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CATHAY PACIFIC JUMBO JETS INTO WELLCAMP AIRPORT HEADED FOR ASIA

05 November 2015

TOOWOOMBA: History will be made when a Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-800F lands at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba and departs for Hong Kong on November 23 this year.

It will be the first time an international flight will depart from Australia’s newest airport and the first time Cathay Pacific Airways has operated a cargo service into an Australian regional centre.

Airport developer Wagners global chairman John Wagner said the flight would mark not only a major aviation milestone but a significant commercial initiative for the country.

“The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is likely to come into force by the end of the year.

“We are on the cusp of a massive export opportunity that will give local producers access to markets that feed half of the world’s population and this flight is the first step towards achieving this long-term goal.

“We are thrilled Cathay Pacific Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines, is focusing on our region,” said Mr Wagner, whose airport celebrates its one-year anniversary on November 17.

He said as Australia’s second largest agricultural basin it made commercial sense to build an airport in the region with a 2.87km runway that could accommodate large freight aircraft.

The plane will carry local Darling Downs produce when it departs Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport for Cathay Pacific Airways’ main Asian hub at Hong Kong International Airport.

At 76.3 metres long with a wingspan of 68.4 metres, the Boeing 747-800 freighter is larger than its predecessor the B747-400 and is quieter, more economical and environmentally-friendly.

Cathay Pacific Airways Southwest Pacific general manager Nelson Chin said the company was excited about bringing its 747-8 freighter into Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport later this month. 

“Cathay Pacific is one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers and we are always looking for new opportunities.  In fact, of the 12 new destinations that have been announced or commenced operations over the past two years, five are for freight only.

“We also congratulate Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport on its 12-month anniversary of operations.

“This is a very exciting time for Australian exporters, and it seems South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales producers and businesses have enormous potential for growth after the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

“It will also be wonderful to see the Boeing 747-8 freighter landing at the airport. This is the newest addition to our fleet and they now make up 13 of our 24 freighter aircraft,” he said.

 

For further details contact:

Karen McKinley

Media and Communications consultant

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport

Tel: 0416 121 777

 

Gail D’Arcy

Cathay Pacific Airways

gail_d’arcy@cathaypacific.com

Tel: 02 9281 2230 or 0411 747 428

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