With Cathay Pacific having stopped its flights from Cairns to Hong Kong last month, Qantas has stepped in to fill the gap for exporters with the trial of a Boeing 767 freighter service.
With Cathay Pacific cancelling its 25-year-old Cairns to Hong Kong route at the end of October, Qantas Freight has begun its trial replacement service. The first flight left Cairns Airport on Sunday 9th November and subsequent flights are expected to run on most Sundays throughout the six-month trial.
Qantas has adjusted its existing Sydney-Hong Kong service to stop via Cairns to give Far North Queensland exporters a direct, same day delivery to Hong Kong. The direct Cairns to Hong Kong, Boeing 767 freighter service is in partnership with the Queensland Government, Cairns Airport and the Cairns Regional Council.
The new route builds on Qantas Freight’s extensive domestic and international freight network with over 5,000 weekly flights to over 80 destinations within Australia and 1,700 international flights to over 20 countries. Qantas Freight already operates a freight terminal out of Cairns airport employing 22 people and offering freight distribution to 13 domestic destinations on Qantas Group aircraft.
The service will support the export of fresh seafood and agricultural products from the Cairns region to key Asian and international markets. The new flight provides over 25 tonnes of air cargo space and will offer Cairns a direct, nonstop service to Hong Kong with connectivity across north Asia. The trial service will operate on Sundays.
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