Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New Australian Air Freight Route Expected to Boost Tonnages for Virgin

Hong Kong to Melbourne Hopes to Tap into Heightened Demand in China
Shipping News Feature
AUSTRALIA – Virgin Atlantic Cargo will be offering additional freight options to their customers with the launch of a new Melbourne-Hong Kong route by its partner, Virgin Australia. With effect from July 5, 2017, Virgin Australia will operate five Airbus A330-200 flights a week on the route, each offering 14 tonnes of cargo capacity. Virgin Atlantic Cargo will be responsible for selling all of the capacity on these flights, which will also link into their existing services connecting Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with Los Angeles. John Lloyd, Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said:

“This is great news for our customers because it really opens up the Australia-Hong Kong-Australia market in addition to the services we already offer with Virgin Australia that connect Australia and the US west coast. Hong Kong is an important and growing market for companies in Australia, with over 21.5 million kilos of air cargo moving from Melbourne to Hong Kong alone in 2016. We are confident of winning a good share of this business and also see great potential to grow volumes into Melbourne from Hong Kong and London.”

Because of the burgeoning Chinese appetite for fresh produce the new route is expected to carry a large proportion of perishables, which already make up a sizeable percentage of the air freight traffic ex Melbourne. The fast growth of e-commerce shipments is also expected to boost volumes from Hong Kong.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has been responsible for all freight revenues on Virgin Australia’s international long-haul flights since the two airlines began working together in 2009.