was alogisticscompany based in Melbourne, Australia. It operated freight-only services within Australia using aircraft operated byExpress Freighters Australia(a subsidiary ofQantas),National Jet SystemsandPel-Air; and a fleet of land vehicles. Its main base wasMelbourne Airport.
Express Freighters AustraliaBoeing 737s formed the core of the Australian airExpress fleet after National Jet Systems Boeing 727s were retired
National Jet Systems BAe 146-300 operating on behalf of Australian airExpress
Pel-Air Fairchild Expediter operating on behalf of Australian airExpress
Australian airExpress International facility atSydney Airport
Australian airExpress was established in early 1992 as a domestic air freight company with the ability of pick-up and delivery services using both vans and trucks. AaE started operations on 1 August 1992. It was established as a joint venture between Australias largest airline Qantas (50%), and government-owned postal providerAustralia Post(50%) as a main competitor to the thenAnsett Australia. AaE operated more than 50 nightly inter-capital freighter services.AaE used freight capacity on Qantas domestic flights and also dedicated cargo services operated on its behalf by several different companies, principally usingBoeing 727aircraft. Australian airExpress began the phasing out of the 727s in September 2006and they were replaced by specially converted Boeing 737 aircraft that were formerly part of the Qantas fleet, operated by Qantas subsidiaryExpress Freighters Australia. The first Boeing 737 entered service on 24 October 2006.On 2 October 2012,Qantasannounced it would acquire Australia Posts 50% interest in AaE, in return for Australia Post acquiring Qantas 50% interest inStar Track Express.
Australian airExpress was absorbed intoQantas Freightduring February 2013. As a result, its own website ceased to exist but some of its operations are still continuing as the air division of Star Track Express.
AaE flight operations were somewhat complex and varied. Next Flight services used space on the next available scheduled Qantas passenger flights. Items carried for Overnight, 2 Day Economy and Off-Peak deliveries were flown on both Qantas and Australian airExpress aircraft operated by Express Freighters Australia, National Jet Systems subsidiary National Jet Express, and Pel-Air. The company did not service the Northern Territory overnight from Sydney. Due to the three different service providers, AaE flights operated using different flight numbers and callsigns. The Express Freighters Australia Boeing 737s used Qantas flight numbers and callsigns as the ground handling was done by Qantas/Express Freighters,while National Jet Express used the aircraft registration as their callsign and used the IATA designatorXMfor its flight numbers (and used the ICAO designatorXME).Pel-Air flights also usedXMflight numbers but had no specific callsigns. AaE also had an international Division called Australian airExpress International.
In February 2008 Australian airExpress operated freight services to the following domestic scheduled destinations:
The following aircraft were operating on behalf of Australian airExpress in December 2011:
Operated byExpress Freighters Australia
Operated byCobham Aviation Services
Operated by Cobham Aviation Services
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Australia Post to buy Qantas out of freight group StarTrack Express in $400 million deal. Herald Sun. 2 October 2012.
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3 February 2008 at theWayback Machine. retrieved 2008-02-05.
7 August 2008 at theWayback Machine. retrieved 2008-09-06.
Australian air Express locationsretrieved 2008-02-05.
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Australian civil aircraft register search, using National Jet Express as the search parameter.
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