Qantas Freight has confirmed that it will launch a direct seasonal
freight service from Darwin to Hong Kong next month.
service, which will be the only direct cargo link between the
Northern Territory and Hong Kong, will provide capacity to carry
up to 50 tonnes of fresh produce such as chilled meat, seafood,
dairy, fruit and vegetables, as well as general cargo.
Commencing in late August, the weekly
Boeing 767-300F service will depart Darwin on Sunday night and
arrive in Hong Kong six hours later at 11pm local time.
Freight Chief Operating Officer, Nick McGlynn, said, “Producers
throughout the Northern Territory often find themselves
transporting large volumes of perishables via road to the east
coast to meet a cargo connection to Asia. This process can take up
to five days, which reduces the shelf life of the product when it
arrives at its destination. Our direct
service is a great alternative for freight customers in and around
Darwin. It also shows Qantas’s commitment to providing vital
connectivity to Northern Australia. We’d like to acknowledge
the support of Darwin Airport in launching this new freight
service, in collaboration with the Northern Territory Government.”
The Qantas Group is a long-term investor in the Northern
Territory, stimulating tourism and providing vital connectivity
for the region. In FY17, the Qantas Group contributed more than
$150 million to the Territory economy, including employing 400
people locally as well as tourists spending with local businesses.