FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and one of the world’s largest express transportation firms, announced the launch of a new trans-Tasman service directly connecting Christchurch, Auckland and Melbourne. The flight will be operated by Airwork, with dedicated block space allocated to FedEx. FedEx customers can enjoy greater connectivity, shorter transit times and additional capacity to send shipments between Australia and New Zealand.
What does the new FedEx offering mean for ANZ clients?
The new service will run five times a week between Christchurch-Auckland-Melbourne, adding to the existing five flights on the Sydney-Auckland-Sydney route each week.
Clients in ANZ will benefit from the increased capacity to transport e-commerce, healthcare, 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 AU in 2022.
“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 ANZ businesses,” shares Peter Langley, VP 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 billion. 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,” Langley further commented.
What are the key benefits of the new FedEx offering?
Key benefits from the new trans-Tasman service for ANZ businesses include:
- More time for Melbourne customers to prepare shipments – The cutoff time for customers in Melbourne is now 5 p.m., a two-hour improvement.
- Improved transit times – Clients in Christchurch will have access to next-day International Priority shipping service to Australia, while those in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane who ship to Christchurch will see a one-day improvement for International Priority Freight.
- Acceptance of Dangerous Goods (DG) – New DG capability in Christchurch, New Zealand.