Qantas Freight has been named as the exclusive air freight partner to carry VAN Dairy’s fresh Tasmanian milk export to Ningbo, China.

In the first half of 2017, subject to government and regulatory approvals, Qantas will carry more than 50,000 liters of fresh VAN milk in the belly of a Boeing 767-300 freighter from Hobart to the second largest city in the Zhejiang Province which has a population of 55 million people.

The Boeing 767-300 service, the largest commercial aircraft to regularly operate into and out of Hobart, will initially operate weekly with a view to increasing the frequency to meet demand.

Local distributors will truck the milk to supermarkets and convenience stores in Ningbo and Beijing, with fresh milk travelling from cow to container to consumer in China across 10,000 kilometers.

Managing Director of VAN Dairy’s parent company, Moon Lake Investments, Sean Shwe, said: “There is a huge demand for fresh milk in China and the key to satisfying that demand is having a reliable freight partner with an established freighter network, infrastructure and support in China and expertise in handling fresh produce – Qantas provides that.”

Executive Manager Qantas Freight and Qantas Catering Group, Alison Webster said the airline was excited to be working with VAN Dairy to help to expand its customer base internationally.

Through its partnerships with Lion Dairy, two locally-based freight logistics companies and now Qantas, VAN Dairy is able to guarantee “chain of custody” and quality of the milk from the cow to the carton to the consumer in China.