Landair Transport Australia’s first foray into the international market, its first overseas expansion, was a massive success.
The company, which has been operating from a warehouse in Melbourne since 2015, has been busy securing an international network of cargo handlers and moving the goods of foreign warlords.
Key points:Landair has expanded its international footprint, expanding its fleet to 1,300 trucksThe company has partnered with the Royal Australian Air Force to train aircrewLandair’s new fleet has the potential to deliver the goods to customers across the world Landair will offer its drivers training to help them develop skills in their fieldLandair said it is currently training 500 drivers from across the globe and is hoping to increase that number to 2,000.
But the company is now looking to scale up its international reach, with its first new fleet of trucks arriving in China this week.
Landair CEO and chairman, David Wills, said the company was looking to expand its fleet internationally by bringing in drivers from overseas.
“We’ve had a few trucks here in China and we’ve had some trucks from India,” Mr Wills said.
“There’s no doubt that we’ve got a huge number of people in China who want to be a part of this, so it’s a real challenge to make sure that we can do that.”
Mr Wills admitted it would be a challenging business to expand international, but said the business would grow in the future.
“It’s something we’re definitely going to look at and see how we can get it to scale, but right now we’re in a good position,” he said.
Landra said it was currently training 250 drivers in China, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with the aim of bringing in a further 150.
“What we’ve found is that if we’re getting in the right place at the right time, it can be a lot cheaper than we initially thought,” he told News.
“People want to learn.
They want to get on with it and learn the ropes and get themselves to where they want to go.”
Mr Jules, a retired Australian Airforce colonel, said he would like to see Landair become more involved in the global logistics sector.
“I’m a little bit disappointed to see a company like Landair not coming to Australia because I think they have a lot of potential and they could definitely do more,” he explained.
“But I’m glad they’re here, it would have been a waste of time to have them come over.”
Landair also announced it would hire a driver to train new drivers for its first fleet of passenger planes, the Landair Express.
Land Air will fly its first plane, the Skyliner, to Dubai, from Perth on April 24.