24 April 2013
Qantas today announced its intention to lease a Boeing 747-400ERF freighter aircraft, to replace an older Boeing 747-400F freighter operated on Qantas’ behalf by Atlas Air.
The leased 747-400ERF is almost new, and provides increased capacity and range.
Unlike the Atlas Air-operated 747-400F, the leased 747-400ERF will wear the new Qantas Freight livery. It is expected to enter service by the end of 2013, and will be operated by Express Freighters Australia, a subsidiary of Qantas Freight.
Qantas Freight has a 5% share of the cargo market from China to the USA, flying from both Shanghai and Chongqing.
Qantas Freight has a fleet of 13 freighter aircraft including three Boeing 747-400F aircraft (owned and operated by Atlas Air of the USA), one Boeing 767-300ERF, four Boeing 737-300SF, four BAe 146s and one SAAB 340. Qantas Freight also carries freight on Qantas and Jetstar domestic and international passenger services.