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Qantas Freight is a subsidiary company of Australia's largest airline Qantas, responsible for the air cargo operations of the Qantas group.[1] It is the owner of freight airline Express Freighters Australia, freight forwarder Qantas Courier and trucking company Jets Transport Express. Qantas Freight was also a partner in two joint ventures with Australia Post: Australian air Express, specialising in door-to-door package delivery, and Star Track Express, a road freight company.[1][2] In November 2012 Qantas Freight fully acquired Australia air Express and divested its shareholding in Star Track to Australia Post. Qantas Freight was also the owner of Asian-based freight forwarder DPEXWorldwide until that company was acquired by its competitor Toll Holdings in 2010.[3]

Qantas Freight
IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsSydney Airport
Melbourne Airport
Brisbane Airport
SubsidiariesExpress Freighters Australia
Fleet size13
Destinations50 international, 80 domestic
Parent companyQantas (100%)
Key peopleAlan Joyce (CEO)


As of September 2013 Qantas Freight directly serves 50 international and 80 domestic destinations. Qantas Freight has the ability to reach 480 global destinations through its airline partners, including Emirates, which it signed a cargo cooperation agreement with in 2013.


Qantas Freight's Boeing 767-300F on approach to land at Sydney Airport in 2011
Boeing 767-300F at Sydney Airport in updated livery
The Qantas Freight air cargo terminal at Melbourne Airport, with Boeing 747-400Fs of Atlas Air and MASkargo being unloaded. The Atlas Air aircraft is leased to Qantas Freight

In addition to placing freight on board the international and domestic flights of Qantas and Jetstar Airways,[4] Qantas Freight operates the following aircraft:[5]

Aircraft In Service On Order Notes
Airbus A321-200/P2F 3 Operated for Australia Post/StarTrack.[6][7]
British Aerospace Bae 146-300/QT 4[8] Operated by Cobham Aviation Services Australia.[9]
3 to be rebranded for Australia Post/StarTrack.[9]
Boeing 737-300/SF 5 Operated by Express Freighters Australia.[8]
2 to be rebranded for Australia Post/StarTrack.[9]
Boeing 737-400/SF 1 Operated by Express Freighters Australia.
To be branded for Australia Post/StarTrack.[9]
Boeing 747-8F 2 Atlas Air aircraft replacing the Boeing 747-400Fs[10]
Boeing 767-300ERF 1 Operated by Express Freighters Australia[11]
Boeing 757-200F 1 Operated by Pacific Air Express[12]
Total 14 3

In June 2016, the 737-400F, two of the 737-300Fs and three BAe 146s were rebranded and are operated as a dedicated fleet for Australia Post and StarTrack.[9]

In April 2019, Qantas Freight announced it would wet lease two Atlas Air Boeing 747-8F aircraft to replace the two current wet-leased 747-400F aircraft.[13] The first aircraft landed in Sydney on the 27th of August with small Qantas Freight stickers applied, with the second due later in the week.[14]

In August 2019, Qantas Freight announced a deal with Australia Post which was worth $1.4 Billion. Included in the deal was Qantas Freight announced of the world's first A321P2F of which they have ordered 3 to be delivered from October 2020.[7]

Price-fixing caseEdit

Legal action was brought in the United States against a number of airlines' freight operations over allegations of price fixing between 2000 and 2006, including Qantas Freight. Following the imposition of a fine of US$300 million on British Airways, in November 2007 Qantas Freight agreed to plead guilty in a US court and was fined US$61 million.[15] In a separate development the former head of Qantas Freight in the United States was sentenced to eight months imprisonment in May 2008.[16] The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission also launched legal action in Australia, and in October 2008 Qantas' management agreed to settle the case with a fine of A$20 million.[17] Qantas is also facing a number of class action lawsuits.[17]


  1. ^ a b Qantas subsidiaries page. Retrieved: 20 April 2012
  2. ^ Star Track Express - About Us. Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved: 15 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Toll Group announces Asian acquisition and provides trading update" - Toll Holding Media Release Archived 2011-02-21 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 20 April 2012
  4. ^ Qantas Freight - About Us. Retrieved: 15 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Fleet". Qantas Freight.
  6. ^ "Australia's Qantas Freight to add A321 freighters from 4Q20". Ch-Aviation. 12 August 2019.
  7. ^ a b Knight, Dominic Powell, Elizabeth (2019-08-09). "'This is pretty big': Qantas, AusPost seal $1.4bn deal to tackle online shopping". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  8. ^ a b "747F for Qantas Freight". Australian Aviation. April 26, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Qantas establishes dedicated freighter fleet for Australia Post". Australian Aviation. 2 May 2016.
  10. ^ Taylor, Ellis (2019-04-04). "Qantas Freight to upsize to 747-8Fs". Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  11. ^ "Qantas Increases Tasman Freighter Capacity by 40 Per Cent" - Qantas media release[permanent dead link] retrieved 6 December 2010
  12. ^ "Qantas Freight wet-leases a B757(F) from Pacific Air Express". 23 Aug 2019.
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  14. ^ "Media Releases - JUMBO SIZED DELIVERY FOR QANTAS FREIGHT TOUCHES DOWN". Qantas News Room. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  15. ^ "Qantas admits cargo price fixing" - BBC News, 27 November 2007. Retrieved: 15 November 2008.
  16. ^ Rochfort, Scott. "Jail for former Qantas boss in cargo price-fixing cartel", The Sydney Morning Herald online, 10 May 2008. Retrieved: 15 November 2008.
  17. ^ a b "Qantas fined $20m for price fixing", Australian Broadcasting Corporation News online, 28 October 2008. Retrieved: 15 November 2008.

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