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Qantas to Increase Tasman Freighter Capacity

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Qantas Freight is to increase its Tasman freighter capacity by 40% from February 2011, with the deployment of a Boeing 767-300F aircraft on the route.

The leased B767-300F will be the first Qantas Group aircraft to display a Qantas Freight-specific livery.

"The Tasman is one of Qantas Freight's most important markets and this investment reinforces the commitment we made when we established the freighter operation in 2009. It will provide Australian and New Zealand exporters with more dedicated capacity and even better service reliability," said Qantas Freight Executive Manager, Mr Stephen Cleary. "This new aircraft has a maximum payload of 59 tonnes - an increase of approximately 40% over the B767-200F aircraft we previously operated on the sector."

The Boeing 767-300F is a purpose-built freighter that  features a temperature controlled main deck and lower cargo hold compartments, large fore and aft cargo doors, power loading systems and advanced avionic systems.

The Qantas Freight-specific livery features a plain red tail and large, stylised Qantas Freight lettering on both sides of the aircraft's window-free fuselage.

The aircraft will be operated for Qantas Freight by Express Freighters Australia (EFA), the Group's freighter management company. EFA holds its own Air Operators Certificate and currently operates four Boeing 737-300 freighter aircraft on behalf of Australian air Express.

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