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Tasman Cargo Airlines
IATA
HJ
ICAO
TMN
Callsign
TASMAN
Founded 1994
Fleet size One
Destinations 2 scheduled
Headquarters Mascot, New South Wales, Australia
Key people

Tasman Cargo Airlines Pty. Limited is a cargo airline based in Sydney, Australia. It operates scheduled international cargo services on behalf of DHL and ad hoc domestic and international cargo charters. Its corporate headquarters is at Mascot, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney and the location of Sydney Airport, and its sole aircraft is based at Auckland Airport in New Zealand.

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History

Tasman Cargo Airlines' Boeing 727 taxiing at Sydney Airport

Tasman Cargo Airlines commenced operations as Premier Airlines on 5 September 1994, headquartered in Melbourne, Victoria and flying a Boeing 727-100 freighter on behalf of DHL. Due to International Civil Aviation Organization "Stage III" aircraft noise restrictions this aircraft was withdrawn from service the following year and the current Boeing 727-200 was acquired.[1] In late 1996 Premier Airlines changed its name to Asian Express Airlines to better reflect its role in flying for DHL in the Asian region, and moved its headquarters to Auckland Airport.[2] The airline's domicile in New Zealand was short-lived; it was established at its current location by early 1998.[3] On 1 October 2008 the airline changed its name from Asian Express Airlines to the current Tasman Cargo Airlines.[4] As it has only one aircraft the airline has needed to use other operators' aircraft when its own is scheduled for maintenance. These other operators have included Pel-Air,[5] Transmile Air Services and HeavyLift Cargo Airlines.

Destinations

Tasman Cargo Airlines operates regular scheduled cargo services on behalf of DHL Express from Auckland to Sydney and return. These services operate on Monday - Thursday nights and on Saturdays during daylight hours. It also has approval to operate services to Nouméa and Melbourne[6] (the airline flew scheduled once-weekly services between Auckland and Nouméa's La Tontouta International Airport on behalf of Aircalin[5] until late 2002). A significant part of the airline's business is the carriage of racehorses across the Tasman Sea.[7]

Fleet

As of January 2009 the Tasman Cargo Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:

  • 1 Boeing 727-200

The aircraft is owned by European Air Transport.[8].

References

  1. ^ Reid, Gordon. "13th Annual Major Airline Directory", Australian Aviation magazine No. 117, May 1996, p46-58. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. ISSN 0813-0876.
  2. ^ Reid, Gordon. "14th Annual Major Airline Directory", Australian Aviation magazine No. 128, May 1997, p58-71. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. ISSN 0813-0876.
  3. ^ Reid, Gordon. "Major Airline Directory", Australian Aviation magazine No. 139, May 1998, p56-68. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. ISSN 0813-0876.
  4. ^ Australian Securities & Investments Commission Tasman Cargo Airlines Pty. Ltd. page retrieved on 20 January 2009.
  5. ^ a b Reid, Gordon. "Major Airline Directory", Australian Aviation magazine No. 161, May 2000, p53-66. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. ISSN 0813-0876.
  6. ^ CASA website link to Tasman Cargo Airlines Air Operator Certificate retrieved on 20 January 2009.
  7. ^ Waddington, Helen. "Melbourne Cup", Cabin Crew, Flight Safety Australia magazine, Volume 7, Number 5, November-December 2003, p34-37. Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Canberra. ISSN 1325-5002. Online version here retrieved 2008-01-04.
  8. ^ Australian civil aircraft register search using "Tasman Cargo Airlines" as the search parameter. Search conducted 20 January 2009.
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