(27 June 2021)
Air New Zealand will soon launch cargo flights between
Melbourne and Los Angeles after the airline was awarded the route
as part of the Australian Government’s International Freight
Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) programme.
The airline will operate the service with one
flight per week until 31 October 2021, with the first flight bound
for Melbourne on 3 July.
The service will be in addition to the Brisbane –
Los Angeles route the airline has been operating since August 2020
under the same scheme.
“This service will help Australian exporters get
high-value, time-sensitive perishable exports to global markets
and assist with importing nationally important goods to
Australia,” said Air New Zealand General Manager Cargo Anna
Palairet. “Over the next four months, the route will open the
potential for nearly 1000 tonnes to be moved between Melbourne and
Los Angeles. We know there is some big cargo demand on this route
as it gives Australian exporters and importers another option to
move products to and from the US. In fact, the first flight is
In May, the airline was also awarded more flying
under the New Zealand Government’s Maintaining International Air
Connectivity (MIAC) scheme.
“This scheme has been extended through to October,
and we will operate around 30 flights per week to 13 destinations
including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Shanghai, as well as
maintaining air connectivity with key ports within the Pacific
Islands,” Anna said. “Our cargo team has worked hard to keep
products moving for the past 15 months which has also allowed us
to bring Kiwis home while international travel is constrained by
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