Qantas and Sai Cheng sign deal to fly Chinese airmail to the US


Qantas Freight has entered a one year agreement with Sai Cheng Logistics International to fly airmail weekly out of China to the US.

Sai Cheng is a joint venture company between Australia Post and China Post to provide integrated logistics solutions for Chinese customers to overseas markets including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US, Europe and South America.

The new agreement builds on the longstanding Australia Post and Qantas relationship including contracts for transporting Australian international outbound mail as well as a dedicated domestic airfreight network.

Airmail from China Post will be flown from China Post’s hubs of Shanghai and Hong Kong to various points in the US by Qantas Freight using its Boeing 747-400 Freighter network from Shanghai and belly capacity out of Hong Kong via Australia.

Qantas Freight operates four freighter services per week from Shanghai to the US including stops in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Fort Worth.

Qantas Freight, Catering and Australia Airports executive manager, Alison Webster says: “We’ve been flying freight between China and the US for the past 14 years with a triangular freighter route that operates four times per week between Australia – China – the US – Australia.”

“The variety of freight we carry on this freighter network is extensive – including medical equipment, fresh produce, online shopping, mining equipment, racehorses and even the occasional helicopter. The uplift of China Post airmail is a welcome addition to our network and reinforces that the routing we operate is aligned to our customer needs.”

Sai Cheng general manager, Jonathan Qiao adds: “We collect more than fifty tonnes of airmail each week across China bound for the US. Our customers seek a fast and reliable service and Qantas’ service frequency and freight network to the US allows us to deliver just that.”

“With thirteen warehouses spread across eight cities in China, this partnership will strengthen our growing network, connecting Chinese consumers with the world.”