VIRGIN Australia’s launched a new daily service between Sydney and Hong Kong on 2 July, with 15-20 tonnes of cargo capacity on each A330 flight.
This service is added to Virgin Australia’s existing Melbourne-Hong Kong route, launched in November.
Virgin Atlantic Cargo managing director Dominic Kennedy said the company ran the Sydney-Hong Kong route until mid-2014.
“The big shift in the market since 2014 is the significant rise of e-commerce volumes driven by the growth of online shopping in Australia and China,” he said.
Each A330 flight from Australia is expected to offer 15-20 tonnes of cargo capacity, although Virgin Atlantic achieved a new record of 25,431 kilograms on a single flight from Melbourne earlier this year.
E-commerce shipments from China to Australia have boosted load factors from Hong Kong to Melbourne to close to 90 per cent and Virgin Atlantic expects to see similar volumes into Sydney. From Australia, regular cargo will include courier traffic, perishables, milk powder and vitamins.