Sydney - Qantas is expanding its cargo fleet with two Boeing 747-8F. The planes are leased from American wet-lease operator Atlas Air and will replace two Boeing 747-400F. The Australian airline has a total of fourteen cargo aircraft.
The new Boeing 747-8Fs of the Australian carrier will join the fleet in July and fly on routes from Australia to China and the United States. Both aircraft will be operated by Atlas Air and retain the colors of the American company.
Qantas currently has fourteen freighters in its fleet and they are all leased from third parties. For instance, Cobham Aviation flies four BAe 146 on behalf Qantas, six Boeing 737s and one Boeing 767 are operated by Express Freighters Australia and Pel-Air flies a Saab 340 on domestic routes.
Qantas Boeing 767-381F(ER)
Atlas Air also operates two Boeing 747-400 for Qantas, but those aircraft, therefore, will be replaced by newly leased two Boeing 747-8F.