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Qantas Freight is preparing for a record Christmas season, with domestic freight volumes up nearly 75% from pre-COVID levels.

As online shopping deliveries increase, Qantas Freight is preparing for a record Christmas season, with domestic freight volumes up nearly 75% from pre-COVID levels.

Across December, the Qantas Freight network will carry around 26,000 tonnes of freight to domestic, regional and international cities, an increase on last December’s record month and up more than 50 per cent on our average monthly uplift.

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Qantas Freight operates 19 dedicated freighters domestically (including up to 16 for major partner Australia Post), and four international freighters. Qantas Freight domestic aircraft travel more than 11 million kilometres each year, the equivalent of 14 round trips to the moon.

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“In the busiest days leading up to Christmas we’ll carry around 1,200 tonnes of cargo, around double our daily average amount across our freight fleet and in the belly of passenger flights. “Our domestic services alone will be move up to 650 tonnes on the busiest nights to help with Santa’s deliveries, equivalent to around 1.3 million iPads.”

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Australia Post General Manager Premium Services and International Mark Davies said: “The support of key partners like Qantas has been pivotal in enabling us to deliver for our customers, especially during this incredibly busy period.

Qantas Freight recently announced it was investing in six Airbus A321 aircraft, as well as converting two A330 passenger jets to freighters to meet growing e-commerce demand. In addition to Australia Post’s parcels, some of the items Qantas Freight is transporting in the lead up to Christmas include:

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  • Classic cars
  • Fresh seafood such as coral trout, lobsters and abalone
  • Cherries, mangoes and stone fruit
  • Cut flowers
  • Farm machinery
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