Qantas Freight said Wednesday it would launch service between China, Dallas and Sydney, Australia, adding cargo lift in a trans-Pacific market airlines have been targeting for capacity cuts for more than a year.
Subject to regulatory approval, the service will add a fourth U.S. city to its freighter network starting Aug. 6. The airline already serves Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
Stephen Cleary, Qantas Freight executive manager said the addition of Dallas was part of a long term plan to strengthen the airline’s presence in key markets.
“This is a market that we have been looking at for some time,” he said. “Demand for air freight between Texas and Australia is well established, and we will offer customers a competitive advantage with the only direct operation.
Cleary said Qantas Freight values the large, highly accessible region served by Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and that Sydney provides a connection to other Australian ports, New Zealand and the South Pacific. “The service will also give our customers in Shanghai one-stop access to markets in the southern United States,” he said.
The service will operate on 747-400 freighters between Shanghai and Chicago and then originate in Chicago each Thursday and operate via Dallas direct to Sydney, arriving early Friday afternoon.
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