The round-the-world freighter service operated by Air New Zealand Cargo made its inaugural stop at Auckland Airport this morning, arriving to a water canon welcome.
The newly introduced freighter service is operating a twice weekly schedule routing Auckland - Melbourne - Shanghai - Frankfurt - Chicago - Auckland, using a leased B747-400 aircraft.
The aircraft will be on the ground at Auckland for only two hours to allow for the unloading of predominantly dry goods from Chicago and the loading of 24 New Zealand horses bound for Melbourne.
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.
"Our new service will incorporate Shanghai, which is a significant cargo hub, to our network. So, this will provide New Zealand exporters with a regular service into China, in particular for fresh produce & meat products. Air New Zealand Cargo, will also gain significant benefits from operating a China - Europe - USA route," said Mr Reid.
Air New Zealand Cargo also operates internationally through the provision of cargo capacity on the Air New Zealand international network and has a team of cargo professionals based at hub airports around the world.
The new service replaces a round-the-world MD11 freighter service that was run in partnership with Lufthansa German Airlines.
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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