Tasman Cargo Airlines

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 are at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport in the Sydney suburb of Mascot. Its sole aircraft is a Boeing 767 which is based at Auckland Airport in New Zealand.

Tasman Cargo Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Fleet sizeOne
Destinations2 scheduled
HeadquartersMascot, New South Wales, Australia


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 Due to International Civil Aviation Organization "Stage III" aircraft noise restrictions this aircraft was withdrawn from service the following year and a Boeing 727-200 was acquired.[2] In late 1996 Premier Airlines changed its name to Asian Express Airlines to better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.[3] The airline's domicile in New Zealand was short-lived; it was established at its current location by early 1998.[4]

On 1 October 2008 the airline changed its name from Asian Express Airlines to the current Tasman Cargo Airlines.[5] In 2010 the airline leased a Boeing 757-200SF freighter from DHL Air UK, pending acquisition of its own 757.[6] The leased aircraft replaced the airline's previously-operated Boeing 727-200 freighter, retired on 31 August 2010 ahead of new Australian aircraft noise regulations taking effect the following day. This was the last Boeing 727 registered in Australia.[6]

As it has operated only one aircraft the airline has used other operators' aircraft when its own was scheduled for maintenance. These other operators have included Pel-Air,[7] Transmile Air Services and HeavyLift Cargo Airlines.

Tasman's 757 was replaced by a B767-300F in July 2018.


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[8] (the airline flew scheduled once-weekly services between Auckland and Nouméa's La Tontouta International Airport on behalf of Aircalin[7] until late 2002). A significant part of the airline's business is the carriage of racehorses across the Tasman Sea.[9]


The Tasman Cargo Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2019):[10]

Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 767-300F[11] 1

Former fleet

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:


  1. Federal Aviation Administration - Contractions FAAO JO 7340.2 Archived 15 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Reid, Gordon. "13th Annual Major Airline Directory", Australian Aviation magazine No. 117, May 1996, p46-58. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. ISSN 0813-0876.
  3. Reid, Gordon. "14th Annual Major Airline Directory", Australian Aviation magazine No. 128, May 1997, p58-71. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. ISSN 0813-0876.
  4. Reid, Gordon. "Major Airline Directory", Australian Aviation magazine No. 139, May 1998, p56-68. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. ISSN 0813-0876.
  5. Australian Securities & Investments Commission Tasman Cargo Airlines Pty. Ltd. page retrieved on 20 January 2009.
  6. "Tasman Cargo 727 makes final flight". Australian Aviation. 1 September 2010.
  7. Reid, Gordon. "Major Airline Directory", Australian Aviation magazine No. 161, May 2000, p53-66. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. ISSN 0813-0876.
  8. CASA website link to Tasman Cargo Airlines Air Operator Certificate retrieved on 20 January 2009.
  9. 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 Archived 8 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 2008-01-04.
  10. "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 4.
  11. VH-EXZ Live Flight Tracking on FligtAware.com, retrieved 30 December 2018
  12. "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 5.

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