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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1992. A K A TRANSAUSTRALIAN AIR. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 1324L
2ND FLOOR, 399 ELIZABETH STREET
MELBOURNE, VICTORIA 3001, AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA (COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1901, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 7,686,848 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 17.9 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS CANBERRA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.
NOVEMBER 1998: HQ AT TULLAMARINE.
JOINT VENTURE OF QANTAS (QAN), AND AUSTRALIAN POSTAL CORPORATION.
LEASING 727-277F, EX-PREMIER (PRH), WITH FEDEX (FED) HUSHKITS, OPERATED FOR AUSTRALIAN AIR EXPRESS (ACS) 4/WEEK PERTH, MELBOURNE, PERTH ROTATION.
OPERATES AUSTRALIAN AIR EXPRESS (ACS) TO HOBART.
APRIL 2000: 1,200 EMPLOYEES. SITA: MELFAXM.
HUBS: ADELAIDE AIRPORT, BRISBANE AIRPORT, CAIRNS AIRPORT, PERTH AIRPORT, & SYDNEY AIRPORT.
JULY 2001: SITA: MELFXTN.
DECEMBER 2001: 1 727-277F (20549, N275WC), OPERATES FOR AUSTRALIAN AIR EXPRESS, EX-EXPRESS ONE (EOI), JET EAST (JTE) LEASED.
November 2002: TransAustralian Air Express was formed by TransWorld Leasing to operate 1 727-100F, and 4 727-200F's on behalf of Australian Air Express (ACS); plans for 4th Quarter 2002, for +2 727-200F's leased from European Air Transport (EPT).
February 2003: 727-227F (21695) re-registered (VH-VLF).
March 2003: Has taken over Ansett Air Cargo's Perth freight hub. Combined with the company's original freight terminal at Perth, the new facility encompasses 66,500 sq ft/6,180 sq m.
Changed its name from "Transaustralian Air Express" to "Transaustralian Air." It wet-leases airplanes to Australian Air Express (ACS).
July 2003: Placed into liquidation.
September 2003: 7 727's have been transferred to National Jet Systems (NJS).
October 2003: 727-281F (21455) returned to Finova (GRB).
April 2005: Australian Air Express (ACS) operates all-freight, jet airplane services within Australia.
(IATA) Code: XM - 524. (ICAO) Code: XME. SITA Code: MELFAXN.
Parent organization/shareholders: Australian Postal Corporation (50%); & Qantas Airways (QAN) (50%).
Main Base: Melbourne Tullamarine International airport (MEL).
Hub: Sydney Kingsford Smith International airport (SYD).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Adelaide; Brisbane; Cairns; Canberra; Darwin; Gove; Groote Eylandt; Hobart; Launceston; Mackay; Melbourne; Perth; Rockhampton; Sydney; & Townsville.
March 2006: Qantas (QAN) will convert 4 737-300s to freighters for domestic operator Australian Air Express (ACS). Work will commence next month and be completed by January, with the airplanes entering service as they are completed from August. The program will use conversion kits developed by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)'s Bedek Aviation division. The 737s will replace a fleet of 727-200s. Australian Air Express (ACS) is owned jointly by Qantas (QAN) and Australia Post.
October 2006: 727-277F (20551) sold to Kelowna (KEL).
December 2006: Qantas (QAN) Freight represented by its subsidiary, Australian Air Express (ACS) launched a 4x-weekly Melbourne - Auckland overnight service aboard a 767-300F.
July 2007: 3m FKI Logistex won a contract from Australian Air Express (ACS) for 2 cross-belt sortation systems. The 2 S-3000CB sorters will be installed in June 2008 in (ACS)'s purpose-built domestic freight processing centers in Melbourne and Sydney.
February 2009: 727-277 (21695), returned and leased from Alvar Enterprises to Panavia Cargo Airlines (PVI) as (HP-1653CTH).
July 2009: 767-223ERF (22318, N761CX), (ATI) Air Transport International (TIN) wet-leased to (QAN) subsidiary, Australian Air Express (ACS) for freight service between Australia and New Zealand - - SEE PHOTO - - "ACS-767-223ERF-JUL09."
December 2010: Qantas (QAN) is expanding its dedicated freighter operation with the introduction of a leased 767-300F on routes to New Zealand. The 767-300F will replace a 767-200F, which will increase
freight capacity in this market by +40%, (QAN) said. It will be the 1st airplane to bear the livery of "Qantas Freight" (ACS) which is similar to the Qantas (QAN) mainline livery but without the familiar Kangaroo design on the tail.
The new 767-300F airplane is being dry-leased from Japan’s Sojitz
Corporation, and was previously operated by (ANA). It will now be
operated by Qantas subsidiary, Express Freighters Australia (EFA).
(EFA) already operates 4 737-300F converted freighters. Qantas Freight (ACS) also manages 3 747-400Fs, which are wet-leased from Atlas (TLS). These are not operated by (EFA), due to the different lease arrangement.
March 2013: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) and Qantas (QAN) Freight (ACS) have inked a partnership to cooperate on cargo capacity on each other’s passenger services. Beginning March 31, the 2 companies will offer customers access to each of the 2 networks, marketing their cargo capacity to a total 233 ports across 6 continents. “This partnership will offer customers a range of benefits including increased frequencies, more options and flexibility, and ultimately improvements through the creation of seamless connections to more destinations,” Emirates Divisional Senior VP Cargo Ram Menen said. “SkyCargo (EMC) customers from around the world will initially have access to 28 destinations on Qantas (QAN) Freight (ACS)’s network including 10 ports in Australia and 8 destinations in Asia.”
Qantas (QAN) will also expand its network to include 65 Emirates (EAD) destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia connecting with its own existing network of 80 destinations in Australia through interline arrangements.
Emirates (EAD) and Qantas (QAN) will offer >90x-weekly Australia - Dubai services beginning March 31, subject to regulatory approvals.
May 2013: Qantas (QAN) will, by the end of the year, lease a 747-400ERF to replace an older 747-400F freighter currently being operated for it by Atlas Air (TLS). While still subject to regulatory approval, the airplane will be re-branded into (QAN)'s distinctive "Qantas Freight" (ACS) livery, though flights will be operated by Express Freighters Australia ((ICAO) Code: EFA, based at Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD)), a wholly-owned subsidiary of (QAN). The switch in equipment comes as (QAN) believes the 747-400ERF series will offer "greater capacity and range" compared to the older 747-400 series and will "deliver increased efficiency" in the long run.
February 2014: Atlas Air (TLS) and Qantas Freight (ACS), the cargo unit of Australia’s Qantas Airways (QAN), have extended their aircraft, crew, maintenance & insurance (ACMI) wet-lease contract.
Purchase, New York-based (TLS) and (ACS) have had an (ACMI) accord for the last decade, and (TLS) said the renewed agreement clears it to continue operating 2 Boeing 747-400Fs in (ACMI) service for Qantas (QAN) on transpacific routes linking Australia and Asia to the USA. The length of the contract extension was not disclosed.
Qantas Freight (ACS) Executive Manager, Alison Webster added that Atlas (TLS)’s (ACMI) service has allowed (QAN) to have greater access to “valued [cargo] customers in China, the USA, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia. (TLS) gives us the ability to integrate long-haul freighter airplanes into our fleet and strengthen the reach of our cargo network.”
Click below for photos:
1 727-77C (JT8D-7A) (768-20278, /69 VH-TBS), (ROI) LSD. TRANSFERRED TO (NJS). FREIGHTER.
0 727-277F (JT8D-15 HK) (1481-21695, /79 VH-VLF), EX-(ANS)/(INL), (ROI) LSD. RTND, & LSD FROM ALVAR ENTERPRISES TO PANAVIA CARGO AIRLINES (PVI). FREIGHTER.
1 727-277F (JT8D-15 HK) (989-20549, /73 VH-TXH), (JTE) LSD, WET-LST (ACS). FREIGHTER.
2 727-277F (JT8D-15 HK) (1054-20551*, /74 VH-RMX "JULIE;" 1753-22641, /81 VH-VLI "TANIA;" 1759-22642, /81 VH-VLH "JOANNE"), (EPT) LSD, WET-LST (ACS) 2002-11. *WINGLETS. 20551; ST (KEL) 2006-10. FREIGHTER.
0 727-281C (JT8D) (1316-21455, /78 VH-TXE), EX-(ANA)/(QCC), (GRB) LSD, (TRV) WET-LSD 2001-09, XFRD FROM (TRV) 2002-12. RTND (GRB) 2003-10. FREIGHTER.
4 737-300F (CFM56-3), EX-(QAN) CONV TO F BY (IAI) 2006-03. OPS FOR EXPRESS FREIGHTERS AUSTRALIA (EFA). FREIGHTER.
3 747-400F, (TLS) WET-LSD. FREIGHTER
0 767-223ERF (111-22318, /85 N761CX - - SEE PHOTO - - "ACS-767-223ERF-2009-07"), (TIN) WET-LSD 2009-06. RTND. FREIGHTER.
1 767-300F, OPERATES FOR (QAN) FREIGHT 2010-12. SOJITZ CORPORATION LSD. FREIGHTER.
1 B AE 146-100QC (ALF502R-3) (E1002, /83 VH-NJV), (NJS) WET-LSD. FREIGHTER.
2 B AE 146-300QT (ALF502R-5) (E3198, /91 VH-NJF; E3194, /91 VH-NJM), (NJS) WET-LSD. FREIGHTER.
3 FAIRCHILD EXPEDITER SA227AT (TPE331-11U-611G) (AT-563, /83 VH-EEN; AT-564, /83 VH-EEO; AT-567, /83 VH-EEP). FREIGHTER.
ALLEN BUCKLEY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
WILLIAM CAIN, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (T: (61-3) 9334-5727).
MS ALISON WEBSTER, EXECUTIVE MANAGER.