between China and the US for the past 14 years with a triangular freighter route that operates four times per week between Australia – China – the US – Australia.

“The variety of freight we carry on this freighter network is extensive – including medical equipment, fresh produce, online shopping, mining equipment, racehorses and even the occasional helicopter.”

Sai Cheng provides an integrated logistics solution for Chinese customers to overseas markets including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US, Europe and South America.

The new agreement builds on the longstanding Australia Post and Qantas relationship, which includes contracts for the transport of Australian international outbound mail as well as a dedicated domestic air freighter network.