1 December 2021 Tasmania’s world-class fresh produce will again be flown across the world to key Asian markets. This is thanks to a seasonal freight service by Cathay Pacific which resumed this week. The service is operated on an Airbus A350-900 cargo-only passenger plane. The first flight of the service departed Hobart for Hong Kong on Monday evening. It carried a variety of fresh Tasmanian produce, including live lobsters and abalone.
The seasonal service will operate up to four times a week. It will transport highly perishable produce including seafood, cherries and lettuce to key Asian markets. These include: Hong Kong China Taiwan South Korea Japan Vietnam Thailand Singapore Malaysia the Philippines. This is the second year of Cathay Pacific’s seasonal cargo service. It is the first non-charter international carrier to operate a cargo service direct from Hobart since 1998. Cathay Pacific Head of Cargo for Southwest Pacific Nigel Chynoweth says the service would provide a valuable link for exporters from Hobart to Asia. ‘The resumption of this service shows Cathay Pacific’s continued support of local Australian exporters,’ Chynoweth says. ‘It facilitates the movement of a wide range of fresh produce from Tasmania to various parts of Asia via Hong Kong, one of the world’s busiest cargo logistics hubs. ‘The seasonal flight will operate up to 4 times a week until February next year.’ Austrade’s International ...
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