Qantas has announced it will operate the the Airbus A321P2F, a converted freighter, in partnership with Australia Post, the company said.
Quantas said it plans to introduce up to three A321P2F jets from October 2020, which will offer an additional 9t payload over its existing Boeing 737-300Fs that are used on domestic freight services.
Qantas group said moving to higher-capacity freighter jets has been driven by higher demand for next day deliveries, primarily due to the continued growth of e-commerce in Australia.
The A321P2F programme is being developed by Airbus and ST Engineering Aerospace through their EFW joint venture.
Qantas says that its seven-year agreement with Australia Post is valued at over AUD 1 billion (USD 679 million) and includes priority access to freight capacity on flights.