Australian air Express.

The in-depth histories of the individual aircraft that have been operated by Australian air Express, or wet-leased by them.


Background Information.

Australian air Express 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. AeA started operations on August 01, 1992. It was established as a joint venture between Qantas Airways (50%), and the government-owned postal provider, Australia Post with 50%, as a competitor to the then Ansett Australia. Australian air Express operated more than 50 nightly inter-capital freighter services.

Australian air Express used freight capacity on Qantas domestic flights and also dedicated cargo services operated on its behalf by several different companies, principally using Boeing 727 aircraft. Australian air Express began the phasing out of the Boeing 727s in September 2006 and they were replaced by specially converted Boeing 737 aircraft that were formerly part of the Qantas fleet, operated by Qantas subsidiary Express Freighters Australia. The first Boeing 737 entered service on October 24, 2006.

On October 02, 2012 Qantas announced that it would acquire Australia Post's 50% interest in AaE, in return for Australia Post acquiring Qantas' 50% interest in Star Track Express. Australian air Express was absorbed into Qantas Freight during February 2013. However some of its operations are still continuing as the air division of Star Track Express.