QANTAS to operate Airbus A321P2F freighters starting in October 2020

Australia Post and QANTAS Airways have announced an expanded domestic and international air freight agreement to support the growing demand for parcels.

Marking nearly a century of partnership between the two brands, it will benefit online shoppers and businesses across Australia by increasing capacity and providing greater network flexibility to meet customer expectations.

The seven-year agreement valued at over $1 billion will give Australia Post customers access to QANTAS Freight’s dedicated freighter aircraft and priority access to the cargo space on up to 1,500 QANTAS and Jetstar passenger flights to over 110 destinations each day, in addition to space on partner airlines globally.

It will also see the introduction of up to three Airbus A321P2Fs (Passenger to Freighter) to the freighter network used for Australia Post. QANTAS will be the first airline in the world to operate the A321 as a freighter aircraft.

Each A321P2F will add nearly 50 percent more capacity – or an additional nine tons – compared to the existing Boeing 737 freighters, with the first A321P2F due to enter the fleet in October 2020.

The partnership between Australia Post and QANTAS dates back to when the national carrier first started flying airmail for the postal service in 1922.