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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

Are Commercial Airlines allowed to carry USPS mail?


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User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1456 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1447 times:

Yes, and they actually do carry most....


thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

Thanks; I just wasn't sure if the restrictions imposed after 9/11/01 are still in effect.


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1456 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

The USPS by no means has the capacity to fly all that mail with their own aircraft. Remember that first class mail going over 200 miles usually flies...


thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1422 times:
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Yes they do Almost every airline has done it in the USA. Sometimes when you're sitting down in your seat and you see them loading the mail-type small and large containers that's it. They have a cardboard top and are secured together so they won't fall out. I usually notice it when I am flying commercially. Just remember when the Postal Service used to have their own planes. Now they don't.


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User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

Actually, Fed Ex carries a lot of the mail for the Postal Service. That started when the Postal Service decided it wasn't going to run its own planes anymore.

Its my personal belief that if the airlines are going to become profitable again they are going to have to start getting more mail and cargo in the bellies of the planes.

And, just within the last month the airlines got some great news on that front. Amtrak is getting out of the cargo business and have indicated its ready to give up its Postal contracts as well.

Amtrak hauls a lot of mail, and now that is mail that is going to have to go on planes as there is already a shortage of truck drivers.

Plus, Amtrak hauled a lot of perishable items like fruits from the West Coast headed to the east coast and time senasitive materials like magazines. That probably going to have to start going by air as well.

Amtraks misfortunes may just be another step for the airlines to return to profitability


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

Along these lines, can anyone with a plane apply for a postal contract? And how would one do that?


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineCO/ba From United States of America, joined May 2001, 399 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1388 times:

I believe the post 9-11 rules are passenger airlines can not carry anything over 16ozs. in wt. all that goes to fx. I think this is just for domestic mail as intl mail is very heavy and bulky and is tendered to pax airlines. I am not completely up to date on this as I have not been slinging mail for a while.

It is similar to the rules regarding shipping your own cargo on pax airline. If you are an unknown shipper you can not ship anything over 16oz with the exception of live animals in the U.S. You can however, ship as an unknown shipper out side of the U.S. into the U.S.




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