FedEx hits skies with new trans-Tasman service


FedEx Express will take flight with a new trans-Tasman service directly connecting Christchurch, Auckland and Melbourne. 

The flight will be operated by Airwork, which FedEx says will allow greater connectivity and  shorter transit times and additional capacity to send shipments between Australia and New Zealand. 

The service will operate five times a week between Christchurch-Auckland-Melbourne, adding to the existing five flights on the Sydney-Auckland-Sydney route each week.  

FedEx says it will bring increased capacity and reliability to transport e-commerce, healthcare (cold chain), automotive, agricultural and other critical spare parts shipments.

Air cargo tonnage on these routes is predicted to increase by 7.7% AU to NZ and 7.8% NZ to AU1 in 2022. 

Peter Langley, vice president of FedEx Express Australasia, said the new service comes after Australian exports grew more than $8 billion in 2021. 

“We’re excited to launch this new route as part of our continuous effort to bring better and stronger connections for customers, especially in a corridor of such importance to bilateral trade and Australian and New Zealand businesses,” shares Peter Langley, vice president of FedEx Express Australasia. “Australian exports to New Zealand grew more than US$8 billion during 2021, while New Zealand’s exports to Australia grew to US$5.5 billion2,” Peter says.

“With this additional service, we’ll have ten weekly flights enhancing connections for Aussie and Kiwi businesses including small and medium-sized businesses, looking to expand trade activity.” 

Key benefits from the new trans-Tasman service for Australian and New Zealand businesses include: 

  • More time for Melbourne customers to prepare shipments increased to 5pm.
  • Improved transit times for customers in Christchurch who now have access to next-day International Priority shipping service to Australia. Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane customers who ship to Christchurch will see a one-day improvement for International Priority Freight services. 

Learn more about FedEx’s trans-Tasmin service for Australia and New Zealand

1.Seabury air cargo tonnage projection (Apr 2022)
2.COMTRADE Database on International Trade | United Nations


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