Qantas Freight
IATA ICAO Callsign
Operating basesSydney Airport
Melbourne Airport
Brisbane Airport
SubsidiariesExpress Freighters Australia
Fleet size15
Parent companyQantas
Key peopleAlan Joyce (CEO)

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 airExpress, specialising in door-to-door package delivery, and StarTrack, 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]


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.[4]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Australia Adelaide Adelaide Airport [5]
Brisbane Brisbane Airport Hub [5]
Cairns Cairns Airport [5]
Darwin Darwin Airport [5]
Hobart Hobart Airport [5]
Launceston Launceston Airport [5]
Mackay Mackay Airport [5]
Melbourne Melbourne Airport Hub [5]
Perth Perth Airport [5]
Rockhampton Rockhampton Airport [5]
Sydney Sydney Airport Hub [5]
Townsville Townsville Airport [5]
China Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport [6]
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport [6]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport [6]
Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport [6]
New Zealand Auckland Auckland Airport [6]
Christchurch Christchurch Airport [6]
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [6]
United States Anchorage Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport [6]
Chicago O'Hare International Airport [6]
Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport [6]
Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport [6]
Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport [6]
New York City John F Kennedy International Airport [6]


A Boeing 767-300F at Sydney Airport in 2018, wearing the 2007 livery.
A Boeing 767-300F at Sydney Airport in 2018, wearing the 2007 livery.
A formerly leased Boeing 747-400F at Melbourne Airport in 2008, wearing the Atlas Air livery.
A formerly leased Boeing 747-400F at Melbourne Airport in 2008, wearing the Atlas Air livery.

In addition to placing freight on board the international and domestic flights of Qantas and Jetstar,[7] Qantas Freight operates the following aircraft, as of August 2019:[8][9]

Aircraft In Service On Order Operator Notes
Airbus A321-200/P2F 3 6[10] Qantas Freight Operated for Australia Post/StarTrack.[11][12][13]
Airbus A330-200/P2F 2 TBA Converted from Qantas aircraft and delivered from 2023.[14]
One to be operated for Australia Post/StarTrack.[15]
British Aerospace Bae 146-300/QT 4[16] Cobham Aviation Services Australia[17] 3 branded for Australia Post/StarTrack.[17]
Boeing 737-300/SF 4 Express Freighters Australia[16] 2 branded for Australia Post/StarTrack.[17]
To be replaced by Airbus A321-200/P2F from 2024.
Boeing 737-400/SF 1 Express Freighters Australia Branded for Australia Post/StarTrack.[17]
To be replaced by Airbus A321-200/P2F from 2024.
Boeing 747-8F 2 Atlas Air Wet-leased from Atlas Air, replaced the Boeing 747-400Fs.[18]
Boeing 767-300F 1 Express Freighters Australia [19]
Total 15 8

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.[17]

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.[20] The first aircraft landed in Sydney on 27 August with small Qantas Freight stickers applied, with the second due later in the week.[21]

In August 2019, Qantas Freight announced a deal with Australia Post which was worth $1.4 billion. Included in the deal was Qantas Freight's announcement of the purchase of the world's first A321P2F, of which they ordered 3 to be delivered from October 2020.[12]

Price-fixing case

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.[22] In a separate development the former head of Qantas Freight in the United States was sentenced to eight months imprisonment in May 2008.[23] The Australian Competition & 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.[24] Qantas is also facing a number of class action lawsuits.[24]


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  3. ^ Toll Group announces Asian acquisition and provides trading update Toll Holdings 21 February 2011
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  8. ^ "Fleet". Qantas Freight.
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  12. ^ a b Knight, Dominic Powell, Elizabeth (9 August 2019). "'This is pretty big': Qantas, AusPost seal $1.4bn deal to tackle online shopping". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Aviation Photo #6197717: Airbus A321-231(P2F) - Qantas Freight (Express Freighters Australia)". Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Qantas to convert two A330-200s into freighters". Ch-Aviation. 7 December 2021.
  15. ^ "Qantas to convert two passenger A330s into freighters". 7 December 2021.
  16. ^ a b "747F for Qantas Freight". Australian Aviation. 26 April 2013.
  17. ^ a b c d e "Qantas establishes dedicated freighter fleet for Australia Post". Australian Aviation. 2 May 2016.
  18. ^ Taylor, Ellis (4 April 2019). "Qantas Freight to upsize to 747-8Fs". Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Qantas Increases Tasman Freighter Capacity by 40 Per Cent". 6 December 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
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  21. ^ "Media Releases - JUMBO SIZED DELIVERY FOR QANTAS FREIGHT TOUCHES DOWN". Qantas. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  22. ^ Qantas admits cargo price fixing, BBC News 27 November 2007
  23. ^ Rochfort, Scott. "Jail for former Qantas boss in cargo price-fixing cartel", Sydney Morning Herald 10 May 2008. Retrieved: 15 November 2008.
  24. ^ a b "Qantas fined $20m for price fixing", ABC News, 28 October 2008. Retrieved: 15 November 2008.