Qantas Freight leases 767-300F

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Qantas Freight will increase capacity on the trans-Tasman market by up to 40% when it deploys a wet-leased Boeing 767-300 freighter on the route from February 2011.

The aircraft, which will replace a 767-200F, has a 17,000 kg, or 40%, increased payload. It can also carry five additional unit load device containers.

"The Tasman is one of Qantas Freight's most important markets and this investment reinforces the commitment we made when we established the freighter operation in 2009," says Qantas Freight executive manager Stephen Cleary.

"It will provide Australian and New Zealand exporters with more dedicated capacity."

Qantas will take production line freighter, MSN 33510, on an undisclosed long term lease from Japan's SOJITZ Corporation, a spokeswoman says. The freighter was built in January 2006 and was previously operated by All Nippon Airways, she adds.

The 767-300F will be operated by subsidiary Express Freighters Australia, which currently operates four 737-300Fs for Australian Air Express. The aircraft will be the first freighter to wear the Qantas livery, although the tail will be solid red, Qantas says.

Competitor Air New Zealand carries freight in the belly of its wide-body aircraft that fly across the Tasman. Qantas primarily deploys narrow-body aircraft across the Tasman.