Qantas Freight and the Australia Post Group have extended their international mail air freight agreement for another five years.
This agreement sees Qantas Freight handles 12,000 tonnes of mail and parcels out of Australia each year.
The Australia Post Group is the nation’s largest user of airfreight services, and the international contract builds on the five-year domestic airfreight agreement the two companies signed in June last year.
This included the establishment of a dedicated domestic freighter fleet for the Australia Post Group, which became operational in July 2016.
The total value of the contact with the Australia Post Group is in excess of $500 million Australian ($380 million) over five years. Together these agreements form the largest airfreight contract in Australia.
With all agreements in place, Qantas Freight has been retained as the largest provider of airfreight services for the Australia Post Group.
StarTrack chief executive officer and executive general manager for parcel and eCommerce services, Bob Black says: “We’re committed to helping Australian businesses market and deliver their products internationally, and to helping Australian consumers access global markets, so our partnership with Qantas is important for our customers.
“This strategic alliance – combined with our global reach through existing partnerships with key ecommerce platforms, postal and freight providers – will help Australian businesses and consumers buy and sell goods internationally with confidence, and complements our unrivalled domestic capability.
As well as continuing to fly international letters, the international agreement includes the handling of international parcels on the Qantas Group’s more than 1500 international flights per week. Interline agreements that Qantas Freight has in place with other carriers ensure the Australia Post Group has world-wide access.
Qantas International and Freight CEO, Gareth Evans says: “We have a well-established relationship with the Australia Post Group and the growing international parcel business makes this a substantial contract to secure.
“We have transformed Qantas Freight to deliver flexible and efficient operations for the changing needs of our customers.
“This partnership sees the Australia Post Group and Qantas Freight well positioned to support the growing eCommerce industry which relies on air freight to achieve express delivery of its steadily increasing volumes of international packages and parcels.”