New air fleet to meet growing demand for overnight parcels

26 June 2015

New Zealand Post, through its courier arm Express Couriers Limited (ECL), will introduce three Boeing 737-400 freighter aircraft to carry parcels and packets for overnight delivery around New Zealand, it announced today.

The aircraft will be fully in service from May 2016. They will replace a fleet of one 737-300 aircraft and two ageing Fokker F27 Friendships.

New Zealand Post chief executive Brian Roche said the new aircraft are faster and will provide greater volume capacity and reliability, which is important for New Zealand Post in a growing market for express parcels and packets.

“With more people shopping online than ever before, the demand for overnight parcel delivery has grown and this will continue.

“These aircraft will help to future-proof our network, giving New Zealand Post the ability to support our customers’ service requirements and meet the growing market for the next 10 to 15 years.”

The new fleet will provide operational cost savings for New Zealand Post and avoid further significant change over at least the next 10 years, Mr Roche said.

The aircraft will be leased and operated by a company set up as a joint venture between ECL’s current airline services supplier, Airworks Flight Operations Ltd, and Fieldair Holdings Ltd, Freightways’ subsidiary and current airline services company. The aircraft capacity will also be used by Freightways and will expand the existing inter-island load sharing airfreight agreement between the companies.

The aircraft will fly in and out of Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch and link up with New Zealand Post’s nationwide processing, road line-haul and delivery network in these centres.

How the aircraft compare

  737-400 737-300 Fokker F27
Volume capacity/payload 17,800 Kg 15,000 Kg 4,800 Kg
Speed M0.74
~490 knots
~907 km/hr
~490 knots
~907 km/hr
240 kts
444 km/hr

ECL expects to see a net reduction of 82,000 L or 210 CO2eT pa in carbon emissions as a result of the change.