2 May 2015 – David Eyre
Qantas and Australia Post have announced that part of the Qantas Freight fleet will be dedicated and branded for Australia Post / StarTrack.
As part of the announcement, Boeing 737-300F VH-XMO had temporary Australia Post/ StarTrack decals applied, but these were removed shortly afterwards.
From July 2016, six freighter aircraft will feature StarTrack livery:
- one Boeing 737-400F (yet to be delivered)
- two Boeing 737-300F
- three British Aerospace 146-300F
With delivery of the 737-400F, Qantas Freight will have a total of 14 aircraft. Australia Post also retains priority access to cargo space in the Qantas Group’s passenger fleet.
Qantas has had a longstanding relationship with postal services, stretching back to airmail services in 1922. Qantas and Australia Post formed Australian air Express in 1992 as a 50:50 joint venture, originally using Boeing 727-200F aircraft and later some ex-Qantas 737-300Fs converted to freighters. In 2003, Qantas and Australia Post purchased courier company Star Track Express, but in 2012, Qantas sold its share of StarTrack to Australia Post, with Qantas buying out Australia Post’s 50 per cent share in Australian air Express. Qantas and Australia Post signed a 5-year contract in 2015 worth over $500 million, for the transport of Australia Post’s domestic mail, parcels and Express Post until mid-2020.