AaE opens new freight handling facility in Melbourne

AeE domestic freight handling facility in Melbourne.

Australian air Express (AaE) has officially opened its new domestic freight handling facility at Melbourne Airport.

The $20-million facility at Tullamarine features a covered freight sorting, loading and unloading area of 12,000 sqm to allow more efficient freight handling practices.

At the opening ceremony, AaE chief executive Wayne Dunne said: “I have a tremendous sense of pride as I stand here today; pride because I have witnessed the collaboration from the whole AaE team to make the dream our reality.

“For AaE the success formula is simple: provide a quality, superior and reliable service which can adapt to our customers changing needs.”

The facility is equipped with an automated-sortation system, which has the capacity to sort in excess of 100,000 items of freight each day. It was designed to handle a range of different sized and shaped parcels, satchel, mailbags and tubs at the same time, combining monitoring technologies.

The project followed a comprehensive freight survey, which was analysed by experts at RMIT and AeE staff. A freight properties database was developed to profile freight quantities, arrival times and package types. 

AaE, a joint venture between Qantas and Australia Post, has exclusive access to over 500 daily Qantas and Jetstar passenger flights and its own dedicated freighter aircraft.

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