Qantas Freight to buy Jets Transport Express

Qantas Freight Enterprises has signed an agreement to purchase national trucking business Jets Transport Express, which specialises in interstate airfreight movements.

According to Qantas Freight’s executive general manager Grant Fenn, the acquisition, which would be completed by end-May, would expand Qantas' airfreight capability and improve the service for its airfreight and cargo handling customers.

“Jets provides bonded interstate trucking for domestic legs of international air freight using trailers that are specially designed to handle air freight pallets,” said Fenn. “The acquisition of Jets will allow us, for the first time, to offer a truly seamless transfer between international and domestic operations.”

Fenn said Qantas will introduce track and trace capability and have the Jets fleet added to the airline reservation system to improve the booking process for customer airlines and freight forwarders. A vastly improved trucking-to-airside interface will also enhance the efficiency of terminal operations, giving Qantas Freight better control of its Australian domestic distribution.

Jets operates between all major capital cities from hubs in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Qantas Freight markets the cargo capacity on all Qantas and Jetstar international services and operates three dedicated 747-400 freighter aircraft on scheduled international services. It operates cargo handling terminals in Sydney, Sydney T2, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Los Angeles.

Qantas is also committed to expanding its international cargo business, and recently agreed to a six-year wet lease extension on three Boeing 747-400 Freighter aircraft leased from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. The carrier currently operate seven scheduled weekly B747F freighter services from Australia into China, five weekly services from China to the US, four weekly services from the US into Australia and one weekly service from Hong Kong, Europe and Shanghai into Australia.

In August 2007, the Qantas Group acquired Asia-based express freight operator, DPEX Worldwide, with a worldwide network covering eighteen countries across Asia.