Qantas has publicly stated that the company plans to introduce the Airbus A321 for a freight business from the second half of 2020 as part of an expanded agreement with Australia Post.

An artist's impression of an Airbus A321P2F in Australia Post/Qantas livery. (Qantas)

Qantas and Australia Post have announced that they work together on a seven-year contract covering both domestic and international air freight worth $1 billion. Qantas has also predetermined to add up to three A321 aircrafts to their fleet. The first aircraft is expected to arrive in October 2020.

Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate has stated that the new contract will help meet the continually growing demands for online shopping, and (we all hope) it will speed up Australia Post delivery times. Last year the country’s most common postage company flew more than 400 tonnes of mail on their busiest night, and more than 40 million parcels in December. This year they hope to exceed both those targets.

Qantas's Alan Joyce and Australia Post's Christine Holgate in front of a Qantas Freight/Australia Post Boeing 737-400SF VH-XNH. (Qantas)

Qantas, Australia Post and StarTrack have a long history of cooperation in freight and mail delivery. To learn a more comprehensive explanation of the history and future of the work between Qantas and Australia Post visit the link below.

Qantas signs up for Airbus A321 passenger to freighter conversion