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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2016 • Page 9 Australia Post to have own dedicated freighter network A DeDICATeD Australian domestic freighter network used exclusively by Australia Post and StarTrack customers will launch in July this year. The dedicated network will consist of six freighter aircraft branded in StarTrack livery. Qantas Freight currently operates 10 domestic freighters across Australia (four B737-300CF, four Bae146 and two SAAB 340 aircraft), but from 01 July, five of these freighters will be used to operate the dedicated net- work for the Australia Post group. Qantas Freight will also soon take delivery of a B737-400 freighter that will be the sixth freighter in the dedi- cated Australia Post group fleet. The remaining fleet of domestic freighters will continue to operate an additional domestic freighter network, offering (at this stage) 36 services to six desti- nations per week. Qantas Freight will continue to service other express and overnight customers. Qantas and Australia Post confirmed the network was part of a five year contract, with a value in excess of A$500 million, that was signed last year covering Australia Post’s domestic mail, parcels and express Post until mid- 2020. Alan Joyce, chief executive Qantas group said the new arrangement fo- cused on providing a fast, reliable and more efficient service to Australia Post and StarTrack. “We’re thrilled to provide Australia Post with a dedicated freighter net- work for its domestic customers. This builds on the strong relationship that has existed between the national carri- er and the nation’s postal service since 1922, when Qantas first started flying airmail,” said Joyce. “Scale is a unique part of what we offer. Qantas Freight offers access to the collective belly-space on domestic Qantas and Jetstar passenger flights as well as eight freighter aircraft in addition to the Australia Post dedicated freighter network. This network, com- bined with the strength of our partner- ship and interline agreements, gives Qantas Freight significant network reach to more than 500 international and 80 domestic destinations,” added Joyce. From July 2016, the network will ser- vice nine destinations across the east and west coast of Australia and include the following aircraft: 1x B737-400 (an additional aircraft to be operated by express Freighters Aus- tralia, Qantas Freight’s wholly-owned subsidiary freighter management company). 2 x B737-300 (part of existing Qantas Freight fleet). 3 x BAe146-300 (part of existing Qantas Freight fleet). Including the additional B737-400, Qantas Freight will have a total of 14 aircraft. Aust Post stretches collection times - but plans small charge FROM 01 August, Australia Post is to offer customers more time to collect their parcels, extending the length of time a parcel will be held before being returned to sender. Parcels are currently held for 10 days before being returned to sender. Under the proposal, from August parcels will be held for to up to 30 days, with a A$3 fee charged for this service after five days, payable on collection. Australia Post MyPost customers will continue to receive 10 days free of charge, then will pay A$3 per week. The maximum charge will be A$9, payable after 16 business days. Most customers pick up their parcels quickly, with 92 per cent of parcels col- lected within five days. The firm believes the service will help those customers (approximately eight per cent) who can’t collect their parcel straight away. The majority of this fee will be paid to Post Office operators who will be storing the parcels.