Qantas Freight goes to Vietnam

Qantas Freight has commenced a direct weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service between Australia, Vietnam, China and the United States.
Executive Manager Qantas Freight, Stephen Cleary said the new route was a result of Qantas Freight seeking new opportunities to service the needs of its global customers against the background of a worldwide decline in demand.
“Vietnam is one of the few countries in the region that continues to see export growth, and we are very pleased to be able to support initiatives to grow trade between Australia and Vietnam and between Vietnam and the rest of the world,” Mr Cleary said.
“Our service will offer Vietnamese exporters one of the shortest transit times to the US and is conveniently timed to connect with our scheduled mainland China trucking services as well as passenger and freighter aircraft operating from Shanghai back into Australia.
“Importantly, we also have the option to add a second weekly service once global air freight volumes pick up.”
Mr Cleary said that the new service would operate under the flight number QF7585 direct from Sydney to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, approximately six kilometres from Ho Chi Mihn City, the country’s economic hub.
The service will depart every Thursday from Sydney and Ho Chi Minh City, arriving in Shanghai and New York early on Friday morning and Chicago early on Saturday morning.
Mr Cleary said Qantas Freight had recently made a number of changes to its freighter operations in response to the global decline in airfreight volumes
“In recent months we have successfully redirected capacity and resources from our European and Middle Eastern services to add Bangkok, Auckland, Melbourne, Singapore and now Ho Chi Minh City to our network,” he said.

Qantas Freight goes electronic

Qantas Freight has announced the roll-out of its e-Freight initiative in Australia by 2010, in conjunction with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the local airfreight industry.
Qantas Freight executive general manager Grant Fenn said the move was a significant step towards modernising and simplifying the air cargo industry, meeting the demands of international supply chains.
“Air freight at present is unnecessarily complex, relying on myriad outdated paper processes,” he said.
“We are looking forward to when paper airway bills and other documentation currently required in multiple copies can be replaced with a single electronic message that can be used throughout the life of the shipment."
Qantas Freight has already begun a multi-million dollar project to replace its IT systems to enhance the accuracy of data capture and handle demands for greater data sharing.
Mr Fenn said a key to improving the quality of information is collaboration among relevant sectors, including airlines, government agencies, forwarders and shippers.
"Ultimately, electronic messaging will mean better service for customers and a strengthening of the safety and security of air cargo, without disrupting speed of delivery,” he said.
"The e-Freight initiative will also deliver significant cost savings to the industry through the elimination of paper storage, a reduction in the incidence of delays from freight arriving at its destination without documentation, and improved data consistency."

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