From 5 July, Virgin Atlantic Cargo will be adding a new Melbourne–Hong Kong route, to be operated by its partner, Virgin Australia, The Loadstar reports.
There will be five A330-200 flights per week once the route is launched, with each offering 14 tonnes of cargo capacity.
All cargo space on the flights will be sold by Virgin Atlantic Cargo as an extension of the long-haul international sales contract it has with Virgin Australia.
John Lloyd, Managing Director, Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said, “This is great news for our customers because it really opens up the Australia–Hong Kong–Australia market in addition to the services we already offer with Virgin Australia that connect Australia and the US west coast.
“Hong Kong is an important and growing market for companies in Australia, with over 21.5 million kilograms of air cargo moving from Melbourne to Hong Kong alone in 2016.
“We are confident of winning a good share of this business and also see great potential to grow volumes into Melbourne from Hong Kong and London.”