Qantas to trial weekly Cairns–Hong Kong freighter service

Qantas is adding a call at Cairns on its Sunday freighter service from Sydney to Hong Kong for a six month trial.

The Boeing 767F service, due to start in November subject to regulatory approval, is aimed at exporters of fresh seafood and agricultural products in the Cairns region, offering them same day delivery to Hong Kong.

Qantas Freight chief customer officer Nick McGlynn said the new flight provides “over 25 tonnes of freight space and will offer Cairns a direct, nonstop service to Hong Kong with connectivity across North Asia”.

The government of the state of Queensland, Cairns Airport and the Cairns Regional Council are all supporting the service and McGlynn said: “We encourage Cairns and Far North Queensland exporters to get behind this freight link so we can continue it into the future.”

Qantas Freight operates a freight terminal at Cairns employing 22 people and offering freight connections to 13 domestic destinations on Qantas Group aircraft.

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