Jetstar Asia is partnering with Qantas Freight to provide freight customers with increased connectivity and greater access to the wider Qantas Group network and Qantas Freight’s 130 partners.
Under the partnership, Qantas Freight will manage Jetstar Asia’s freight capacity across 23 ports in 13 markets, effective 20 November 2019.
Singapore is Qantas Group’s largest hub outside Australia and is Jetstar Asia’s home whereit operates a fleet of 18 Airbus A320 aircraft, each carrying up to two and a half tonnes of cargo per flight.
Qantas carries freight on more than 130 passenger flights per week to 10 cities in Asia (excluding Japan), in addition to freighters to Bangkok, Chongqing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Jetstar Asia CEO, Barathan Pasupathi said: “With more than 600 departures a week from Changi Airport, Jetstar Asia’s freight customerscan look forward to outstanding service with the new Qantas Freight partnership.
“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.
“As the only low fares airline operating services from Singapore to numerous Asia-Pacific destinations like Okinawa, Darwin, Medan and Siem Reap, Qantas freight customers will alsobenefit from direct access to fresh markets previously unavailable to them.”
Qantas Freight executive manager, Paul Jones: “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 U.S.”
In the year ending June 2019, Jetstar Asia carried nearly 17,000 tonnes of a wide variety of goods, while Qantas Freight carried 90,000 tonnes of goods across Asia in the year ending June 2019, including food, fresh produce and other commodities.