A historic moment for Toowomba, especially Wellcamp Airport on Tuesday 23rd of November as a cargo plane loaded with beef, mangoes and engineering equipment took off at 9:00pm and landed in Hong Kong at 5:15am the following day. A total of 33.354cbm of that freight was Consol Alliance cargo and we are honored to be a small part of history.
It comes nearly a year to the day after a trail flight which Consol Alliance’s very own Shaun Chapman was lucky enough to witness.
‘’Being born in Toowoomba myself, I know what having this service means to the local people, the City and the local economy. To be present for the trial flight on 23rd November 2015 and seeing the local business people and their reactions to seeing the freighter aircraft landing in their city is something I will never forget – there were some tears of joy and excitement shed. For the service ex Wellcamp to now be a regular feature on the Cathay Pacific network, it will provide a vital service to and from the Toowoomba and Brisbane region that we have not had previously. To have a 33 cubic metre shipment to lodge for the first official flight on 22nd November 2016 is a slice of history that we here at Consol Alliance can all be very proud of.’’
Above: Trial flight held on 23rd November 2015 from Towoomba to Hong Kong
This new weekly service from Cathay enables Queensland exporters to benefit from Australia’s free trade agreements and have access to one of the world’s biggest consumer markets; Asia. This freight only service will be departing every Tuesday on a Boeing 474-8F and has a Sydney – Melbourne – Wellcamp – Hong Kong route.
Cathay general manager for Southwest Pacific Nelson Chin told Australian Aviation there was much potential in Wellcamp.
“China buys more of Australia’s agricultural products than any other country and we are confident our new service will provide these businesses with a competitive advantage as the benefits of the new China-Australia Free Trade Agreement increase.”