Team Global Express is pleased to announce a strategic $480 million, seven-year partnership with trans-Tasman cargo airline, Texel Air Australasia. This partnership has introduced four Boeing 737-800 BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) aircraft to Team Global Express’ domestic air freight fleet to maximise delivery efficiency and reliability.

The partnership commenced in June and transports freight throughout the country as part of the Team Global Express air network. It supports 59 Australian jobs, with 39 roles based in the Queensland operations hub.

The Boeing 737-800 BCFs replace four aircraft in the company’s total fleet of forty planes and are the first to proudly display Team Global Express branded livery.

The new freighters will bolster the reliability of Team Global Express’ existing schedule by handling larger shipments and tighter deadlines with ease. Texel’s Boeing 737-800 BCFs boast a 4,000kg increase in cargo capacity per flight from the aircraft they have replaced. Additionally, their multi-pallet configuration benefits the express and e-commerce freight market, enabling Team Global Express to offer greater flexibility for customer needs.

Team Global Express can deliver to 95% of Australia within 48 hours through its extensive intermodal network across rail, road, air and sea. This is backed by a weekly schedule of 520 domestic flights travelling across Australia’s most far-reaching air freight system, with the vast majority, 430, servicing regional communities.

The newly introduced planes enable more parcels to be delivered along regional flight paths on prioritised schedules, including additional morning pick-ups at destinations such as Port Hedland, Norfolk Island and Karratha. Through a more frequent and efficient schedule, these smaller hops can facilitate more overnight deliveries for regional customers.

Team Global Express Group CEO Christine Holgate said the partnership will advance the reliability and speed of the company’s air freight services, particularly in regional Australia:

“In a country as vast as Australia, air freight plays a vital role in connecting distant cities and transporting essential goods such as lifesaving medications, perishable goods, machinery equipment and livestock. Team Global Express moves over 100 million items each year across its multimodal network, and our point of difference is that we can rally our whole network during disruptive events such as inclement weather to get our customers’ freight where it needs to be.

“We’re excited to partner with Texel to enhance our customers’ domestic air freight experiences through greater network capabilities, good value pricing, and community and environmental benefits in the form of quieter, more fuel-efficient operations. The new planes contribute towards a 20% improvement in cargo capacity, which creates a greater carbon saving per parcel.

“This partnership supports our new e-commerce product, which offers customers unrivalled speed across a single network. Team Global Express is proud to deliver at least one day faster across Australia than any other parcel operator, and we’re confident the new Boeing 737-800 BCFs will enable tighter delivery timeframes via our air routes.”

Team Global Express has a mission to become Australia’s most sustainable logistics company. The Boeing 737-800 BCFs have an increased fuel efficiency of 5% compared to the aircraft they replace, which contributes towards lowering Team Global Express’ overall fuel consumption.