Got Milk?

Random title... I know. 

However, this was the question asked of VAN Dairy company in Tasmania - And the answer was, of course, Yes! To link this together, VAN Dairy is owned by Moon Lake Investments, and they see the huge demand for fresh milk in China as an unmissable opportunity for the Tasmanian company. 

In a deal inked this week, Qantas Freight has committed to freighting 50,000 litres of VAN Dairy milk to Ningbo in China every week - with the possibility of increasing this frequency as time goes on. "The key to satisfying that demand is having a reliable freight partner with an established freighter network, infrastructure and support in China and expertise in handling fresh produce - Qantas provides that." Sean Shwe said. (Managing Director of Moon Lake Investments) 

This is a huge coup for Tasmania, and also a return to international flights in Hobart for the first time since Air New Zealand in the late 1990's. 

Granted - This new service isn't for passengers, but it will get the ball rolling for the airport's International capabilities once again. 

  Qantas Freight will be deploying VH-EFR, their 767-300F on the service. 

Qantas Freight will be deploying VH-EFR, their 767-300F on the service. 

Qantas Catering's Executive Manager, Alison Webster said "Over the past three years, Qantas Freight has developed particularly strong capabilities in dairy export which, with it's short-life, requires close collaboration to ensure on time delivery and quality control throughout the supply chain."

Whilst the Hobart-Ningbo route will take the 767-300F to the limit of it's range, it is possible. The only other alternative would be with a stopover, (undesirable) or shifting the cargo into a Qantas operated Atlas Air B747 out of Sydney, which currently operates into Ningbo several times a week. 

The new service is due to commence within the first 6 months of 2017.