The service will be operated using a B747-400 aircraft leased from Atlas Air, Inc. under a contract that provides the aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance to Air New Zealand.

The schedule will involve a twice weekly operation departing Auckland on Saturday and Tuesday and routing Auckland – Melbourne – Shanghai – Frankfurt – Chicago – Auckland.

The service replaces a round-the-world MD11 freighter service that was run in partnership with Lufthansa German Airlines. That direct service operated from Frankfurt into North America (New York, Chicago, Atlanta) then Auckland, Melbourne and Bangkok.

General Manager Cargo, Paul Reid said the new service is a welcome expansion for the business and one that will better support New Zealand exporters.

"Air New Zealand Cargo currently operates internationally through the provision of cargo capacity on the Air New Zealand international network and we have a team of cargo professionals based at hub airports around the world," said Mr Reid.

"Our new service will incorporate Shanghai, which is a significant cargo hub, to our network. So, as well as providing New Zealand exporters with a regular service into China, in particular for fresh produce, we will be able to gain significant benefits from operating a China – Europe route, " he said.

B747- 400 freighter specifications
Load capability - 119 tonnes (the equivalent of 144,000 bottles of wine or 26 Hummer cars)
Main deck – can carry 30 pallets 8ft X 10ft
Lower deck – can carry 9 pallets 8ft x 10ft plus bulk hold
Total of 734 cubic metres of volume.


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Company Profiles

Air New Zealand Cargo
Air New Zealand Cargo has 3 core activities:

  • Selling all available cargo capacity on Air New Zealand passenger services
  • Use of freighters to extend the network
  • Providing cargo ground handling services in New Zealand.

Cargo Handling Terminals are located at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Rarotonga.
Sales Offices are located at Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, London, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Fiji.

Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (AAWW). Atlas offers its customers a complete line of freighter services, including ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) contracts for some of the world's leading airlines, and worldwide charter services with a fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft. Learn more at

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